Staff Profile


Mr Matthew Cunliffe

University Instructor

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921718

Profile summary

Matthew graduated from the University of Northampton in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in psychology with sport science, he then moved to Sheffield Hallam University to complete an MSc in sport and exercise psychology in 2012, and is currently undertaking a PhD in emotion regulation and sport injury with Dr Mark Uphill. In addition to this Matthew is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and has acheieved HCPC registered status as a practitioner sport and exercise psychologist. Matthew has worked as a consultant psychologist since 2012 to amateur and elite athletes in a variety of sports including gymnastics, swimming, skiing, golf, football, rugby, badminton and mixed martial arts, he is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and use this model on a regular basis both within sport and when treating mental health disorders in private practice. Finally Matthew is an expert in psychometric assessment, he is on the BPS register of test users and it qualified to assess both personality and cognitive ability in sport, work and clinical settings. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Matthew's research consists largely of qualitative work in social support, sport injury and applied sport psychology. In addition to his teaching and research Matthew is engaged in large amounts of consultancy with athletes and teams of all levels. Noteabley Matthew has travelled with the British Disabled Ski Team to training camps in Europe, has worked with national and international gold medalists, championship football teams. In addition to all of this consultancy Matthew has written and is involved with delivering coach education in psychology for both the PGA-UK and the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI). 

Teaching and subject expertise

Office hours are by appointment only. Email to book. 

External activities

Matthew is involved in a variety of consultancy and external training. He is the lead psychologist for England Touch Rugby and has a number of international appoitnments. He has previously been significnatly invovled with UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) talent ID programs looking to identify athlete for world class programs up to Tokyo 2020. 


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