Jessie Barr

Speaker, Psychologist, Olympian, RTÉ Athletics Pundit

Performance Psychologist Jessie Barr is a Performance Psychologist at the Sport Ireland Institute working with a number of sports including with the Irish Sailing Association and Swim Ireland.  She has a degree in Psychology and Sociology University of Limerick and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of the West of England in Bristol. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Limerick examining the stigma around mental health within an elite sport context. In addition, she has a strong interest in the benefits of general exercise for mental health.

Olympian Jessie is an Olympian from the London 2012 Games, where she competed in the 4x400m relay. She has also been a European and World University Games finalist in the 400m hurdles, and she holds the Irish U23 record in the event. Unfortunately, numerous injuries stunted her progress in athletics in the years leading up to Rio and she has recently made the decision to hang up her spikes. She has also been involved in some commentary work, most notably as part of the panels for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and the European Athletics Championships.

Speaking Engagements: Jessie has spoken and presented at numerous events and conferences due to her combined athletic and academic backgrounds including;  International Olympic Committee World Conference on the Prevention of Illness and Injury, the Outdoor Revolution Expo and Wellfest, Irish Life Health Festival of Running launch.

Topics: Lessons from elite sport applied to business. Importance of exercise to mental health. Sustaining peak performance levels. Goal setting and performance. Managing the athlete transition.