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Lecturer in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Having joined the School in September 2021 while completing his Doctorate in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Sahen became a Lecturer in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology in 2022. Sahen is a applied practitioner (British Psychological Society QSEP route) and has worked in developmental-elite sport focusing on mental health adn performance interventions, resilience, psychotherapy and applied research. He brings this blend of practice and research from professional practice into the educational setting.

In addition to his Education and Research activities, Sahen has great practitioner experience across a range of professional sporting contexts, primarily in elite-international cricket and tennis.

Research interests
Sahen's research primarily focuses on the following major themes:

Resilience for Mental health and high performance
Cultural Sport Psychology
Psychotherapy and mental health in sport
Resilience and transferrability across contexts


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer, University of Portsmouth


  • 2023 
    Glasgow Caledonian University, Doctorate in Psychology (Sport & Exercise)

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society