School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Melissa Fothergill

Senior Lecturer



I joined the School of Psychology in Summer 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Health, Sport and Exercise Psychology. I am a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and currently provide sport psychology consultancy to Newcastle United Academy. I have previously provided support to Sunderland AFC Academy, Newcastle United Foundation, British Athletics AASE athletes and the England Athletics local coach development programme.  

Professional Memberships

Registered Practitioner Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Full Member of the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP)

Member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES)

Member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


I currently contribute to the following modules:

School of Psychology

PSY3046 Psychology for Sport Performance (Module Leader)

PSY3097: Empirical Project 

PSY1001: Psychological Enquiry 1

School of Biomedical Sciences

SES1005 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

SES2001 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology


I completed my PhD in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University. My doctoral research examined the psychobiological responses, specifically the role of testosterone and cortisol in the home advantage in football players.  I also investigated professional managers’, players’, referees’ and fans’ perceptions of the home advantage.

More recently, my research has continued to examine the psychological factors attributed to improving and understanding sport performance whilst additionally evaluating the impact of sport and physical activity participation on psychological wellbeing across the lifespan. I am currently working on industry funded research in some of these areas.