Dr. Niamh-Elizabeth Reilly

MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2008
PhD in Sport Psychology and Motor Learning of Individuals with an Intellectual Disability, 2014

I am from Co. Kildare in Ireland

Since my PhD I have gone on to become an inclusion and SEND specialist working for various national and international organisations on various innovative inclusion projects. I currently am an associate lecturer (Sport and Exercise) and an online tutor (Psychology) at the University of Derby. I teach across a range of undergraduate modules, supervise research projects and undertake research in the area of motor control and learning, skill acquisition, sport psychology and cognitive functioning (with a specialism in intellectual disabilities and Down syndrome). 

I work part-time for Youth Sport Trust as the lead for Project Ability and SEND Inclusion. Project Ability is a national programme that aims to have more young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) taking part in meaningful PE and school sport. It is a collaboratively funded project where we work with a network of 50 lead Project Ability schools across the country, each selected for their established expertise in inclusion and engaging young people with SEND. This network advises, advocates and educates on how to improve the quality of PE, competition and School Sport so as to extend the provision of physical activity for all pupils.

I am a successful entrepreneur with a thriving health and wellness business which I set up at the end of my PhD. This enables me to use my psychology, mentoring and coaching skills to help others to achieve their life goals, be it, financial, health, happiness goals etc.

I also work for Special Olympics Great Britain as the national Motor Activities Training Programme (MATP) Manager. MATP helps promote inclusive sport specific motor skill learning for individuals with profound and complex needs. I work 1 day a week on the development, structure and promotion of MATP across Great Britain.