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

John E. Coumbe-Lilley

Clinical Associate 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 Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. John teaches courses in sport medicine and performance psychology, athlete mental health and professional development. His research is focused on emotional recovery following severe or catastrophic sport injury. John is active in his professional communities and hosted conferences for sport psychology and strength and conditioning learners.

John played and coached international rugby league and rugby union and has coached and consulted at the community, state, national and Olympic levels in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and the United States in a range of sport settings and organizations in different industries including medical, military and manufacturing. He worked at an Winter Olympic Games, a Pan American Games., several World Cups and one World Championship. He has lead five extended stay study abroad programs to Ireland, Spain and Costa Rica

Service to the Community

John is the Director of the Foundations of College Teaching Certificate. This is 9-credit hour course series offered through the UIC Graduate College for all graduate students seeking professional development to improve their teaching at UIC and beyond.

Notable Honors

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

2013 - Teaching Recognition Award, UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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

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


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.