Faye Didymus

Dr Faye Didymus is an accredited sport and exercise scientist and Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.


2012 Ph.D. Exploring the organisational stress process in sport performers: From theory to practice. School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

2008 BSc. (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Sport and Exercise, University of Gloucestershire, UK. Faye graduated with first class honours in Sport and Exercise Sciences (University of Gloucestershire) before spending a year in research at Brunel University, West London. Faye then moved to Loughborough University to read for a PhD in Sport Psychology. After receiving her doctorate Faye was appointed as Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. In this role Faye teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students and is an active researcher within the Carnegie Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure. Faye has received various awards during her career, including the ICSEMIS Young Investigator Award (2012). She is a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology Support, Research, and Pedagogy), a Science Council Chartered Scientist (CSci), and holds a primary certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training. Since arriving at Leeds Metropolitan University, Faye has secured various research funding (e.g., the Early Career Researcher Development Scheme), which will fund a 15 month programme of research, development, and dissemination.

Faye is currently leading a team of researchers who are exploring the psychology of elite sport performance. In addition to conducting this project, Faye is researching the ways in which organisational stress may inhibit or facilitate peak performance in high performance environments (e.g., sport, medicine, law-enforcement, fire-fighting). Faye’s work includes both fundamental and applied research relating to athletes, coaches, support staff, workers, managers, and directors, and clusters around the following themes:

  • Performance psychology (e.g., optimising psychomotor performance in sport, medicine, law enforcement, and fire-fighting)
  • Performance enhancement (e.g., application of psychological principles to facilitate peak sport performance, development and evaluation of stress management interventions)
  • Organisational functioning (e.g., human factors affecting the performance of organisations, psychological care and well-being of organisation employees)