Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Joseph Costello

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5366
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Dr Joseph Costello is a senior lecturer in exercise physiology. He completed his PhD in exercise physiology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. After his PhD Joseph moved to Queensland University of Technology, Australia where he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation for three years. Joseph then undertook further post-doctoral research in the Extreme Environments Laboratory in the University of Portsmouth before being appointed as a lecturer in 2016.

Dr Costello is currently on the editorial board of Experimental Physiology, the commissioning editor for Extreme Physiology & Medicine, and a methodological editor for the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group.

Joseph’s current research interests are directed toward:

i) understanding the physiological effects of various stressors (e.g. exercise, temperature, clothing) on human performance and

ii) establishing evidence-based practice in sport and exercise science  through the publication of high quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit coordinator: Sports and Exercise Physiology (Level 4) & Project (Level 6)
Teaching: Sports and Exercise Physiology (Level 4) and Applied Injury and Rehabilitation (Level 6) & Graduate School

Joseph is also the Chair of the Department of Post and Exercise Science, Scientific and Ethics Review Committee.


Dr Costello’s research interests include exercise physiology, applied human physiology, extreme environmental physiology, occupational physiology, athletic recovery, physical activity interventions, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.


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