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Dr Elizabeth Pummell

Senior Lecturer Sport and Exercise Psychology


I studied psychology at the University of London (Royal Holloway College) before completing a Masters in sport and exercise psychology at Loughborough University and where, subsequently I was awarded a doctorate. My doctoral research was focused upon junior athletes making the transition to senior level. I am a BASES-accredited (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) sport and exercise scientist, as well as a British Psychological Society chartered sport psychologist, and HCPC registered practitioner psychologist. I have worked with athletes from a number of sports but specialise in work with equestrian competitors and tennis athletes, helping them make the transition to higher level performance. Before joining Kingston University, I was Head of Sport Psychology for the elite training programme at one of a small number of international high performance tennis centres in the UK. I am still active within tennis, working closely with the International Tennis Federation.

Areas of specialism

  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Practitioner Psychologist

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Courses taught



  • PhD Sport Psychology (Loughborough University)
  • PGCHE (Kingston University)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (Loughborough University)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Professional membership

British Psychological Society: Full member of Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: Full member and accredited sport and exercise scientist.


My recent research has focused on athlete well-being and athlete development/transition, as well as the psychological benefits of physical activity.


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