Dr. Tadhg MacIntyre

Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD in Psychology (UCD, Ireland) ; Certificate in Professional Ethics and Standards (West Virginia University, USA).

Email address  tadhg.macintyre@ul.ie
Phone number  +353 61 213430
Room number P1044


Lecturer in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Teaching and Research Interests:

Tadhg teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department. He contributes to modules that focus on the areas of performance psychology, exercise and health psychology and motor cognition. His research interests span three distinct domains.

  • Motor Cognition: The domain of study that is concerned with understanding action.
  • Professional Issues in Performance Psychology.
  • Positive Psychology and Lifestyle in Performance Sport.

Personal Profile:

Tadhg Mac Intyre is a Lecturer in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department. Tadhg graduated with a BA in Psychology at University College Dublin and subsequently completed a Masters degree there in 1996. His Ph.D. was supervised by Professor Aidan Moran at University College Dublin and the dissertation investigated motor imagery among experts, applying a motor cognition approach.
Prior to joining the PESS Department at the University of Limerick in 2012, Tadhg had taught on MSc. programmes in Sport Medicine at UCD, on undergraduate programmes in sport science at Dublin City University and in psychology at Oscail, the National Distance Education Centre at DCU. From 2005 to 2012 Tadhg was a Lecturer and Course Director (MSc. Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology) at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Since 1998, he has been an accredited practitioner and consultant in performance psychology.

Professional Memberships

and Noteworthy service

  • British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist)
  • Irish Institute of Sport (Accredited)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Accredited)
  • Irish Institute of Sport Quality Assurance Committee (Since 2007)
  • International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology (Associate Editor)

Selected Publications:

  • Guillot, A., Di Renzo, F., MacIntyre T., Moran, A. & Collet, C. Imagining is not doing but involves specific motor commands: A review of experimental data related to motor inhibition. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, SI: Mental Imagery, 6, 247. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00247
  • MacIntyre, T. (2012). What have the Romans ever done for us? The contribution of sport and exercise psychology to mainstream psychology. The Psychologist, 25 (7), 2-3.
  • Moran, A., Guillot, A., MacIntyre, T. & Guillot, C. (2012). Re-imagining mental magery: Building bridges between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology. British Journal of Psychology, 103, 224-247. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2011.02068.x]


Current Publications Under Review


  • MacIntyre, T., Moran, A., Guillot, A. & Collet, C. An emerging paradigm: A strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.