Founded in 2014, the Sports Neuropsychology Clinic was created to support sporting professionals and their teams to more efficiently and effectively access expert Neuropsychological care...
The Sports Neuropsychology Clinic was founded in 2014 and provides bespoke tailored services to athletes who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, changes in their brain. All of our clients are assessed and monitored by our Founder and Clinical Director who is a Consultant Sports Neuropsychologist and who works closely with a wider hand-selected multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation therapy professionals, where necessary.
Athletes, particularly those competing in contact sports, are high risk for changes in their brains as a result of head trauma, concussion and multiple concussive or sub-concussive blows. This can lead to significant difficulty in terms of emotion regulation, behaviour, personality and changes in cognition ("thinking skills"), with long-term risks including neuropsychiatric conditions e.g. depression and neurodegenerative disease e.g. dementia.
Clinical Neuropsychologists are trained in understanding the link between the brain and behaviour. They are expertly placed to work with clients with such difficulties in the general population, yet in British sport, they are rarely utilised. The research evidence overwhelmingly suggests that Neuropsychology involvement is a vital aspect of care for athletes in contact sport in terms of understanding the neuropsychological effects of head injury and concussion, and in providing ongoing monitoring, assessment and intervention. Compare the UK to the United States. where every National Football League team has access to expert Sports Neuropsychology and one will notice that in the UK we are far behind in our service provision, leaving our athletes without this input.
On this basis, our Consultant Sports Neuropsychologist began working primarily with British boxers, and then athletes from other professions including rugby, MMA and motorsports, in order to provide neuropsychological care. With a passion and love of sport, this work was underpinned by values including working with athletes, for athletes - and the Sports Neurpsychology Clinic was born.
Meet The Team
Consultant Sports Neuropsychologist
Founder and Clinical Director
Dr Mawbey is a leading Consultant Sports Neuropsychologist and the Founder and Clinical Director of the Sports Neuropsychology Clinic. She is the only Sports Neuropsychologist in the United Kingdom recognised and registered with the International Sports Neuropsychology Society and is unique in having set up, to the best of our knowledge, the only Sports Neuropsychology company in the UK.
Dr Charlotte Mawbey is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and HCPC Practitioner Psychologist who has trained and worked both privately and in the NHS in a range of centres for clinical excellence, including the National Hospital For Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. Dr Mawbey has enjoyed garnering a wealth of experience working with a broad array of clients with mental health difficulties, neurological and neurodegenerative and health conditions, developing clinical expertise in these areas.
Dr Mawbey's career has been directed by a commitment to the field of Clinical Neuropsychology and she is a Full Member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology. Her expertise then, is in working with clients with neurological conditions, providing both psychological and emotional support as well as cognitive assessment and rehabilitation following alterations in the brain.
Having acquired a growing caseload of athletes, Dr Mawbey's attention turned toward this unique client group, who have significant needs in terms of the psychological and critically overlooked, neuropsychological factors.
Dr Mawbey is driven by a passion to provide accessible, impartial, non-judgemental specialist psychoeducation, consultation and information and assessment, neurorehabilitation and psychological intervention to athletes, particularly those who are at risk of head injury and changes in the brain.
Assistant Clinical Psychologist
Jitka is an experienced Rehabilitation Assistant, having worked extensively with clients with neurological conditions at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery for several years. She is currently nearing completion of a Masters degree training to receive a full qualification as an Occupational Therapist. Jitka provides Assistant Psychology support to the Sports Neuropsychology Clinic, where needed.