School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Melissa Fothergill

Senior Lecturer



Melissa joined the School of Psychology in summer 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Melissa is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Sport and Exercise Psychologist, has Chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Melissa has several years’ experience of working in applied sport environments, she currently provides sport psychology consultancy to Newcastle United Academy. Melissa has also provided sport psychology support to Sunderland AFC Academy, Newcastle United Foundation, Special Olympics Gateshead, British Athletics AASE athletes and the England Athletics local coach development programme.  


Professional Memberships and Affiliations

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)

Member of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE)

Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) for Stage 2 Qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology (QSEP)


School of Psychology

PSY3046 Psychology for Sport Performance (Module Leader)

PSY3097: Empirical Project 

PSY1001: Psychological Enquiry 1


School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

SES1005: Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

SES2001: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology


Melissa completed her PhD in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University in 2010. Her doctoral research examined psychobiological responses, specifically the role of testosterone and cortisol in the home advantage in football players.  Melissa also investigated professional managers’, players’ referees’ and fans’ perceptions of the home advantage in football.

More recently, Melissa’s research has continued to examine the psychological factors attributed to understanding and optimising sport performance whilst additionally evaluating the impact that sport and physical activity participation can have on psychological well being across the lifespan.