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Dr James Matthews

Dr

James Matthews

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
716 3449
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Woodview House Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

James obtained a BA (Hons) psychology degree in 2000 followed by an MA in social and organisational psychology in 2002 from the UCD School of Psychology. After working in the area of oganisational development for four years, he returned to UCD in 2006 to begin doctoral research in the field of sport and exercise psychology under the guidance of Prof Aidan Moran. He received a postgraduate research scholarship for his work from the Irish Research Council (IRC) and completed his PhD in 2009. He joined the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science in 2012 as an Assistant Professor and his teaching focuses on the psychology of sport,exercise and health behaviour. Prior to joining UCD, James held positions as a visiting lecturer in Dublin City University and as a Psychologist in the energy industry designing mental skills training programmes for teams that work in high risk environments. Currently, James is the academic director for the MSc in sport management, a globally ranked postgraduate programme (https://www.ucd.ie/newsandopinion/news/2019/july/25/sportsmanagementmscgloballyrankedamongstbestinclass/ ) . He also holds the position of Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences, and is a current University Fellow for Teaching and Academic Development. He has published research in field of sport and exercise psychology, and health psychology. His current research projects focus on physical activity related behaviour change, mental health promotion in sport, and performance management and leadership in elite sport. James provides psychological support services to the University’s Ad Astra Elite Sport Scholars, and is the current chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, Ireland2 Sep 2019
  • Fellowship in Teaching & Academic Development
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
  • Programme Director Msc Sports Management
    University College Dublin, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, Dublin, Ireland7 Jan 2013

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • External Examiner
    Edinburgh Napier University, School of Applied Science, Edinburgh, UK5 Sep 2016
  • External Examiner
    Dublin City University, School of Health & Human Performance, Ireland9 Sep 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, Ireland11 Jun 2012
  • Visiting Lecturer
    Dublin City University, School of Health & Human Performance, Ireland23 Jan 2012 - 10 Jun 2012

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Psychologist
    ESB International, Ireland15 Aug 2010 - 1 Jun 2012

DEGREES

  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin