Originally from the UK, Vicki completed her education and training at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). She completed her Master’s and Doctorate in Sport Psychology, alongside three years applied training and supervised experience in order to gain successful BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) accreditation and BPS (British Psychological Society) Chartered Certification in the UK. She is also qualified as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through AASP, and is a Certification Council (CC) member and chair of the Application Review Committee (ARC).

Vicki’s doctoral research studied context and practice within youth soccer, exploring psychological well-being through qualitative research methods that utilized both mainstream theory and an exploration of culture and practice. Her research involved conducting research in applied settings, working closely with athletes in one-to-one and group situations, and alongside coaches and medical practitioners within a collaborative multidisciplinary team.


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With extensive education, training and experience, Vicki has acquired professional knowledge and understanding in teaching and applied practice. She previously taught in Higher Education at Liverpool John Moores University, and within her role at a professional soccer club as a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Head of Education & Welfare, she designed, led and managed the coordination of all education and psychology programs.

As an applied practitioner for over 14 years, Vicki’s professional practice and experience is predominantly within European soccer, where she worked at a professional soccer academy as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team with various practitioners (coaches, sport scientists and medical practitioners), with particular reference to psychological well-being, youth development and coaching practice. Other experiences across different sports also include working with GB archery, and traveling to international competitions at senior and junior level.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and different cultures, watching live sport events (tuning into the English Premier League when possible!), music concerts, taking photographs, and participating in a variety of leisure activities from fitness to outdoor pursuits.


Performance Enhancement A

Performance Enhancement B

Sport Psychology B

Fieldwork Orientation

Individual & Group Supervision

Selected Publications

Tomlinson, V., and Alexander, B. (2018). Finding a Supervisor: How Can You Create the Right Match? In: A. Pope- Rhodius, S. Robinson, S. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing, and Executing Applied Work. New York, NY: Routledge.

Knowles, Z., Gilbourne, D., Tomlinson, V. and Anderson A. (2007). Reflections on reflective practice: Thoughts on process, outcomes and rationale within supervision. The Sport Psychologist, 21 (1), p.109-122.

Credentials & Accolades

Certification Council (CC) Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Application Review Committee (ARC) Chair, Association for Applied Sport Psychology

PhD Sport Psychology “Context and practice within a youth football setting: An exploration of psychological well-being through action research processes”.
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counseling (ABC accredited). Bolton Community College, UK

MSc Sport Psychology. Liverpool John Moores University, UK

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Biology (BPS accredited and GBC membership). Liverpool John Moores University, UK