John E. Coumbe-Lilley, Ph.D, CMPC, CSCS

John E. Coumbe-Lilley

Clinical Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition


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901 W. Roosevelt Rd., 334 PEB

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By appointment

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Dr. John E. Coumbe-Lilley is a Clinical Professor and the Program Director for the Performance, Exercise, and Sports Psychology master's concentration. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AASP Certified Mental Performance Consultant and an AASP Registered Mentor. He teaches sports medicine and performance psychology courses. John is the Co-Director of the Applied Sports Psychology and Injury Research and Education Lab (ASPIRE) with Dr. Karrie Hamstra-Wright. His research focuses on emotional recovery following severe or catastrophic sports injuries. John is active in his professional communities extending regular opportunities for students to participate.

John's experience includes playing and coaching international rugby league and rugby union. Working on two Olympic Games, Pan American Games, several World Cups, and a World Championship. He has worked in Europe and North America with sports, management, medical, military, human services, and manufacturing organizations.

Service to the Community

John is the departmental contact for performance, exercise, sports psychology, sports coaching, and performance and sports organizations.

Leadership in the Profession

Applied Sports Injury and Research Education Lab, Co-Director

Notable Honors

2021 - Teaching Excellence Award, Association of Applied Sports Psychology

2019 - Silver Circle Teaching Award, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences

2012, 2019 - Educator of the Year, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences

2011, 2013, 2015 - Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence, Dept. of Kinesiology, College of Applied Health Sciences


MA, Couples and Family Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University, 2021
PhD, Education Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
MS, Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
BA Hons, Business, Sport & Recreation Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 1996.