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Dr Melissa Day

Dr Melissa Day - Reader in Qualitative Sport Psychology

Since completing her PhD and joining the University in 2007, Melissa has gained recognition for her work as a Sports Psychologist with a research-specialism in the area of stress, injury and trauma, and qualitative research methodology. She has presented research papers to 20 international conferences, including the conferences of the European College of Sport Science (Finland in 2007, Portugal in 2008, Spain in 2013), the European Congress of Sports Psychology (Portugal in 2011), the British Psychological Society (in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013), the International Convention for Science, Exercise and Medicine in Sport and the International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (Loughborough 2014).

In 2011-2012 she won a £10,000 grant from the Richard Benjamin Trust to support her research into the ‘Paralympic Journey from Trauma to Triumph’ (with initial findings published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation in 2013). Her 17 publications to date include a range of peer-reviewed journals. This body of work meant she was entered by the University, as a newly qualified researcher, in RAE2008 and in REF2014 as a full staff member. 

Specialist research


Melissa has research interests in the following areas:

  • Stress, appraisal and coping
  • Trauma and disability
  • Psychology of injury
  • Lost move syndrome
  • Qualitative methods


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Health and Care Professions Council


Melissa has written, and contributed to, many academic journal papers, books, book chapters and conference presentations. 

She has also been journal reviewer for a number of highly recognised publications, including:

  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • The Sport Psychologist 
  • Anxiety, Stress and Coping
  • European Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health