School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Gary Robinson

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Clinical Psychology



I am a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Clinical Psychology, as well as a Clinical Psychologist (HCPC Registered), a Sport and Exercise Psychologist (HCPC Registered), a Chartered Psychologist,  a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). 

I successfully completed the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), Newcastle University in 2004 and began a 10-year career working in adult mental health services within a local NHS mental health trust, specialising in group psychoanalytic psychotherapy. During this period I was also involved in providing sport psychology support to athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. 

In 2009 I joined the Newcastle University DClinPsych team as an Academic Tutor on a 2-day per week secondment from the NHS. This secondment increased to 3-days per week and included working as a Clinical Tutor, as well as Senior Academic Tutor. In 2014 I left the NHS to join the School of Psychology as a full time lecturer, where I continued working on the DClinPsyc team.

Membership of Professional Bodies

I am a member of the following professional bodies:

  • The UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC);
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS);
  • The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA);



My research draws upon, and contributes to, theoretical and empirical research in the broad areas of clinical and sport psychology and, in particular, the sub-field of performance anxiety. This includes using cognitive behavioural models of clinical anxiety disorders to provide a framework to investigate the cognitive process involved in the development and maintenance of performance anxiety, in a range of achievement domains. 


Teaching Responsibilities 


  • Module Designer and Leader, Clinical Psychology (PSY2017);
  • Module Designer and Leader, Clinical Sport and Exercise Psychology (PSY3039).


  • Module Designer and Leader, Physical Activity and Health (PSY8039).