Jessie Barr

Jessie Barr


  • Performance Psychologist at the Sport Ireland Institute
  • Degree in Psychology and Sociology University of Limerick.
  • Olympian competed in the London 2012 Games,in the 4x400m relay.
  • European and World University Games finalist in the 400m hurdles
Jessie Barr

Detailed Bio


Jessie Barr is an accredited Sport & Performance Psychologist, Olympian, and media contributor.


Working with Ireland’s leading Olympic athletes at the Sport Ireland Institute she applies both her professional and personal experience to support them in achieving their peak performance.


Jessie was part of the Psychology team for the 2020 Olympic Games.  She was also selected as lead Psychologist for Team Ireland for the European Games in 2019. The Waterford woman is also a sport psychology PhD researcher in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department at the University of Limerick and is an Irish Research Council awardee. Her PhD is examining the stigma around mental health within an elite sport context. In addition, she has a strong interest in the benefits of general exercise for mental health.


She represented Ireland at the 2012 Olympic Games competing in the 4x400m relay and at European and World University Championships in the 400m Hurdles.


Jessie is a regular athletics media contributor and has spoken at numerous events from Wellfest to the International Olympic Committee World Conference.


Bringing lessons learnt from elite sport, she offers insights into practice of sport psychology that can support business and individuals to maximise their potential.




Resilience: Developing mental toughness and the ability to thrive on pressure is critical in sport and business.

Positive Mindset: Compassion and finding positives in challenging times.

Burnout: Maintaining motivation and avoiding exhaustion in the pursuit of excellence.

Mastering the Performance Mindset: Lessons from the best.