Jessie Barr, MSc, is currently working at the Sport Ireland Institute as a Performance Psychologist. She predominantly works with athletes in swimming, diving, youth sailing and athletics. She has attended the European Games in Minsk and the European Youth Olympics as the team performance psychologist.
She is also in the final year of her PhD at the University of Limerick researching the stigma towards mental health within Irish sport. She has a special interest in the psychological impact of injury on athletes. She has previously presented a workshop based on a case study of the psychological impact of the timing of injury of Olympic athletes at the IOC World Conference on the Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in 2017.
Aside from academics, Jessie was an elite athlete, competing internationally in the 400m hurdles. She was a European and World University Games finalist and competed on the 4x400m relay team at the Olympic Games in London in 2012, giving her a unique perspective on the psychological challenges facing high performance athletes.