Dr Gillian Cook is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. She is the Module Leader for Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences, as well as contributing to several other modules across the curriculum. Gillian’s research interests include high performance leadership, and the psychology of performance excellence.
Gillian is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist. She works with elite athletes and coaches from a variety of sports to enhance performance.
Gillian joined the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores in October 2019. She graduated with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2012. Gillian continued her studies at Loughborough University, graduating with Distinction from the MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise programme in 2013. She conducted her PhD in collaboration with British Swimming, and examined the psychology of the world’s best Olympic swimming coaches, and in particular, understanding how they optimise their own and their athlete’s performance. Through her research and applied consultancy, Gillian has been the recipient of various awards including the 2014 British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc Award; the 2015 Global Editors Network News Data App of the Year Award; the 2018 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Award for Excellence in Science Practitioner Endeavors; and the 2019 Loughborough University Doctoral College Research Student Prize.
2019, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, PhD
2013, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise
2012, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, BSc Psychology (Hons)
Engagement & Impact
Loughborough University Doctoral College Research Student Prize, Loughborough University. 2019
Student Award for Excellence in Science Practitioner Endeavors, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. 2018
News Data App of the Year Award, Global Editors Network. 2015
Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology's MSc Award, British Psychological Society. 2014
Colours Award for Outstanding Dedication to Sport, University of Aberdeen. 2012
Membership of professional bodies:
Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, British Psychological Society.
Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council.