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Dr Daniel J. Brown is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dan joined the Department of Sport and Exercise Science in January 2017. He completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Bath, an MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University, and received his PhD from the University of Bath. Dan’s doctoral research focussed on developing an understanding of thriving in humans and the application of this knowledge to sport performers. Through his research, Dan has achieved various prizes including the H.T.A Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize (2011); the 2017 British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology PhD Award; the 2018 Association of Applied Sport Psychology Doctoral Dissertation Award; and the 2018 Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, APA Division 47 Dissertation Award.

Creator and presenter of the Participation and Performance Podcast.

Research Interests

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification


Master of Science

BSc (Hons)


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