Dr Evelyn Carnegie

Head of Department of Sport and Physical Activity

Research Group and Institute

  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group


Evelyn Carnegie is Head of Department of Sport and Physical Activity where she leads the Department’s senior management team and is also Programme Leader for its undergraduate sports therapy programme.

She joined Edge Hill in 1997 as a lecturer in Sports Psychology and was promoted to the role of Head of Department in 2001.  Since her appointment as Head of Department she has overseen the development and introduction of the current portfolio of programmes which led to a major expansion of the department.  She was awarded her PhD from the University of Ulster Jordanstown in 1997 following the completion of her BA (Hons) Sports Studies (1992) from the same institution.  Her teaching experience at Ulster included delivery of sports psychology modules at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.


Evelyn’s research focuses on visual perception and action in sport and skill acquisition with a particular emphasis on understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ocular motor control and its impact performance across a range of settings including sports performance and clinical education.

External Engagement

Evelyn’s external engagement activities include:

  • Working as a Sports Psychology consultant across a range of sports such as football, swimming, netball, golf, gaelic football, rugby and hockey.
  • Represent the Department at BASES Heads of Department Forum and The Society of Sports Therapists University Forum

Selected Publications

  • Marchant, D.C., Carnegie, E., Wood, G. and Ellison, P. H. (2017) Influence of visual illusion and attentional focusing instruction in novice motor performance. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1441165
  • Ellison, P.H., Sparks, S.A., Carnegie, E., Murphy, P., and Marchant, D (2014) Determining eye-hand co-ordination using the sport vision trainer (SVT™): an evaluation of test-retest reliability. Research in Sports Medicine, 22(1):36-48 doi: 10.1080/15438627.2013.852090
  • Scully, D. & Carnegie, E. (1999) Modeling processes in motor skill acquisition. Irish Journal of Psychology: Special Issue (Sport Psychology) https://doi.org/10.1080/03033910.1998.10558208
  • Fulton, L., O’Donoghue, P., Carnegie, E. & Scully, D. (1996) A human movement animation system. 14th IASTED International Conference of Applied Informatics
  • Carnegie, E. & Scully, D. (1995) The effectiveness of demonstration viewing conditions in conveying kinematic information for skill acquisition. Journal of Sport Sciences
  • Scully, D. & Carnegie, E. (1995) Psychological preparation for women’s Commonwealth artistic gymnastics. Proceedings of British Psychological Society 3 (2), p.150