Ellie-May graduated from Loughborough University in 2020 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She then completed her MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, graduating again from Loughborough in 2021 with a distinction. In April 2022, Ellie-May took on her current role a Research Assistant working within the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC). Ellie-May assists with social media and networking roles within the PHC alongside her research with Dr Jamie Barker.

Ellie-May is a member of the British Psychological Society.

During her time as an undergraduate, Ellie-May investigated Challenge and Threat States in Elite Gymnasts as part of her final year dissertation. Her postgraduate thesis investigated the barriers faced by dual-career para-athletes, following the experiences of para-athletes who pursue both a degree and elite sport. This project sparked Ellie-May’s passion for parasport research, leading her to her current role as a Research Assistant at the University. She is currently assisting research surrounding “Clean Sport in International Para Football”, working with the World Anti-Doping Agency, The International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football, Dr Jamie Barker and Prof Vicky Tolfrey.

Ellie-May is enrolled on the Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP), where she is undergoing supervised training to be an applied Sport Psychologist. She is pursuing her research role alongside her training, currently on placement at Burton Albion Football Club as an assistant Sport Psychologist. Ellie-May also offers private Sport Psychology consulting, all counting towards her QSEP.

Outside of her work life, Ellie-May enjoys a number of sports but is particularly involved in gymnastics and was a member of the University team throughout her four years as a student at Loughborough University.