Dr Amanda Martindale

Programme Director: MSc Performance Psychology / Senior Lecturer in Sport & Performance Psychology


I graduated in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews and went on to study Sport & Exercise Science (Sport Psychology pathway) at Manchester Metropolitan University. I joined the University of Edinburgh as a Doctoral student in January 2004 and then as a member of staff in August 2006. My PhD thesis was on Developing Professional Judgement and Decision Making Expertise in Applied Sport Psychology.

Alongside my Doctoral studies I completed professional training to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (Division of Sport & Exercise) and am a registered Practitioner Psychologist (Sport & Exercise) with the Health & Care Professions Council.

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, GB Shooting, and the Scottish Target Shooting Federation. 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 the 2005 World Judo Championships, 2008 Olympic Games, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In addition to high performance sport, I am interested in the transference of peak performance psychology to other domains of performance (e.g., emergency services, medicine & healthcare, military, business, and academia) and am Programme Director for the MSc Performance Psychology course (see link below). I am currently working in partnership with the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services to accelerate the professional judgement and decision making expertise of crime scene examiners.

Performance Psychology

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

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 am interested in accessing expert cognition across a range of high performing professions and in how this knowledge can be used to develop and train adaptive expertise.

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

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

Research activities

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Project activity

My most recent research has been in partnership with the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services. examples of this work include:

  • 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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