Ms Emma Huntley

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Research Group and Institute

  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group


Emma Huntley is a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology and member of the Sport and Exercise Science team in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity where she also is module leader for Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Science and Applied Sport Psychology, both modules at Level 6. Emma is also in the final stages of a part-time PhD at Liverpool John Moores University.

She joined Edge Hill in 2006 after completing her BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science at the same institution (awarded by Lancaster University in 2005). Since then, she was awarded her PG Cert in HE Teaching in 2010, and is one of 3 departmental staff to hold BASES Accreditation (since 2013) in Sport Science Support (specialising in Psychology).


Emma’s research focuses on reflective practice and sports practitioners, with a particular focus on sport and exercise scientists. Emma is currently in the ‘writing up’ phase of a PhD in reflective practice (RP), examining its efficacy and development over time within sport and exercise science (SES) practitioners engaged in BASES supervised experience (SE). Emma’s research on reflective practice in sport has informed a revised version of the BASES Reflective Practice core workshop (commencing Autumn 2018) which all BASES SE delegates or trainee sport and exercise scientists must complete.

External Engagement

Emma’s external engagement activities include:

  • British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) Professional Member (2011-)
  • BASES accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (2013-)
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) (2013-)
  • BASES supervised experienced reviewer (2016-)
  • BASES professional practicecore workshop presenter (Reflective practice) (2016-)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012-)
  • Sport Science Support & Consultancy: Sport Science Support for Great Britain GoalBall (2009-2011)
  • Sport psychology support to a range of elite and non elite athletes in a variety of sports (including golf, equestrian, athletics, tenpin bowling, triathlot and swimming) (2008-)
  • Sport psychology support at Wigan Athletic Football Academy (2018-)

Selected Publications

  • Huntley, T., Whitehead, A., Cullinane, D., Nixon, S., & Huntley, E. (2017). Investigating relationships between and within entry pathways on a sport related programme and the degree outcome obtained. Cogent Education.
  • Knowles, Z., Cropley, B., Huntley, E. & Miles, A. (2014). Critical Issues for the Development of Reflective Practice in the Sport & Exercise Sciences. The Sport & Exercise Scientist. 42, 24-25.
  • Huntley, E. Cropley, B., Gilbourne, D., Sparkes, A. & Knowles, Z. (2014). Reflecting back and forwards: an evaluation of peer-reviewed reflective practice research in sport. Reflective Practice. pp. 1-14. DOI 10.1080/14623943.2014.969695.
  • Rhodius, A. & Huntley, E. (2014). Facilitating reflective practice in graduate trainees and early career practitioners, In: Reflective Practice in the Sport & Exercise Sciences, Knowles, Z., Gilbourne, D., Cropley, B. & Dugdill, L. (eds.). London, UK: Routledge, pp. 91-100.
  • Huntley, E. & Kentzer, N. (2013). Group-based reflective practice in sport psychology: Experiences of two trainee sport and exercise scientists. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review. 9(2), 57-68.