Jennifer Hobson

Jennifer Hobson BSc MSc CPsychol. HCPC

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology


I am a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Presently I am also the sport psychologist for the England Women's U17s football team and I am approaching completion of my PhD, which has involved extensively studying male academy soccer players' stress and mental health experiences.

With a wealth of experience as an applied practitioner working across youth and elite sport settings, I teach primarily on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. By providing insights into the demands associated with training to become and working as an applied sport and exercise psychologist, I hope to both inspire and better prepare sport psychologists of the future.




I joined Sheffield Hallam University in December 2022 after completing my BSc in Psychology at Newcastle University (2013), my MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University (2014) and spending five years working full-time as a sport and exercise psychologist in a football (soccer) academy. In this role, I supported staff, the players, and their parents, from under-9s to under-21s. During this time, I worked with a number of players who went on to train with and play for the first team. It was a valuable, challenging, and rewarding experience to see these players grow and develop, and to contribute a small part to their journey. Alongside this work, I completed my professional practice training with the BPS, so I am now a HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist.

At the football club I also collected data for my PhD, which allowed me to explore the applicability of the Theory of Challenge and Threat States in Athletes (TCTSA) to youth sports performers (aged 8 to 19 years). Specifically, I tracked academy players’ stress appraisals and mental health over the course of three seasons and will be publishing the results of my research in the coming years.

Prior to working at the football club, I provided sport psychology support to individual athletes across a variety of sports and delivered season-long programmes of support to young players in two talented disability football teams at the Birmingham Country FA. My wealth of applied experience and current involvement with the FA mean I am well placed to advise, inspire, and support students who are interested in applied sport and exercise psychology, and who are contemplating embarking upon such a career in the future.



Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Courses taught:

 - MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
 - BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science




Modules taught:

- Developing Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc)
- Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice (MSc)
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise (BSc)





- Stress, mental health and performance in sport
- Theory of Challenge and Threat States in Athletes
- Leadership in sport

Journal Articles
Devey, A., Turner, M.J., Artiran, M.K., & Hobson, J.A. (2022). Adolescent soccer athletes’ irrational beliefs about basic psychological needs are related to their emotional intelligence and mental health. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Arnold, R., Fletcher, D., & Hobson, J.A. (2018). Performance leadership and
management in elite sport: a black and white issue or different shades of grey? Journal of Sport Management, 32(5), 452-463.

Book Chapters
Hobson, J.A., Turner, M.J., & Jones, M.V. (in press). Using the TCTSA-R to explain mental health and wellbeing in athletes. In I. Nixdorf, R. Nixdorf, J. Beckmann, S. Martin, & T. Macintyre (Eds.), Routledge handbook of mental health in elite sport. Routledge.

Hobson, J.A., & Dixon, J.G. (in press). Dynamic cognitive-behavioural sport psychology: taking a multi-modal approach. In M. Turner, M. Jones, & A. Wood (Eds.), Applying cognitive behavioural therapeutic approaches in sport. Routledge.

Dixon, J.G., & Hobson, J.A. (in press). The things your training didn't teach you; Challenging conversations and speaking to power. In E. Prior, & T. Holder (Eds.), Navigating applied sport psychology: Reflections and insights from emerging practitioners. Routledge.


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