Dr Jamie Barker

Job Title and Responsibilities

Associate Professor of Applied Performance Psychology

  • Active researcher and contributor to the Centre for Sport, Health, and Exercise Research (CSHER)

  • PhD Supervisor

  • MSc (Applied) Sport and Exercise Psychology Award Leader

  • External Examiner

About Me

I graduated from Staffordshire University in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Studies and then an MSc in Sport, Health, and Exercise Science in 2000. Following my MSc I worked as a lecturer in sport psychology at Edge Hill University, before returning to Staffordshire University in 2001 to undertake a lecturing role in sport and exercise psychology. While undertaking my lecturing role I undertook a PhD under the supervision of Dr Marc Jones, Professor Tom Cochrane, and Dr Iain Greenlees. I graduated with my Doctorate in 2009.


2010. Primary Practicum Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Centre for REBT, University of Birmingham
2010. PGC Research Supervision, Staffordshire University
2010. British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Scientist
2010. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Re-Accreditation as a Sport and Exercise Scientist
2009. British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist (Sport and Exercise Psychology).
2008. PhD entitled: Using hypnosis to enhance self-efficacy in sport performers; Staffordshire University (Supervised by Dr Marc Jones, Dr Iain Greenlees and Professor Tom Cochrane; External Examiners: Professor. David Lavallee, and Dr Stephen Mellalieu)
2008. PGC Research Methods; Staffordshire University
2005. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist
2005. Introduction to Counselling Skills; Staffordshire University
2002. Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis; London College of Clinical Hypnosis
2000. MSc Sport, Health & Exercise Science (Merit); Staffordshire University
1998. BSc (Hons) Sport Studies. Upper second class (2:1) including First Class Dissertation; Staffordshire University

Professional Memberships and Activities

Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Accredited)

British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow, Chartered Scientist, Stage 2 Supervisor and Assessor, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Committee Member, Sport and Exercise Psychology Review Editorial Board Member)

Health and Care Professions Council (Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist)


My expertise is as a sport and exercise psychologist within the areas of self- and collective-efficacy, hypnosis, and single-case research methods. My PhD examined the effect of hypnosis on athletes’ self-efficacy.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I currently practice as a sport psychology consultant (on behalf of Sport and Exercise) in providing sport psychology support to Nottingham Forest Football Club, and Staffordshire County Cricket Club Academies. I am also involved in developing sport hypnosis and e-learning workshops, along with running a BASES supervised experience program

Research Interests

My research is focussed on applied (sport and performance) psychology and typically exploring the effects of psychological interventions on important performance-related outcomes. To this end, my interests include hypnosis, rational-emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), group dynamics, leadership, stress, and applied research methods. I am currently involved in a number of research-projects relating to stress-management and leadership in elite sport and blue-chip business settings. I have a national and international research reputation with over 25 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, six book chapters, three books, and one special issue.
Take a look at my research books on the links below.

The Psychology of Cricket: Developing Mental Toughness
By Stewart Cotterill and Jamie Barker
Published by Bennion Kearny

Single-Case Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Psychology
By Jamie Barker, Paul McCarthy, Marc Jones, and Aidan Moran
Published by Routledge
Take a look on Sport and Exercise YouTube Channel  for latest research interviews

Selected Publications

Barker, J. B., Jones, M.V., & Greenlees, I. (2013). Using hypnosis to enhance self-efficacy in sport performers: Theory, research, and future Directions. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 7 (3), 228-247.

Evans, A. E., Turner, M. J., Slater, M. S., Barker, J. B. (2013). Using personal-disclosure mutual-sharing to enhance group functioning in a professional soccer academy. The Sport Psychologist, 27 (3), 233-243.

Barker, J. B., Mellalieu, S. D., McCarthy, P. J., Jones, M. V., & Moran, A. (2013). Special issue editorial: Single-case research methods in sport psychology. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (1), 1-3.

Barker, J. B., Mellalieu, S. D., McCarthy, P. J., Jones, M. V., & Moran, A. (2013). A review of single case research in sport psychology 1997-2012: Research trends and future directions. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (1), 4-32.

Slater, M. S., Evans, A. E., & Barker, J. B. (2013). Promoting social identities to motivate athletes toward peak performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games: Reflecting for Rio 2016. Reflective Practice, 14, (5), 672-679.

Turner, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2013). Examining the use of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) on irrational beliefs and anxiety in elite youth cricketers. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (1), 133-147.

Turner, M. J., & Barker, J. B. (2013). What the 2012 Olympic Games can teach us about dealing with pressure. Reflective Practice, 14, (5), 622-631.

Turner, M. J., Jones, M. V., Sheffield, D., Slater, M. J., Barker, J. B., & Bell, J. (2013). Who thrives under pressure? Predicting the performance of elite academy cricketers using the cardiovascular indicators of challenge and threat states. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35 (4), 387-397.

Jones, M. V., Coffee, P., Sheffield, D., Yanguez, M., & Barker, J. B. (2012). Just a game? Changes in English and Spanish soccer fans’ emotions in the 2010 World Cup. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13 (2), 162-169.

Barker, J. B., McCarthy, P. J., Harwood, C. G. (2011). Reflections on consulting in elite youth male English cricket and soccer academies. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 7, 58-72.

Windsor, P., Barker, J. B., & McCarthy, P. J. (2011). Doing sport psychology: Personal-disclosure mutual-sharing in professional soccer. The Sport Psychologist. 25, 94-114.

Barker, J. B., Jones, M. V., & Greenlees, I. (2010). Assessing the immediate and maintained effects of hypnosis on self-efficacy and soccer wall-volley performance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32, 243-252 (IF 2.80).

Current Teaching

Professional Practice Skills in Sport and Exercise Psychology

MSc (Applied) Sport and Exercise Psychology Award Leader
Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Module Leader)
Masters Dissertation for Sport and Exercise Psychology (Module Leader)
Social Processes in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Module Leader)


Dr. Jamie Barker
Associate Professor
School of Psychology, Sport, & Exercise
Faculty of Health Sciences
Brindley Building
Leek Road

t: : +44 (0)1782 295810
e: j.b.barker@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @DrJamieBarker