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Kelly Massey

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Science

Miss Kelly Massey is a Senior Lecture within the School of Sports and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. She forms part of the Physical Education team that was nominated by the students for the Amazing Course Team award at the 2020 Amazing Teaching Awards. Kelly gained her undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Science at LJMU and is currently completing her Doctoral Degree in Elite Athlete Identity Transitions, working closely with Doctor Amy Whitehead.

Kelly is a former International 400m athlete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland and has Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medals to her name. Alongside Athletics she taught Physical Education and Dance at secondary school level.

Kelly remains active within the elite sport environment through her research and as a UK: Anti-doping educator, Coach and Athlete Mentor for both British Athletics and England Athletics. Kelly is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for England Athletics, a Safeguarding Panellist for England Boxing and an Ambassador for multiple sporting organisations including Greater Sport.


2007, Liverpool John Moores Univiersity, United Kingdom, Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)


2017, Brighton School of Business and Management, Certificate of Coaching and Mentoring

Academic appointments

Lecturer/Senior Lecture, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present

Postgraduate training

PG Cert Teaching and Learning, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - 2019
Physical Education PGCE, United Kingdom, Manchester Metropolitain University, 2010 - 2011

Journal article

Massey KL, Cronin CJ, Whitehead AE. 2024. ‘Baby Ban’ and ‘We are not the same’: Creative non-fiction dialogue exploring pregnancy and motherhood for a funded Paralympic and unfunded Olympic athlete Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 16 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Hurst P, King A, Massey K, Kavussanu M, Ring C. 2023. A national anti-doping education programme reduces doping susceptibility in British athletes Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 69 :102512-102512 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Massey K, Whitehead AE. 2022. Pregnancy and Motherhood in Elite Sport: The Longitudinal Experiences of two Elite Athletes Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 60 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


Pullen E, Massey K. 2023. Experiences of Pregnancy on the World Class Programme: Athlete Partner Research Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

External committees:

Research Advisory Group, Dance Mama, Board Member, 2023

Scientific Advisory Board, Active Pregnancy Foundation, Board Member, 2022

Safeguarding Panel, England Boxing. 2019

Board of Trustees, England Athletics. 2018


Rising Star Award Winner, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021

Shortlisted for Amazing Course Team, Liverpool John Moores Student Union. 2020

External collaboration:, UK: Sport, UK:Sport Governing Body and Athlete Guidance for Pregnancy. 2021

Teaching qualification:

Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in HE. 2019

UK: Anti-doping Accredited Educator. 2018

Qualified Teachers Status: Physical Education. 2011


Fellowship of Advance HE, Liverpool John Moores University. 2019

Membership of professional bodies:

Coach and Mentor, Chartered Management Institute. 2017

Athletics Coach, UK Athletics. 2015

Media Coverage:

Secret Lives of Lecturers: The Olympian

Conference organisation:

2020 LJMU Power of Sport Student Conference, Co-Organiser Lead,