Academic Staff

                                        Warhel Asim Mohammed
Warhel Asim Mohammed None
Ass. Prof. Dr.
Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PhD – Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Therapy
    School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
    University of Kent, UK, November 2018

    Master Degree - Physical Education
    College of Physical Education
    Salahaddin University, Erbil, 2009, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

    Bachelor Degree - Physical Education
    College of Physical Education, Salahaddin University
    Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, 2000-2004

  • 1. Warhel Asim Mohammed, Athanasios (Sakis) Pappous, Karthikeyan Muthumayandi & Dinkar Sharma (2018) The effect of mindfulness meditation on therapists’ body-awareness and burnout in different forms of practice, European Journal of Physiotherapy, 20:4, 213-224, DOI: 10.1080/21679169.2018.1452980.

    2. Mohammed WA, Pappous A and Sharma D (2018) Effect of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Increasing Pain Tolerance and Improving the Mental Health of Injured Athletes. Front. Psychol. 9:722. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00722.
    3. Mohammed, Warhel Asim Mohammed (2018) INTEGRATING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION INTO SPORT THERAPY. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent.

    4. Athanasios (Sakis) Pappous, Warhel Asim Mohammed & Dinkar Sharma (2020) Physiotherapists’ experiences with a four-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program, European Journal of Physiotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/21679169.2020.1745272

    5. Pappous, A., Mohammed, W.A. and Sharma, D., 2021. Perceptions of Injured Athletes after Eight Weeks of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. Journal of Psychological Research, 3(2).

    6. Mohammed, A.W. Poomsalood, S and Shroll-Lee, N., 2021. Addressing the Effect of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Approaches in Sport Injury: A Systematic Review. Al-Rafedain Journal for Sports Sciences.No:1277.

    7. Mohammed, W., 2022. A Qualitative Exploration of the Absence of Sport Psychologists in Sport Clubs: The Coaches' Perspective. Humanities Journal of University of Zakho, 10(1), pp.233-240.

    8. Salih, B.A. Yousef, M.H., Mohammed, WA. Developing and Validating Standard Levels of Psychological Barriers in Football Players: Journal of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, 15,No.3, P 160-175.

    9. Yousif, S. O., Mohammed, W. A. and Taher, H. A. (2022) “The Impact of Using the Competitive Learning Team Style with Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Groups on Some Types of Handball Shooting Skill Achievement and the Trend toward It”, Journal of Physical Education, 34(4), pp. 621–633. doi: 10.37359/JOPE.V34(4)2022.1386.

  • My research interests are in psychological exercises and how they can be used in everyday life. Another area of research that interests me is the impact of mental training on attaining greater well-being. In addition, I worked as a mental trainer in a variety of psychological techniques, including Mindfulness, Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. In the United Kingdom, I recently received FA level A coaching football certification. I am particularly interested in conducting research on mindfulness meditation, specifically through the incorporation of meditation practice into sport therapy.

  • • Teaching Sport Psychology and Football from (2019 -2020 ……)
    • Teaching Sport Psychology and Sport Management to Master's Students (2020-2021)
    • Lecturer, College of physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Duhok, Iraq (2018….).
    • PhD student at University of Kent, UK (2014-2018).
    • Assistant Lecture, College of physical Education, University of Duhok, Iraq (2010-2011).
    • Sport manager for the University football team, University of Duhok (2006-2007).
    • Head of Sport Unit, faculty of Engineering, University of Duhok (2004-2009).
    • Member of parapsychology committee, University of Salahadeen, Erbil, Iraq (2003-2004).

  • • I have been conducting research on Physical Education and curriculum in both Kurdistan and Finland with colleagues from Lund University and Tampere University since 2021, and the project is nearly complete.
    • In 2022, I worked with GIZ on a project called "Sport for Development" that focused on psychological well-being and physical activity with refugee children. The project was completed with promising results, and we hope to publish the study soon.
    • Local keynote speeches on How to target your research at high impact journals in sport sciences, College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Duhok 17th May2022
    • Local keynote speeches on Promoting Research Quality and Productivity at University of Duhok, 14th Nov2022.
    • Local keynote speeches on Football and Education, Sport For Development Program, held by GIZ in 3rd Feb 2022 and 29th May 2022.
    • Keynote speeches on How to approach mindfulness meditation to final year undergraduate sport students, Business School, University of Bournemouth, UK, 9th March 2022.
    • Keynote speaker in a Body Building course training that held on 25 July 2021 at Duhok Olympic Federation.
    • The Second International Scientific Conference, that held virtually on 8-9 May 2020. College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Duhok.
    • Participating in a videoconferencing on Mindfulness in Mexico, 8-9, Oct, 2020
    • Warhel, W, A., Pappous, A. and Sharma, D. (2017). The effect of mindfulness meditation in reducing pain and improving the mental health of injured athletes. In: 21st annual congress of the European College of Sport Science. Crossing Borders through Sport Science. Available at:
    • Mohammed, W, A., Pappous, A., Muthumayandi, K. & Sharma, D. (2017). The effect of mindfulness meditation on therapists’ body-awareness, and personal experiences in different forms of practice. In: Mindfulness in Health & Higher Education Conference 16-17th June 2017, in the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
    • Leadership and Diversity in Organisations Interdisciplinary Conference, Keynes College, School of Psychology, University of Kent, UK, 2016
    • Participating in Exploring Embodied Research In Sport and Movement Culture, Christ Church University, Kent, UK, November 2016.
    • Endurance Research Conference, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent, UK, (2015).

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