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Personal profile

I joined Abertay University in August 2017 as Professor of Duty of Care in Sport in the School of Applied Sciences. My academic qualifications include a PhD in sport psychology from the University of Western Australia, a Master’s degree in counselling psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boston College.

Research interests

The central focus of my research is on the well-being and welfare of participants in sport. My research aims to grow trustworthiness in sport, and contribute to more responsible support for the people involved, whether they take part or deliver sport in some way. I have supervised 36 PhD students to completion and has been external examiner for 45 PhD students. My ORCID ID is 0000-0002-3829-293X


I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick, Ireland and was a recipient of an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2017. I have been invited to present my research in 18 countries, including 24 keynote addresses. I was invited to present my research as part of the launch of the UK Academy of Social Sciences publication, Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Sport and Leisure (Sport has a profound impact on society: World-leading research provides hard evidence) and the impact of his research was recognised in the Research Councils UK, Universities UK and British Universities and Colleges Sport publication, Supporting a UK success story: The impact of university research and sport development. I am also an Editorial Board member of several journals, including Sports Medicine.

Knowledge Exchange

I have been involved in knowledge exchange activities with numerous organisations including Nike, Land Rover, Dame Kelly Holms Trust, Gaelic Athletic Association, Women Ahead and EA Sports.


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