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About Jennifer Cumming

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Jennifer joined the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2002 after completing her PhD at the University of Western Ontario. As a competitive ice skater, she was first exposed to sport psychology training and developed an appreciation for the mental side of her sport. After further studies and gathering more than ten years of professional coaching experience, Jennifer now lectures about the applied aspects of exercise and sport psychology to second year undergraduate students and supervises PhD students. Her research mainly focuses on the effective use of imagery by athletes, exercisers and dancers. She has published this work in several leading journals in the field, has served as a section editor for the European Journal of Sport Sciences and now sits on the editorial board of The Sport Psychologist and the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity. Jennifer also works as a mental skills consultant by advising sport scholars and TASS athletes at the University of Birmingham, and offers workshops and consultations to local sport clubs.


Present Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Birmingham

Research Interests

Sport, Exercise and Dance Psychology

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Exercise Imagery (5)

Dance Imagery (2)

Sport Imagery (12)

Mental Skills Training (5)

Neuroscience Research (1)