Prof Nichola Callow

PVC/Head of College

Contact info

Position: Professor, Dean of College of Human Sciences


Phone: (01248) 38 8243

Location: George Building, Normal Site

Web: Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

Video profile: Watch Prof Nichola Callow's video profile

Contact Info

Position: Professor, Dean of College of Human Sciences


Phone: (01248) 38 8243

Location: George Building, Normal Site

Web: Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

Video profile: Watch Prof Nichola Callow's video profile



Professor in Sport Psychology, Dean of the College Health and Behavioural Sciences




P.G.G.E. BA Joint Hons

Professional Qualifications:

BPS Chartered Psychologist since 2000.

Brief biography:

Professor Nichola Callow received a BSc degree in Physical Education and Psychology, a PGCE in Outdoor Activities and Science and a PhD in Sport Psychology from Bangor University in 1991, 1992 and 2000 respectively. She received her Personal Chair in 2012, and is currently the Dean of the College of Human Sciences.  As part of her role, Prof Callow is an Independent member (University) of the Betsi Cadwladr University Health Board.

Professor Callow is a British Psychology Society Chartered Psychologist and active and contributing member to the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance. The Institute produced approximately 50% of the School’s 2014 REF submission, and attracted over £2million in grant capture, including excellent research links with elite establishments (England Cricket Board, UKSport, British Gymnastics, England Institute for Sport, and Sport Wales).

She has an international reputation for her research related to imagery for sport performance, she also conducts research in the areas of leadership, group dynamics, and resilience. Her research has a translational focus (theory to practice) at an elite and professional level and she has recently secured significant research funding from City Football Services whose portfolio includes Manchester City Football Club.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Modules

  • MSc Supervisory Experience
  • MSc Independent study/dissertations


Research areas:

Cognitive and motivational effects of imagery. Group dynamics, in particular, leadership, collective efficacy and communication. Interventions with rheumatology patients (e.g., Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia)


2017-2020 Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Beattie, S. From the Class Room to Cambodia: Resilience in Adventure Expeditions. KESS maxi PhD £67,270         

2015-2021 Callow, N., & Hardy, J.T. Team effectiveness in academy football players. City Football Services (Manchester) £107,225

Callow, N., Hardy, J.T., & Arthur, C.A. (March, 2012). The effect of transformational supervision on student engagement, retention and success. The Higher Education Academy Doctoral Training Programme £54,516.

2009-2012 Callow, N., Edwards, M., & Rafal, R. Neural networks involved in visual and kinaesthetic movement imagery. Bangor University 125th Anniversary PhD studentship £45,000.

2010-2013 Arthur, C. Callow, N. & Hardy, L. Transformational leadership in a youth expedition context. KESS maxi PhD £55,470.

2010-11 Callow, N., Mawn, L.Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Development and assessment of a transformational leadership inventory in higher education. Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Pedagogic Research and Development Fund. £2,972.

2008-2011 Callow, N., Arthur, C.A., & Hardy, J. Transformational Leadership and student learning experiences. Drapers' Company and Thomas Howell's Education Fund/SSHES £58,000.

2009-2013 Callow, N., & Roberts, R. Coach education and psychological skills. Sports Council for Wales/SSHES £72,700.



June 2019 to Present:

Independent member Betsi Cadwladr University Health Board. Largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales. Budget of £1.3 billion, workforce of approx 16,500. 

External Examining

PhD/MPhil in the UK, Australia and Canada

School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada

University of Malaysia

MSc Exercise and Sport, Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, Birmingham University

Keynote and Invited Addresses

Callow, N., (October, 2012). Imagery and Sport: Research from the repetative. Keynote. Imagery and Creativity Conference, Trinity Laben, London, UK.

Callow, N., (April, 2010). Imagery: Application in sport and health psychology. Keynote. British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology Student Conference, Aberystwyth University, UK

Peer Reviews

Reviewer for a variety of sport and main stream psychology journals


Hobbies and Interests

Mountain Biking, Skiing, and drinking red wine

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