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Dr Melissa Fothergill - Newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Health, Sport and Exercise Psychology

One of our recent appointments in the School of Psychology is Dr Melissa Fothergill who has joined us as a Senior Lecturer in Health, Sport and Exercise Psychology.  Melissa is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and registered with the BPS as a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  Melissa completed her PhD in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University and in her doctoral work, she examined the role of testosterone and cortisol in the home advantage in football players.  She also investigated professional managers', players', referees' and fans' perceptions of the home advantage.

Melissa continues to conduct research which has an applied focus, examining the psychological factors attributed to understanding and improving sport performance.  She is also interested in evaluating the impact of sport and physical activity participation on psychological wellbeing across the lifespan and has received industry funding to investigate some of these areas.  Melissa is a professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).  She is also an invited reviewer for several Sport and Exercise Psychology journals.

Melissa is involved in applied consultancy work and she is currently the Newcastle United Academy Sport Psychologist working with the U9-U23 squads alongside the Academy coaches and parents.  She has previously provided support to Sunderland AFC Academy, Newcastle United Foundation, British Athletics AASE athletes and the England Athletics local coach development programme.

We are delighted to welcome Melissa to the school.


Dr Melissa Fothergill, Senior Lecturer in Health, Sport & Exercise Psychology

published on: 5 July 2018