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Professor Aidan Moran


Aidan Moran

Full Professor Of Cognitive Psychology
School of Psychology
01 716 8189
University College Dublin, School of Psychology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Aidan Moran BA, MA, PhD, FAPS, FPsSI, FBPsS, Reg Psychol., C. Psychol., is Full Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in UCD. He received a BA degree (1st Class Hons, 1st place; 1977) and MA degree (1st Class Hons, 1st place; 1978) in Psychology from UCD and a PhD degree in Psychology from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG, 1984). Between 1978 and 1979, he worked as a Research Psychologist for AnCO/FAS in Dublin. Between 1979 and 1985, he was employed as a lecturer in Psychology in NUIG. In 1985, he joined the Department of Psychology in UCD as a lecturer and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Full Professor in 2006. Prof Moran has served as Head of Department on two occasions (1998-1999; 2001-2002). He has published extensively in high-impact journals in cognitive psychology (e.g., motor imagery, expertise, attention) and sport psychology (mental practice, concentration) and has written/co-authored 20 books (and a number of self-help audiobooks/CDS) in psychology. He has won many research awards (e.g., Fulbright Scholarship, 1994, and Stevens International Research Award, University of Florida, 2000). In 2004, he received the Psychological Society of Ireland's "Special Merit Award" for his research in cognitive and sport psychology. In 2006, he was appointed inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the "International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology" (IRSEP, published by Taylor and Francis, Oxford). Prof Moran was awarded a UCD President's Research Fellowship (2008-2009) to collaborate with researchers in Imperial College, London, and Harvard University. He has delivered keynote addresses at international psychology congresses in the University of Minho (Portugal), Charles University (Czech Republic), the University of Athens (Greece), Loughborough Univ (UK) and in Phoenix (Az, USA). In 2015, he received a Distinguished Contribution Award from the British Psychological Society (Div of Sport and Ex Psychology). In June 2017, he was elected to Fellowship of the Association for Psychological Science (USA). In December 2019, he was elected to Fellowship of the British Psychological Society. A consultant to many of Ireland's leading professional sports performers and teams, Aidan is a former Official Psychologist to the Irish Olympic Squad.


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    NUI Galway IRL
  • AFBPsS
  • AFPsSI