New head for Welsh sports department

Dr Joanne Thatcher has been appointed Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University.

A graduate of Bangor University, Dr Joanne Thatcher received a PhD in Developmental Sport Psychology, also from Bangor University.

An  Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chartered Psychologist, Dr Thatcher is a past chair of our Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology and the current Chair of the Society Qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology Board.

Dr Thatcher has taught in sport and exercise science since 1996 and has acted as sport psychology consultant to athletes from a range of sports, including those at international standard. She has published research in international and national journals, co-edited the second edition of Coping and Emotion in Sport, published by Routledge, and co-authored the following books: Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Psychology (Learning Matters) and Sport Psychology (Palgrave Macmillan). 

Her research interests include psychophysiological and affective responses to exercise and competitive stress, and exercise motivation in clinical and non-clinical populations.

Dr Thatcher told this website: "I'm delighted to be appointed as Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University. This is a very exciting time here with a number of changes, challenges and developments, not least closer working between sport and exercise science and our department of Psychology, which of course opens up lots of opportunities for us both to advance in the field."

 

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