Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology 2023 Annual Conference

28 November 2023 - 29 November 2023
  • Sport and Exercise
From £60
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Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology


The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference is an important academic and applied networking event that has something for everyone:

  • Be inspired by our keynote speakers and award winners
  • Discover new innovative research
  • Debate hot topics
  • Learn about new and/or refine existing applied approaches and techniques
  • Network with leading professionals

The theme for the 2023 conference is: The good, the bad and the ugly: Reflection and learnings from Applied Practice and Academia. 

We would like to encourage attendees and presenters to consider our key conference values when submitting abstracts: insight, honesty, integrity, celebration, openness, and collaboration. 

This year the conference will be held in the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Accommodation will be available at the conference venue. Given its central location, a range of alternatives will also be in close proximity as are major public transport links including rail and tram.

"The good, the bad and the ugly: Reflection and learnings from Applied Practice and Academia. "

This years, highly anticipated, British Psychological Society's Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology annual conference is due to be held in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Taking place at the Place Hotel on Tuesday the 28th and Wednesday the 29th of November, in the heart of the city, the conference is sure to be well attended by experiences practitioners, academics and trainees from across the country and beyond.

The theme for this year's conference, "The good, the bad and the ugly: Reflection and learnings from Applied Practice and Academia" is designed to inspire the field to share, learn and reflect on not only the perfect case studies, we often see published in journal articles but also the hardships and challenges of working within the field of sport and exercise. Unlike conferences before, the committee provided the following values for the conference; insight, honesty, integrity, celebration, openness, and collaboration to guide the submission process. It is hoped that this years conference will be a celebration of all things sport and exercise psychology.

Prior to the official conference opening, delegates will be invited to our Kick-off event on Monday the 27th of November, a pre-conference tour of the Oriam Sports Performance Centre. This is a space utilised by many National sporting bodies, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Football Association and the likes of Sport Scotland Institute of Sport and Hearts football Club.  This will be followed up by a panel discussion on Women and Football. Amongst the panel will be Michael McArdle (Head of women and girls' game at the Scottish Football Association), Eva Olid (Head Coach of Heart of Midlothian Women Football Club), Alban Dickson (Performance Psychologist at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, completing a PhD in Psychosocial Development in Young Footballers) and (Sport Psychologist at the Scottish Institute of Sport).

Highly anticipated conference keynotes include: Dr Lynne Johnston and Dr Paula Watson, Dr David Fletcher, Dr Paul McCarthy, and Dr Peter Olusoga

Whatever you do, don't forget to bring your dancing shoes.  Monday evening will bring the conference dinner, an opportunity to network. And most importantly the after-dinner entertainment… a traditional Scottish Ceilidh.


Key submission dates
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June 2023

Online submission system opens

29 August 2023

Deadline for all submissions

W/C  25 September 2023 Notification of submission outcomes
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Authors are strongly advised to register on the on-line submission system and begin preparing their submissions well in advance of the following deadlines

If you wish to submit more than one abstract, please complete individual submissions for each.

How to Submit

Please ensure you read the submission guidelines below before submitting, including the reviewer guidelines. These allow you to see how your submissions will be reviewed.

Please make your submissions via  the online application portal by clicking the 'Make a Submission' button below. You will need to create an account if this is your first time submitting. 

If you any queries about submissions please contact us at [email protected]

Access Submission Guidelines and Submit Symposia 

Access Submission Guidelines and Submit All Submissions except Symposia 


Registration is available online only. 

All rates listed are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

The Early Bird Rate will end at 11:59 BST Thursday 5 October 2023.

Registration will close at 11:59GMT Monday 20th November 2023.

2 Day Attendance
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Delegate category

Early Rate

Standard Rate

Concession Member £100 £148
DSEP Member £200 £240
Affiliate Subscriber £272 £320
BPS Member £285 £333
Non-BPS Member  £340 £388
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Single Day Attendance
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Delegate category

Early Rate

Standard Rate

Concession Member £60 £108
DSEP Member  £160 £200
Affiliate Subscriber £232 £280
BPS Member £245 £293
Non-BPS Member  £300 £348
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Conference Dinner 

Come and celebrate the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, reconnect with your peers, and make new connections at our Annual Conference Dinner.

We are offering you a 3-course menu with half a bottle of wine, followed by dancing the night away with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh. 

The conference dinner will be held from 18:30 to 00:00 at:

  • The Place Hotel
    34-36 York Place
    EH1 3HU

If you would like to attend the conference dinner this is an optional extra, at the cost of £49 incl. VAT, for the first 80 registrants. After which the cost is £58 incl.VAT.

The early bird conference dinner has now sold out. The standard rate cost is £58 incl.VAT.

How to register for this event

Returning Customers (members and non-members)

In order to register for the event you will need to sign in using your BPS website log in details.

We have implemented a new Membership Database and if you haven't received your pre-registration email you will need to request your unique registration link.

Once you have the link, you can complete your registration on our portal.

Once you have registered on the portal please use your username and password to log in and register for the event.

If you have forgotten your log-in details, you can reset your username or password here.

Non-returning customers (members and non-members)

If you are not a returning customer, you will need to create your BPS account on the portal. The process is straightforward and takes just a few minutes.

Once you have registered on the portal please use your username and password to log in and register for the event.

DSEP 2023 Pre-Conference Tour

"Psychology in Womens Football"

As part of the 2023 DSEP Conference, we are delighted to offer delegates an opportunity to connect, explore, and learn with our Pre-Conference Tour. Ahead of the conference proper, we invite you to join us at Scotland's Sports Performance Centre.

Delegates will be introduced to some of the facilities on offer at Oriam, based on the campus of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Host to offices for sportscotland, the Scottish Football Association, and Heart of Midlothian Football Club amongst others we shall be invited by colleagues to hear illustrations of their work and where psychology can contribute.

Monday 27th November 2023

  • Arrival – 4:00pm
    • Group transport will be coordinated from the Place Hotel, or delegates can arrive independently.
  • Tour of Oriam facilities, inclusive of meeting staff from Heart of Midlothian Football Club and sportscotland.
    • Andrew Webster (Head of Academy, Heart of Midlothian Football Club)
    • Representative of the sportscotland Physiotherapy team.
  • Panel Discussion – "Psychology in Womens Football" – 4:40pm
    • Eva Olid (Head Coach, Heart of Midlothian Women Football Club)
    • Michael McArdle (Girls & Womens Performance Manager, Scottish Football Association)
    • Hosted by:
      • Dr. Zoe Black (Sport Psychologist, sportscotland)
      • Alban Dickson (Performance Psychologist, Heart of Midlothian Football Club)
  • Social Sport – 5:30pm
    • Meet and compete with other conference attendees!
    • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes if you wish to participate
  • Departures – 6:30pm
    • As above, group transport back to central Edinburgh will be coordinated.

Following the growth of womens football, and succeeding the 2023 Womens World Cup, we are delighted to facilitate a panel discussion to discuss Psychology in Womens Football. Here, delegates are expected to gain an understanding on the current practice, potential challenges, and future directions relating to psychology in the game. Featuring a range of expert's offering their insight, an opportunity to contribute questions will also be available.

Please note places on the tour are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis

Please note that transport costs are not included, but a member of the conference committee will be on hand to organise use of public transport to and from the venue for the pre-conference tour.

Registration is required, this will be available to delegates at the point of registration. Delegates who have already registered will be contact by e-mail and may confirm their attendance in this way.



Dr Cath Bishop

Keynote Speaker - Dr Cath Bishop

Dr Cath Bishop is a triple Olympian, former British diplomat, leadership and culture coach.  Cath teaches on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and is the author of an acclaimed book, ‘The Long Win’, one of the FT’s top 10 Business books of 2020.

Cath competed in rowing at 3 Olympic Games, winning World Championships gold in 2003 and Olympic silver in Athens 2004. As a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for 12 years, Cath specialized in policy and negotiations on conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq.

Cath now works as a speaker alongside her work as a leadership and culture coach, facilitator and author. She works with leaders across sport, business and education to develop high performing teams, resilient and inclusive environments and sustainable performance cultures where people can thrive and do their best work.  Her approach is one that both challenges and supports leaders to think differently, to trust and to adopt a human-centred approach.

Cath speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, performance and cultural change in sport, business and education.  Cath writes regularly on topics relating to culture in sport for The Guardian. Cath acts as an Independent Advisor on the Oversight Board for cultural reform at British Gymnastics and is the Chair of Love Rowing, British Rowing’s charitable foundation that raises funds for projects to increase access to rowing.  She is an Advisor and Ambassador for The True Athlete Project, a non-profit organisation which provides holistic development programmes in sport.  Cath is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Dr Lynne Johnston

Dr Lynne Johnston

Lynne is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow with the BPS, and an HCPC registered practitioner psychologist. She works as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS and in private practice; she has worked for the majority of her NHS career in clinical health psychology working specifically into bariatrics, cardiology, complex orthopaedics, and specialist weight management.

Lynne completed her PhD (Psychological impact of injury in elite sport) at the University of Birmingham in the 1990s. She worked as an academic and applied practitioner in sport and exercise psychology until 2006. During this time, Lynne was a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS) and worked on the Accreditation Committee for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES; Psychology).

Lynne completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2009. She has subsequently undertaken further post-doctoral training alongside her clinical work in CBT (PG Dip); EMDR; CBT-e; (eating disorders); and sensorimotor psychotherapy (trauma & the body).

Lynne has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2001 and is a founding member of UK & Ireland MINT. In 2022, she was selected to co-lead the international training of new trainers in the USA on behalf of MINT.

She is currently writing a practitioner workbook focussing on skill development in Motivational Interviewing with a colleague in the USA. Lynne maintains an enthusiastic interest in the supervision of qualified and trainee clinical psychologists.  She currently supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology (research) at the University of Glasgow and also the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. 

Professor David Fletcher

David Fletcher is a Professor at Loughborough University whose expertise in human performance and health is grounded in scientific disciplines and professional services relating to psychology, leadership, management, and coaching. He is among the most distinguished, cited, and impactful performance psychologists in the world.

As an Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Loughborough University Leadership Group, David co-leads sport, health, and well-being strategy at the University. He also acts as a performance and health specialist advisor to senior leaders and their teams across the University's academic, professional, and athletic services.

David's consultancy, research, and teaching focus on human excellence and well-being in sport, business, military, and other performance domains. His work addresses how high achievers develop, succeed, and thrive in demanding environments.

David has published widely, and he is an experienced keynote speaker at corporate and academic events, currently serves in senior editorial positions for peer-reviewed journals, has been the recipient of prestigious awards from international organisations for his practice and research, and is an expert media contributor for English-speaking television, radio, and newspapers.

Dr Paul McCarthy

Dr Paul McCarthy is the Programme Director for the Taught Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is an active researcher and lecturer in psychology, especially sport and exercise psychology. His private practice serves clients from amateur to professional status, with a specific emphasis on golf, football, rugby, and athletics. In his research, he examines issues within applied sport psychology practice alongside emotion, attention and motivation among athletes. He has published various peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and books.

Dr Peter Olusoga

Dr Peter Olusoga

Dr Peter Olusoga is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University.

His PhD thesis, completed in 2012, focused on stress and coping in elite sports coaching, and his current research focuses on coach burnout, and well-being in high-performance environments.

Dr Olusoga is a BPS Chartered Psychologist, an experienced consultant, and host of the award-winning sport and performance psychology podcast, Eighty Percent Mental.

Dr Paula Watson

Dr Paula Watson

Paula started her psychology career as a practitioner-researcher in 2005, leading an NHS-commissioned behaviour change programme for families with children living with overweight (GOALS) for 8+ years.

Having then “fallen” into an academic position where she accumulated 35+ applied research publications, supervised 15+ doctorates and acquired a Readership in Exercise and Health Psychology, Paula left higher education in August 2022 to pursue her passion as a full-time applied exercise psychologist (Made Up To Move).

Paula co-founded the Applied Psychologists in Physical Activity Network (APPAN), recently co-edited The Applied Sport and Exercise Practitioner book (Routledge, 2003) and has been heavily involved with the ongoing development of the BASES SEPAR training pathway.

Outside of work, you’ll usually find Paula at parkrun, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or cycling around Liverpool!


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