About us

Aims and objectives

  • To raise awareness of mental health problems in sport and to promote best practice in addressing these.
  • To promote physical activity and exercise interventions throughout mental health services.

Executive Committee

Consultant sports psychiatrist

Dr Amit D Mistry (@DrAMistryPsych) is a consultant sports psychiatrist and dual trained in general adult and old age psychiatry. He holds a substantive consultant post in eating disorders at Cygnet Health, London and a mental health advisor to Oxford University Sport.

Dr Mistry has visiting clinical lecturer privileges in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) and co-edited his first book in late 2020, entitled Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry with Cambridge University Press. His published research is related to exercise, exercise addiction, eating disorders, athlete mental health and wellbeing within the sport, leisure and fitness industry. Amit has played different rugby codes from county to national representative level.

Dr Caz Nahman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Nottingham who works currently with young people who have an Eating Disorder. She has recently completed additional training in sport psychiatry with the International Society for Sport Psychiatry (ISSP) and is hoping to do some work with younger athletes. Her interests include compulsive overexercise; youth sport; eating disorders in athletes, life-style psychiatry and medical education.

She is a previous executive committee member on the RCPsych Eating disorder Faculty and is now Finance officer/deputy chair of the RCPsych Sport and exercise psychiatry special interest group. She is a co-editor of the RCPsych book New to Eating Disorders – a supervision guide for staff new to the field and a chapter author of one of the chapters in Case Studies in Sport Psychiatry.  

Consultant Psychiatrist MB ChB, MPhil, FRCPsych

Regional Affective Disorders Service in Newcastle

Dr Currie is a full time NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and Lecturer.

He is an active member and fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. His research interests include eating disorders, recovery, social inclusion, mood disorders and movement disorders.

He has published on a range of Sports Psychiatry topics including editing a handbook of Sports Psychiatry for clinicians and overseeing the 2007 UK Sport guidelines on eating disorders.

He is a member of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry (ISSP) and has acted as a consultant to a number of national sports organisations, supporting them in developing policy and practice guidelines and educational material

Consultant Psychiatrist, MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed (IU)

Dr Johnston is currently employed by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Consultant Psychiatrist to the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team.

Dr Johnston chairs the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and is a Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to the award winning State of Mind Sportscharity.

Dr Johnston was employed as World Rugby League’s first Sports Psychiatrist by the Bradford Bulls RLFC over the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons and now works with athletes from diverse fields including Rugby, Football and Ballet. He is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry including the Oxford Handbook of Sports Psychiatry.

He has spoken at a range of Sports Psychiatry events including successive RCPsych International Congresses, The Maudsley’s Game Changing in Mental Health, RFL and Sports Chaplaincy UK conferences.

Consultant Sports Psychiatrist: Perform-r

Tim is a sports psychiatrist working across the spectrum of mental health and performance within both elite sport and dance, certified by the International Society for Sport Psychiatry. Tim is also an approved expert on the Football Medicine and Performance Association (FMPA) register.

Tim is one of a very small number of psychiatrists to have also completed postgraduate training in applied sport and exercise psychology. Tim has supported both individuals and teams in elite football, in the Olympic and Paralympic Systems, elite rugby, cricket, tennis, horse racing and major UK ballet/dance companies. Tim offers support to members of the League Managers Association, as well as athletes in disciplinary, sports and civil law proceedings. 

Tim is a specialist member of Sport Resolutions' National Anti-Doping Panel. He was formerly a registered UKAD psychiatrist accredited to undertake therapeutic use exemption assessments.

Part-time, Tim is also clinical director at Togetherall, an anonymous online mental health service that offers a service to all UK Sport coaches and athletes.

Tim was a founding executive member of the College's Sport and exercise psychiatry special interest group (SEPSIG).

After 15 years combining his rugby training and medical/psychiatric training, Phil became a consultant psychiatrist and promptly retired from premiership rugby! During his early career in forensic psychiatry (Broadmoor High Secure and Huntercombe Low Secure) he missed sport but stayed connected by the number of players and athletes consulting him in his private practice.

Phil went on to develop Cognacity, a private mental wellbeing and performance psychology business, where he is Managing Director and Lead for the Sport Practice. This work involves providing mental health support, treatment and advisory input to a range of sport teams, individual athletes, player associations and governing bodies.

In 2012 Phil led the Cognacity team providing psychiatric and psychological input to the 10,000 plus athletes competing at the London Olympics. He loves sharing his experience by teaching medical students, SEM trainees and SEM consultants on a wide range of sport mental health topics. He often speaks at National and International conferences and he acts as an expert in sport mental health/addiction medicolegal work.

In his downtime, mindful dog walking, watching sport, playing golf and trying to keep up with the next generation of Hopleys all help to keep him balanced.

Dr Thomas McCabe is a higher trainee psychiatrist based in Glasgow. Following graduating from the University of Aberdeen, he initially trained in general practice before choosing psychiatry as a career and was shortlisted for the College's trainee of the year in 2017.

He has published articles in various leading journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine on mental health and sport as well as co-authoring the landmark Case Studies in Sport Psychiatry

Dr McCabe is an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He is a researcher and author with the landmark FIELD study (Football's InfluencE on Lifelong health and Dementia risk) and has published guidance on the future of mental health provision in cricket.

Dr McCabe has presented at national events on the topic and plays a central role in the College's Sport and exercise psychiatry special interest group (SEPSIG) with a particular interest in students and trainee psychiatrists. Away from work, Dr McCabe is a keen park runner and a strong advocate for physical activity as an intervention for prevention of and treatment of mental illness.

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Reading lists

Members of the Sports and Exercise SIG have put together reading lists on important topics:

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