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Dr Melissa Fothergill

Melissa Fothergill is a Sport and Exercise Psychology lecturer in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. She is also a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Melissa is currently Sport and Exercise Psychology discipline lead for the department and she teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules pertaining to sport, exercise and health psychology.

Melissa obtained her PhD from Northumbria University in November 2010 and her doctoral research focussed on the hormonal, territorial and multi-perceptual approach to the home advantage in football. Prior to joining Northumbria in 2006 to study for her doctorate Melissa obtained her BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Development degree and her Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Melissa currently provides sport psychology support to an elite football academy team where she delivers bespoke sport psychology workshops to players, coaches and parents. She has also previously worked with professional football players and managers. Melissa continues to develop research in relation to understanding the home advantage, performance environment and the role of hormones in response to venue and perceptions of stress. She is also committed to studying the positive effects that sports and exercise related behaviours can have on facilitating psychological wellbeing.

Professional Memberships

• Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
• Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
• Member of British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES)