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Dr James Matthews


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


James obtained a BA (Hons) Psychology Degree in 2000 followed by an MA in Organisational and Social Psychology in 2002 from the UCD School of Psychology. After working in the area of Organisational 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 post-graduate 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 behavior. He also acts as the Academic Director for the MSc in Sports Management. Prior to this, 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 which work in high risk environments. He has published research in the field of Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology and his current research interests focus on the motivational and social cognitive aspects of sport, exercise and health behaviour.


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


  • External Examiner
    Edinburgh Napier University, School of Applied Science, Edinburgh, UK5 Sep 2016


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