Cherrie Daley - Performance Psychologist

From: Norwich
Course: Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
Level of study: MSc
Graduation Year: 2003

Current Employer: English Institute of Sport and Director of own Business

Job title: Performance Psychologist

Current Duties: Provision of Performance Psychology support for British Diving and England Women’s rugby (the RFU).  I also work privately with elite performers from a variety of sports including track & field and Paralympic swimming, and with clients from business contexts.

Story so far: Following my MSc I took a research assistant position at St Martin’s college, Lancaster (now University of Cumbria).  During my time in Lancaster I conducted research projects and developed a teaching role while conducting my PhD studies (part time) at Northumbria University.  Thanks to the support of my employer, and supervisors Dr Sandy Wolfson and Professor Pam Briggs, I successfully defended my thesis in 2009.  During the same period I developed my applied skills under the supervision of  Dr Dave Houlston, gaining Chartered Psychologist status from the British Psychological Society in 2008.
Now employed by the English Institute of Sport, I provide Psychology support to both British Diving and England Women’s rugby (the RFU).  I have been fortunate enough to support talented elite athletes and coaches in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, London Olympic and Paralympic Games and 6 Nations rugby victories. 

What I miss most about Bangor...The people who were there at that time, I made some great friends and also met people who inspired me to follow this career path and taught me a lot.  I also just miss the gorgeous setting!  Walking down to the department on a bright sunny day was a highlight of my time in Bangor. 

My time at Bangor... I had a fantastic time, I worked in the student’s union, played hockey for the university and studied with a great group.  There was definitely a ‘high performing’ culture there and thanks to the staff and applied opportunities, I improved a great deal.
Anything else you would like to share about your time in SSHES…the decision to study my MSc at Bangor is one which has influenced my career a great deal.  It was hard work but worth every bit of it!