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

John E. Coumbe-Lilley

Clinical Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Office Phone



901 W. Roosevelt Rd., 334 PEB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. John E. Coumbe-Lilley, is a Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 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.
John has operated at 1 Winter Olympic Games, 1 Pan Am., 3 World Cups and 1 World Championship. His clinical focus is sport, injury and exercise psychology and mental health especially motivational interviewing for health behavior change. He leads a variety of experiential learning programs including study abroad in Europe and Central America and alternative spring break programs.
John has an entrepreneurial focus for his department. As well as teaching business and entrepreneurship he has helped launch five student owned businesses through his Entrepreneurship for Applied Health Professionals course.

Service to the Community

John is the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for UIC, advocating for student-athlete academic and personal/social welfare, assuring academic eligibility, and representing AHS and UIC at events.

Leadership in the Profession

Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Teaching Special Interest Teaching Group, Co-Chair

Notable Honors

2015, 2013, 2011 - Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences

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

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

2006 - Michigan Steps Up Award, Michigan Department of Community Health


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.