Dr Mikel Mellick



Seni​or Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology  ​

CSS Lead on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology / Athlete Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid Instructor​

Mental Health First Aid

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained (ASIST)

Telephone number:  07921 283209

Email address: mcmellick@cardiffmet.ac.uk


Mikel comes from Brisbane, Australia and started in the school in 1997. Since that time he has occupied a variety of fractional posts working primarily on the school's provision of post graduate sport psychology programmes. He was instrumental in the development of these, writing and continuing as a sole deliverer on two core modules.  Mikel specialises in Counselling Psychology & Therapeutic approaches in Sport Psychology Practice and Athlete Mental Wellbeing and Developmental Perspectives.  

Mikel balances his academic commitments while maintaining a private practice as a Registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC) working primarily in Athlete Mental Health & Major Life Event support. He has a background in nursing, behavioural science, counselling psychology and sport psychology. He is a full and founder member of The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (BPS) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychologists' Society. He is also registered supervisor for the BPS Stage 2 Training in Sport Psychology practice.

Mikel leads on Mental Health and Wellbeing for the school and is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills. In 2015 Mikel was awarded with a University Student-Led Teaching Fellowship in recognition of Teaching Excellence.  

Research / Publications

Mikel has particular research and support interests in athlete mental health issues and match official training and development.

  1. Mental Health Issues in Sport
  2. Athlete Critical Life Events  (Injury /Transitions)
  3. Mental Health First Aid in Sport Contexts
  4. Communication Skills Training in Sport
  5. Psychology of Match Officiating
  6. Match Official Development
  7. Qualitative Research for Sport Contexts



Fairs, L, Mascarenhas, D, & Mellick, M. (2013) Officiating style in rugby union: A thematic analysis. BPS Welsh Branch Conference Proceedings: Glyndwr University.

Cunningham, I., Mellick, M., Mascarenhas, D. & Fleming, S. (2012) Decision making and decision communications in elite rugby union referees: An inductive investigation. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review 8 (2): 19-30.

Mellick, M. & Fleming, S. (2010) Personal narrative and the ethics of disclosure: A case study from elite sport. Qualitative Research 10 (3): 299-314.

Mellick, M., Fleming, S. & Davis, G. (2007) An interpretive analysis of interpersonal communication: a case study from elite rugby union match officiating. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, Volume 7, Number 2, May 2007, pp. 92-105(14)

Mellick, M (2005) Elite referee decision communication: developing a model of best practice; University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. School of Sport, P.E. and Recreation. (Doctoral Thesis)

Mellick M.C., Fleming, S., Bull, P., laugharne, E.J. (2005) Identifying best practice for referee decision communication in association and rugby union football. Football Studies. 8(1):42-57.    

    Teaching and Supervision

    PG Module Leader: SSP7034 Counselling approaches and skills for Sport Psychologists, MSc (BPS Sport Psych / Applied Sport Psych)

    PG Module Leader: SSP7041 Developmental Perspectives and Athlete Wellbeing, MSc (BPS Sport Psych)

    PG Module Leader: SSP7065M Research Skills for Management & Leadership, MA (Sport Management & Leadership)

    PG Lecturer: Communication Helping Skills, Professional Development & Practice, MSc (BPS Sport Psych / Applied Sport Psych)

    PHD Completion

    Renton, P (2014). The identification of a referee practice model and a pedagogy for the coaching of Rugby Union referees, Cardiff Metropolitan University (Dr Bill Davies, Prof Scott Fleming, Dr Mikel Mellick)

    Current PHD Supervision

    Lucas, F (Current). An investigation of officiating style in Rugby Union, Glyndwr University (Dr Duncan Mascarenhas, Glyndwr Uni., Dr Mandy Roberts, Glyndwr Uni., Dr Mikel Mellick, Cardiff Met.)

    Qualifications and Awards

      • PhD (Applied Sport/Social Psychology) (University of Wales, UK)
      • PGDipPsych (Counselling Psychology) (Griffith University, Australia)
      • BBehSc (Applied Psychology) (Griffith University, Australia)
      • BNurs (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
      • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, HCPC
      • Chartered Psychologist, BPS
      • Approved Supervisor for Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2), BPS
      • Associate Fellow British Psychological Society (AFBPS)
      • Founder Member, Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology, BPS
      • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
      • University Student-Led Teaching Fellowship in Teaching Excellence (2015)

    External Links

    Practitioner Psychologist Profile / Match Official Development Management & Consultancy

    1. National Match Official Panel Development Manager, England Rugby (RFU) (2012 - 2014)
    2. National Match Official Panel Development Officier, England Rugby (RFU) (2008 - 2012)
    3. England Hockey (Umpires), Umpire Qualities Research (with Rebecca Chidley) (2014)
    4. Commonwealth Youth Games - 7s Rugby Match Official Manager (Isle of Man, 2012)
    5. Welsh Football Trust - Invited Presentation, Communication Skills for Analysts  (2013)
    6. Gloucester Football Association (Referees), invited presentation - Communication Skills and Image Management (2012)
    7. Rugby Canada (Match Officials) - Invited Developer/sport psychologist 2013/2014
    8. RFU National Referee Academy (Manager Chris White) - Consultant Psychologist
    9. International Rugby Board - Training & Education product consultant
    10. Rugby Football Union, Match Officials Consultant Sport Psychologist/ High Performance Coach (2004 – 2008)
    11. Cheltenham Cricket Club, Team Culture Workshop Facilitator
    12. Invited Speaker, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union / HKRFU National Referee Conference (2011 / 2013)
    13. Invited Speaker, Spanish Rugby Football Union National Referee Panel Conference (August 2010)
    14. Gloucester University Match Official Scholarship Academy – Consultant Performance Coach/SportPsychologist (Managed by Chris White, RFU Referee Academy Manager) (2008 to present)
    15. Continuous professional development for referee advisors and referee coaches – Welsh Rugby Union [with S  Fleming & B. Smith] (2010)
    16. Welsh Rugby Union, Elite Referee Academy Consultant Sport/Performance Psychologist (2006 to 2008) [with Scott Fleming]
    17. Welsh Rugby Union, Level IV Elite Coach Development Program, Executive Coach (2007 - 2008)
    18. England and Wales Cricket Board, Elite Umpires - Consultant Performance Psychologist (Micro communication for elite umpires) (2008)
    19. International Rugby Board, Game Analysis Centre, Performance Analyst (2004)
    20. Wales Women's Lacrosse, Team Psychologist (European Champions) (2005-2006)
    21. Project Leader, The FA Premier League Referees/Centre for Performance Analysis, University of Wales Institute Cardiff (2000 - 2006) (Elite Referee performance analysis and referee communication skills training and development).
    22. Research Psychologist in Officiating, Centre for Performance Analysis, University of Wales Institute Cardiff (1998-2000)

    Practitioner Psychologist Referrals (Sport NGBs)

    1. England Rugby (RFU) Professional Referee Unit
    2. Worcester Rugby Football Club
    3. Cardiff Blues Rugby Football Club
    4. Cardiff City Football Club

    Sporting / Coaching profile

    2011 -  Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man, 2011, Rugby 7s Match Officials Manager

    2012 - 2013 England Rugby Football Union, National Match Official Team Development Manager

    2007 - 2012 England Rugby Football Union, National Match Official Panel Development Officer

    1995 - 1997 Australian Rugby Union, Contracted Elite National Representative Squad Referee

    • Part of a team of match officials used for the SANZAR Super 12 Tournament (1996,1997)

    • Part of a team of match officials used for Wales and Canada Tour to Australia (1997)

    • International 7s, International 10s, Provincial A, U21, U19, Schoolboy, National Championships Referee

    • Brisbane Premiership Referee (Sunshine State Airlines Cup Grand Final Referee (1997)