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Dr. Tadhg Mac Intyre


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.

He is the coordinator of the GOGREEN ROUTES H2020 project which focuses on promoting urban health across six European cities (10.48m. euros 2020-2024).

Professional Activities


  • 2012 Professional member, Association of Applied Sport Psychology
  • 2012 Chartered Psychologist and Member of Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • 2012 Registered Member, Psychological Society of Ireland
  • Practitioner Psychologist (Sport & Exercise), Health Care Professionals Council


  • 2012 Association of Applied Sport Psychology, International Relations Committee,
    Applied sport and exercise psychology involves extending theory and research into the field to educate coaches, athletes, parents, exercisers, fitness professionals, and athletic trainers about the psychological aspects of their sport or activity. A primary goal of professionals in applied sport and exercise psychology is to facilitate optimal involvement, performance, and enjoyment in sport and exercise.
    Practice in the field of applied sport and exercise psychology usually involves a combination of individual and group consulting or counseling depending on the style of the professional conducting the intervention and the needs of the client.
    AASP Certified Consultants (CC-AASP) and specially trained licensed psychologists are typically the most competent practitioners working in the field of applied sport and exercise psychology. Although there are many specific concepts within applied sport and exercise psychology (e.g., goal setting, concentration, motivation, relaxation, imagery), the general goal is to teach mental skills necessary to perform consistently in training and competition, increase adherence to exercise programs, and to help individuals realize their potential.
    Currently, AASP is the largest sport and exercise psychology professional association in North America that offers certification to its members.

    The mission of the International Relation Committee is to promote representation of sport psychology outside of the United State. One of the major activities that the IRC conducts is to identify distinguished international scholars who make significant contributions to the scientific body of knowledge and/or practical application in the field of sport psychology. The IRC also hosts a symposium on the regular base with invited international scholars and practitioners who represent different regions of the world. The third activity that IRC focuses on is to establish an exchange relationship with other international sport psychology organizations.

  • 2008 Irish Institute of Sport, Professional Quality Assurance Committee,

    The Institute of Sport has been set-up to create an environment which influences, supports and ensures that talented Irish athletes achieve sustained levels of excellence in high performance sport. The Institute coordinates a network of highly experienced, quality assured service providers to help support this high performance environment ensuring that sports have access to the sports science and medicine sports that they need. The Institute works directly with NGBs in developing sports specific science and medical support networks so that each sport has the support it needs to impact on performance.

    The Institute also works closely with service providers in developing systems, structures and protocols to ensure that athletes and sports receive the best support possible.

    The Institute's Professional Quality Assurance Programme (PQAP) aims to ensure that athletes are supported by service providers of the appropriate quality so that the best practitioners work with the best athletes. Professional Membership of the Institute is awarded to service providers who demonstrate the ability to apply professional knowledge to bring about a significant positive change in elite performance within an ethical framework.

    The Professional Quality Assurance Committee oversees the accreditation process, CPD and re-accreditation process. The committee membership is online at:


Book Chapter


Sport Science: A roadmap to talent identification and development
MacIntyre, T.
Sport Management in the Middle East: A Case Study Analysis


Mental imagery, action observation and skill learning
Moran, A, Campbell, M, Holmes, P. MacIntyre, T.
Skill Acquisition in Sport- Research, Theory and Practice

Other Journal

Peer Reviewed Journal


An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery.
Macintyre TE, Moran AP, Collet C, Guillot A
Frontiers in human neuroscience DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00104


Re-imagining motor imagery: Building bridges between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology
Aidan Moran1,*, Aymeric Guillot2, Tadhg MacIntyre3, Christian Collet2
British Journal Of Psychology DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2011.02068.x


Imagining is not doing but involves specific motor commands: a review of experimental data related to motor inhibition
Aymeric Guillot1,2*, Franck Di Rienzo1, Tadhg MacIntyre3, Aidan Moran4 and Christian Collet1
Frontiers In Human Neuroscience DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00247


What have the Romans ever done for us?
MacIntyre, T


Measuring motor imagery using psychometric, behavioral, and psychophysiological tools
Christian Collet, Aymeric Guillot, Florent Lebon, Tadhg MacIntyre and Aidan Moran
Exercise And Sport Sciences Reviews DOI: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31820ac5e0


Is controllability of imagery related to canoe-slalom performance?
MacIntyre, T; Moran, A; Jennings, DJ
Perceptual And Motor Skills DOI: 10.2466/PMS.94.4.1245-1250


Gender differences in cognition: A minefield of research issues
MacIntyre Tadhg
Irish Journal Of Psychology