Luke Norris
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Dr Luke Norris is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Coaching, with key research interests in social support and sport coaches psychological well-being.

He is also a UEFA B qualified coach with over 10 years experience, plying his trade in women's football at Bridgwater United FC.

Luke completed his PhD in Sport Psychology at Leeds Beckett University in 2018, entitled: 'A Qualitative Investigation of Social Support among Sports Coaches' and worked as a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett for a year. Luke then moved to University as Exeter as an Associate Lecturer before being appointed as a Lecturer at Harpury University in 2021.

Current teaching

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level 4)

Sport Psychology (Level 5)

Sport Psychology in Action (Level 6)

Coaching Children (Level 5)

Coaching and Teaching Portfolio (Theory) (Level 4)

The Sport and Exercise Professional (Level 4)

The Sport and Exercise Scientist (Level 5)

Research interests

His main focus of research is social support among sports coaches and how this influences coach performance and well-being. He also has interests in stress and well-being among sports coaches, as well as women coaches experiences. This has included projects with the FA.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Norris, L. A., Didymus, F. F., & Kaiseler, M. (In process). Sports Coaches’ Social Support Resources and Stressors. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.

Norris, L. A., Didymus, F. F., & Kaiseler, M. (2020). Understanding Social Networks and Social Support Resources with Sports Coaches. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 48.

Norris, L. A., Didymus, F., & Kaiseler, M. (2017). Stressors, Coping, and Well-Being among Sports Coaches: A Systematic Review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 33, 93-112.


Book Chapters

Norris, L. A., McGoldrick, M., Norman, L. J., & Clarke, N. (2021). An evaluation of a mentoring programme to support high performance women coaches. Routledge.

Didymus, F. F., Norris, L.A., Potts, A., & Staff, H. (2021). Psychological stress and performance. In Zenko, Z. & Jones, L. (eds.). Essentials of Sport and Exercise Psychology: An open access textbook. p. 683-709. Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology.

Newsletter Articles

Norris, L. A., Potts, A., & Didymus, F., F. (2017). Stressors and Coping among Sports Coaches: A behind the Scenes Insight. Published in American Association of Sport Psychology (AASP) Newsletter November Issue.

Potts, A. J., Heaviside, H. J., & Norris, L. A. (2017). Tapas, Sangria, and Sport Psychology: Doctoral Students’ Reflections on the International Society of Sport Psychology 14th World Congress. Published in Applied Sport Psychology Special Interest Group (ASP-SIG) Volume One December 2017.

Education/Academic qualification

Sport and Exercise Psychology, Doctorate (PhD), Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 10 Dec 2018

Sport and Exercise Psychology, MSc, Loughborough University

Award Date: 4 Sep 2015

Applied Sports, Health, and Exercise, BSc (Hons), University of East Anglia

Award Date: 2 Jun 2014


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