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.
Consultant Sports Psychiatrist
Dr Amit D Mistry (@DrAMistryPsych) is a Consultant Sports Psychiatrist, dual trained in General adult and Old age Psychiatry. He is Responsible Clinician (RC) for an independent Tier 4, specialist inpatient Eating Disorder unit in Central London and Consultant Sports Psychiatrist to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Women's team.
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 originally from Nottingham, now based in Oxford working in a community eating disorders team and providing undergraduate teaching to medical students at Oxford University. She is finance officer/deputy chair of the Sport Psychiatry Special Interest group. She has additional training in sport psychiatry with the ISSP (International Society for Sport Psychiatry) and does some private work with athletes in addition to working with numerous junior athletes who have comorbid eating disorders who she sees in her NHS role.
Her interests include compulsive overexercise; youth sport; eating disorders in athletes, autism spectrum disorders in athletes, life-style psychiatry and medical education. In addition, she is keen to improve standards of care for athletes with mental health problems.
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. She has published in the Sport Psychiatry Journal. In future she is hoping to be involved in research looking at exercise interventions for patient with an eating disorder as well as researching eating difficulties in athletes.
In her free time she enjoys walking/running and cycling along the Thames River.
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 Jennifer Keal is a higher trainee specialising in General Adult Psychiatry and is now based in Thames Valley having completed core training in North West London. She has interests in eating disorders, ADHD and autism in adults, and sports psychiatry.
She has published research on the topic of mental health and sports in the journal Sports Psychiatry. She is the SEPSIG Trainee Rep and is keen to promote trainee interest and involvement within the field of sports and exercise psychiatry.
Dr Lekka (MD, MSc, PhD) is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry and Honorary Senior Clinical Teacher in Medical Education. She is involved in patient care, teaching and service development. Her research work has led to many peer-reviewed published papers and conference presentations. She is also a qualified Coach, specialising in work stress and resilience.
Dr Lekka is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) Dance for Health Committee, a member of the IADMS Mental Health Workgroup, and a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. She is also a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) and One Dance UK, supporting the Healthier Dancer Programme.
In her role as Aesthetic Sports / Dance Liaison in SEPSIG's executive committee, Dr Lekka is developing collaborations between health and dance/sports professionals, exchanging knowledge, advocating for mental health and creating resources. She is particularly interested in athletes' and dancers' safeguarding and a positive culture in sport and dance. She is promoting physical activity for mental health and well-being.
Dr David Prossor BMBS (Hons) MMedSc, is a CT3 psychiatry trainee in the North Central London training programme. He studied Medicine at the University of Southampton achieving Honours. He achieved a First in the Masters in Medical Science (MMedSci), with a focus on cancer immunology where he presented the findings at National and International conferences.
Dr Prossor has previously competed in International men's tennis tournaments and is the current Digital, Communications and Social Media Lead for SEPSIG. His key interests within Sports Psychiatry include studying the impact of physical health interventions within mental illness and also at the elite level of sport exploring how to support individual athletes who are actively competing.
- ISSP – The International Society for Sports Psychiatry. Membership is open internationally to psychiatrists and other clinicians interested in the field.
- BASEM – The British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine is the member association for doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in sport and exercise medicine.
- State of Mind Sport– a UK based International charity that promotes positive mental health in sportsmen and women.
Members of the Sports and Exercise SIG have put together reading lists on important topics:
SEPSIG Trainee Poster Prize
In 2022, the RCPsych SEPSIG hosted it's first annual poster prize competition for trainees. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed posters were be presented with prizes at the conference on 14 October.
Posters ranged from original research, case study, education, training, QI, audit, service evaluation or any project that trainees have been involved with.
Details of next year's SEPSIG Trainee Poster Prize will be posted on our webpages.