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Dr Daniel Bishop
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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I am a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology here at Brunel, a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist registered to practise with the HCPC, an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the HEA). I am also the Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.

I have worked in both public and private sectors, including local authorities, the NHS, investment banks, the health & fitness industry and Further Education. These experiences have given me a sophisticated understanding of the challenges faced in this diverse range of industries, which is why I continue to add value to the performance of various individuals and organisations - using established psychological principles to do so.

In my role as Departmental Lead for Staff Experience & Wellbeing, my vision is for Brunel to deservedly attain national recognition (e.g., the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards) for its long-term prioritisation of staff wellbeing and health.

When I’m not working, I love to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends; and I am writing a book in the little I have left each week! I have also spent the past few years rebuilding my left knee from the inside out, with a careful self-determined rehabilitation programme. For those who are interested: at the time of typing, I can now tolerate regular running at a pretty good pace. I have realised that tight quadriceps and patellar tendons were compounding my cartilage problems, so have taken to regular self-massage using commercially available percussive and vibrating massagers - a game-changer. Static and eccentric patellar tendon loading has also helped, as has reverse cross-trainer exercise for as little as 12 mins, alternating 1 min reverse and 1 min forward. I have also found that running in crocs (with heel straps!) instead of (over-engineered) running shoes increases my knee stability.


  • PhD, Manipulating Emotions for Performance
  • MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology


I fulfil various roles:

  • Director of Postgraduate Studies, Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Programme Lead, Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc
  • Staff Experience & Wellbeing Lead, Department of Life Sciences
  • Recognised Programme Developer, including spearheading of 2019 SHES programmes revamp
  • University Misconduct and Professional Suitability Chair and Panel Member
  • Athena SWAN Self-assessment Team Member (Bronze Award) College of Health and Life Sciences (CHMLS)
  • PhD and MPhil Examiner
  • Postgraduate Research Supervisor (see Teaching/Supervision)
  • Postgraduate and Undergraduate Module Leader (see Teaching/Supervision)
  • CHMLS Research Ethics Committee Member
  • Peer Reviewer for (inter alia) Behavioral Research Methods, Brain and Cognition, European Journal of Sport Science, Experimental Brain Research, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Human Movement Science, International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, Music Performance Research, Neuroimage, Neuropsychologia, Physiology & Behaviour, Psychology of Music, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Scientific Reports, The Sport Psychologist.

Newest selected publications

McLoughlin, EJ., Broadbent, DP., Kinrade, NP., Coughlan, E. and Bishop, D. (2023) 'Factors Affecting Decision-making in Gaelic Football: A Focus Group Approach'. Frontiers in Psychology, 0 (accepted, in press).Open Access Link

Journal article

Bishop, DT., Broadbent, DP., Graham, A. and Natesan Batley, P. (2023) 'Psychological and experiential contributors to experienced cyclists’ on-road cycling behaviour: A path analysis study'. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 93. pp. 55 - 67. ISSN: 1369-8478 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bishop, D., Natesan Batley, P., Graham, A. and Broadbent, D. (2022) 'An Item-level Evaluation of the Attentional Style Questionnaire Using a Sample of Experienced Cyclists'. Psychological Test Adaptation and Development, 3 (1). pp. 134 - 142. ISSN: 2698-1866 Open Access Link

Journal article

Broadbent, D., D'Innocenzo, G., Ellmers, T., Parsler, J., Szameitat, A. and Bishop, D. (2022) 'Cognitive load, working memory capacity and driving performance: A preliminary fNIRS and eye tracking study'. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 92. pp. 121 - 132. ISSN: 1369-8478 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bishop, DT., Dkaidek, TS., Atanasova, G. and Broadbent, DP. (2022) 'Improving children’s on-road cycling with immersive video-based training: A pilot study'. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 16 (December 2022). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 2590-1982 Open Access Link

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