Aine MacNamara

Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Aine is research active within the area of sport and exercise science and is a member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance

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Aine joined the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors in January 2010 and is currently the course leader for the Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance. Her research focuses on sport psychology and particularly talent development processes in sport and other performance domains. As an applied sport psychology consultant she has worked with a variety of elite and development level performers across different domains.


2010: PhD, Talent Development, University of Central Lancashire

2006: Dip Psych (Open) – Graduate Basis Recognition, Open University, UK

2003: MSc Performance Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

1999: BA Physical Education, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland


MacNamara, Á., & Collins, D. (in press). Do mental skills make champions? Examining the discriminant function of the psychological characteristics of developing excellence questionnaire. Journal of Sports Sciences.

MacNamara, Á., & Collins, D. (under review). A Biopsychosocial perspective on Talent Development, Hume’s Law and avoiding ‘Obvious’ Answers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

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