Professor Richard Thelwell
Head of Department
Having joined the School in September 2000, Richard became Head of School in August 2009 and was awarded a Personal Chair in Applied Sport Psychology in June, 2017. Richard is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and an Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Further to this, he was awarded a BASES Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to sport and exercise science in the UK.
In addition to his Education and Research activities, Richard has a wealth of practitioner experience across a range of professional sporting organisations and governing bodies, and he currently works in professional cricket and serves on varying professional body committees.
Having spent several years examining the benefit of psychological skills training for sports performance, more recent work has focused within the area of coach psychology (stress, emotion, coping and performance), psychological skills and behaviour change, and practitioner development. Richard also has a vested research interest in professional practice factors in applied sport psychology (which is reinforced by his applied activities and leadership of the BASES HCPC approved Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route) and is able to evidence a substantial income record for consultancy.
In addition to having an extensive peer-review publication record (including edited texts) he currently serves as an Associate Editor for Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and on the Editorial Board for International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and International Journal of Sport Psychology.