Dr Amanda Martindale

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Performance Psychology


I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology) and a registered Practitioner Psychologist (Sport & Exercise) with the Health & Care Professions Council . I joined the University of Edinburgh as a member of staff in August 2006.

I provide sport and performance psychology support to high level athletes, coaches, and teams and have worked for a range of sporting bodies including the Scottish Institute of Sport, UK Athletics, and GB Shooting. I was a member of the Scotland Team (support staff) at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and have provided support to athletes preparing for World Championships, Olympic Games, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

More recently, I have been involved in the transference of peak performance psychology to other domains of performance (e.g., emergency response, medicine & healthcare, forensics, business, and academia) and am working in partnership with the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services and the National Organ Retrieval Service.

I teach on the MSc Performance Psychology programme (see link below).

Performance Psychology


PhD - Developing Professional Judgement and Decision Making Expertise in Applied Sport Psychology (University of Edinburgh) 2011

MSc Sport & Exercise Science (Sport Psychology pathway; Manchester Metropolitan University) 2000

BSc Hons. Psychology (University of St. Andrews) 1995-1999

Undergraduate teaching

BSc Applied Sport Science:

  • Special Topics in Sport Psychology 
  • Applying Sport Science
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate teaching

  • Peak Performance
  • Professional Skills in Development Environments
  • Dissertation

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Gala Morozova - Adaptive Expertise in Transplant Surgery: The Effects of Changing Organ Retrieval Practice on Team Performance

Hamish Johnson - Effects of a RaceRunning Intervention on the Physical, Psychological, Health and Social Wellbeing of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Anne Macdonald - The Effects of Mindfulness on Human Performance in the Workplace:  An Exploratory Case-Study with an International Sports Retailer

Ashley Ferkol -  Multi-Agency Teams: Investigating the Key Contextual Factors, Cognitive Demands, and Skills to Inform Effective Training

Paul Downes - Evaluating Perceptions of High Level S&C Coaches on the Types of Knowledge and Skills Needed

Michelle Smith (External) - Developing Professional Judgement and Decision-Making Expertise: A Shift from Competency to Expertise-Based Training in Applied Sport Psychology


Past PhD students supervised

Tina Stones -  What Does Well Being Mean to Young People in Comparison to the Scottish Policy Context? 2019

Edward Hall - An Ethnography of the Coaching Process 2015

Research summary

My principal research interest is the development and acceleration of professional judgement and decision making (PJDM) expertise. I am fascinated by how professionals make difficult decisions in complex environments.

I use techniques to access expert cognition across a range of high performance professions and am interested in how this knowledge can be represented, and used to train adaptive expertise in developing practitioners.

My other research interests include the use of peak performance psychology across a range of performance domains, and the use of mindfulness interventions for performance enhancement.

I am a member of the Human Performance Science (HPS) research group in the Institiute of Sport, P.E., and Health Sciences.   

Knowledge exchange

Current partnerships include:

Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services - Scene Examination

National Organ Retrieval Service/ Retrieval Edinburgh

Scottish Multi-Agency Resilience Training and Exercising Unit (SMARTEU) 

Project activity

My most recent research has been in partnership with the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services and the National Organ Retrieval Service. Examples of this work include:

  • Enhancing Organ Retrieval Team Performance (ESRC Impact Grant)
  • Accelerating Professional Judgement and Decision Making Expertise in Crime Scene Examination (ESRC Impact Grant)
  • Creating a Proficiency Scale for Scene Examination in Scotland (SIPR Small Research Grant)
  • Accelerating Professional Judgement and Decision Making Expertise:  Feedback and Scenario-Based Training in Crime Scene Examination (Scottish Institute for Policing Research Grant)
  • Exploring Professional Judgement & Decision Making Expertise in Crime Scene Examination (CHSS KE Grant in partnership with Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services)

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