What does our Sports Psychiatrist do?
As a medical consultant in sports psychiatry, Dr Johnston provides assessments and treatments for a range of mental health problems in athletes. Following the biopsychosocial model, Dr Johnston treats a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders and ADHD.
Dr Allan Johnston is a world leading Sports Psychiatrist based in the UK & Consultant Psychiatrist for the NHS.
Working with athletes across a range of sports, dance & performance disciplines, his extensive career as an early adopter of Sports Psychiatry has led him to become one of the most trusted & sought-after professionals in his field.
As Sports Psychiatrist for The English Institute of Sport (EIS) Mental Health Expert Panel, he supports the mental health & wellbeing of athletes in the TeamGB Olympic & Paralympic teams.
Dr Allan is Consultant Performance Psychiatrist for the League Managers Association (LMA) in a role to guide & shape English football’s Mental Health & Wellbeing programme, providing mental healthcare for managers across the Premier League, EFL divisions, the WSL & FA Women’s Championship.
Recognised by the UK Anti-Doping authority (UKAD) as having specialist expertise in the assessment and management of ADHD, he sits on the UKAD specialist register for ADHD Therapeutic Use Exemption assessments.
In his NHS role, Dr Allan chaired the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group 2013-2018. From 2015, over 3 successive years, suicide rates in Derbyshire almost halved. In 2018 the Group’s work with Public Health on training General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention strategies was nominated for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award.
In 2016, he co-founded the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports & Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) to deliver education and governance for UK Sports Psychiatrists. After serving a 4 year term on the first executive as Deputy Chair, he remains an active member of the Group.
He was awarded the Everything in Sport 2019 national award for supporting the mental health of female athletes and was made Yorkshire’s Doctor of the Year 2019 at the YEP healthcare awards – the first occasion that this award has been presented to a Psychiatrist. In 2020 Dr Allan was part of a team which won the EIS collaboration and team-working PLx award for work supporting the mental health of athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 he was awarded the ISSP Certificate as an experienced practitioner in Sports Psychiatry.
Dr Allan works on a voluntary basis as an Ambassador for Sports Chaplaincy UK, and as Sports Psychiatrist & Trustee to State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health & wellbeing of athletes & their communities.
He has published a number of peer reviewed research papers & written chapters for educational textbooks.
Dr Allan Johnston