Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Daniel J Brown

  • Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Room 2.01, Spinnaker Building, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5152
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  • Department: Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the department in January 2017 and am a Lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology. I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Bath and an MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University. Following the completion of my MSc, I worked for the British Paralympic Association at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and as a research assistant on a Loughborough University Sport Development Centre/TASS funded project exploring the experiences of student-athletes. In 2013, I moved to the University of Bath to complete my PhD within the Department for Health. My PhD research focussed on developing an understanding of thriving in humans and the application of this knowledge to sport performers. Within this work I utilised cross-sectional, longitudinal, psychophysiological, and mixed-methods techniques. Through my research, I have achieved the H.T.A Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize and the Lane4 MSc Research Challenge, and I was a finalist for the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the best postgraduate research student.

My current research centres on the psychology of human excellence and well-being. Specifically, my work focuses on understanding and facilitating thriving in humans, athlete transitions and developmental experiences, and the development and assessment of interventions used in sport and performance psychology.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • U20057 Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • U25226 Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • U20065 Psychology of Sport and Exercise (unit coordinator)
  • U20077 Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • U24066 Psychology of Elite Performance
  • U22589 Research Methods 2
  • U20114 Applied Research Methods
  • Undergraduate and Masters level research projects


  • Understanding and facilitating thriving in humans
  • Athlete transitions and developmental experiences
  • Development and assessment of interventions used in sport and performance psychology

Research profile

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