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Dr Luke Norris is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Coaching, with key research interests in social support and sport coaches psychological well-being.


Luke completed his PhD in Sport Psychology at Leeds Beckett University in 2018, entitled: 'A Qualitative Investigation of Social Support among Sports Coaches' and worked as a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett for a year. Luke then moved to University as Exeter as an Associate Lecturer before being appointed as a Lecturer at Harpury University in 2021.


Luke is also a UEFA B qualified coach with over 13 years experience, plying his trade in women's football.

Current teaching

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (Module Leader; Level 4)

The Sport and Exercise Professional (Level 4)

The Sport and Exercise Scientist (Module Leader; Level 5)

Sport Psychology (Level 5)

Sport Psychology in Action (Level 6)


UG Academic Personal Tutor - Sport and Exercise Science (Level 4)


UG and PG RKE Project Supervisor 


Programme Manager for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Research interests

His main focus of research is social support among sports coaches and how this influences coach performance and well-being. He also has interests in stress and well-being among sports coaches, as well as women coaches experiences. This has included projects with the FA.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Norris, L. A., Didymus, F. F., & Kaiseler, M. (2024). Perceived and received social support functions among UEFA B licensed women football coaches. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

  • Norris, L. A., Didymus, F. F., & Kaiseler, M. (2022). How can social support make coaching less stressful? A longitudinal inquiry with sports coaches. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.
  • Norris, L. A., Didymus, F. F., & Kaiseler, M. (2020). Understanding Social Networks and Social Support Resources with Sports Coaches. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 48.
  • Norris, L. A., Didymus, F., & Kaiseler, M. (2017). Stressors, Coping, and Well-Being among Sports Coaches: A Systematic Review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 33, 93-112.

Book Chapters

  • Norris, L. A., McGoldrick, M., Norman, L. J., & Clarke, N. (2021). An evaluation of a mentoring programme to support high performance women coaches. Routledge.
  • Didymus, F. F., Norris, L.A., Potts, A., & Staff, H. (2021). Psychological stress and performance. Open Access Textbook.

Newsletter Articles

  • Norris, L. A., Potts, A., & Didymus, F., F. (2017). Stressors and Coping among Sports Coaches: A behind the Scenes Insight. Published in American Association of Sport Psychology (AASP) Newsletter November Issue.
  • Potts, A. J., Heaviside, H. J., & Norris, L. A. (2017). Tapas, Sangria, and Sport Psychology: Doctoral Students’ Reflections on the International Society of Sport Psychology 14th World Congress. Published in Applied Sport Psychology Special Interest Group (ASP-SIG) Volume One December 2017.

Education/Academic qualification

Sport and Exercise Psychology, Doctorate (PhD), A Qualitative Investigation of Social Support among Sports Coaches, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 10 Dec 2018

Sport and Exercise Psychology, MSc, Loughborough University

Award Date: 4 Sept 2015

Applied Sports, Health, and Exercise, BSc (Hons), University of East Anglia

Award Date: 2 Jun 2014

External positions

Editor, UK Coaching

Apr 2021 → …


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