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).
My predominant research interest applies the strength-based approach to investigating key questions in cognitive psychology and performance psychology. This research interest is aligned to the Sport and Human Performance theme at PESS and allied to the PEPAYS Talent Development strand. Professional issues in the practice of sport psychology are another domain of enquiry that I have pursued. This has led to development of CPD workshops at PESS (e.g., BASES 2013), and seed funding applications both externally (AASP & BASES) and internally (PEPAYS & PESS Scholarships). My third area of interest is within the realm of exercise psychology and positive psychology, and is concerned with the interplay between physical activity and positive emotions. This is linked to the agenda of the Research Cluster on Emotions in Society, an interdisciplinary research group and the C-PAHR at UL.
- 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'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:
Sport Science: A roadmap to talent identification and development
(2013) Sport Science: A roadmap to talent identification and development
In Sport Management in the Middle East: A Case Study Analysis; London : Routledge
Mental imagery, action observation and skill learning
Moran, A, Campbell, M, Holmes, P. MacIntyre, T.
(2012) Mental imagery, action observation and skill learning
In Skill Acquisition in Sport- Research, Theory and Practice; London : Routledge
Peer Reviewed Journals
An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery.
Macintyre TE, Moran AP, Collet C, Guillot A
(2013) An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery.
In Frontiers in human neuroscience;
Re-imagining motor imagery: Building bridges between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology
Aidan Moran1,*, Aymeric Guillot2, Tadhg MacIntyre3, Christian Collet2
(2012) Re-imagining motor imagery: Building bridges between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology
In British Journal Of Psychology;
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
(2012) Imagining is not doing but involves specific motor commands: a review of experimental data related to motor inhibition
In Frontiers In Human Neuroscience;
What have the Romans ever done for us?
(2012) What have the Romans ever done for us?
Measuring motor imagery using psychometric, behavioral, and psychophysiological tools
Christian Collet, Aymeric Guillot, Florent Lebon, Tadhg MacIntyre and Aidan Moran
(2011) Measuring motor imagery using psychometric, behavioral, and psychophysiological tools
In Exercise And Sport Sciences Reviews;
Is controllability of imagery related to canoe-slalom performance?
MacIntyre, T; Moran, A; Jennings, DJ
(2002) Is controllability of imagery related to canoe-slalom performance?
In Perceptual And Motor Skills;
Gender differences in cognition: A minefield of research issues
(1997) Gender differences in cognition: A minefield of research issues
In Irish Journal Of Psychology;
Sport psychology illuminated by the Olympic flame: The role of sport psychology practitioners working at the Games.
(2012) Sport psychology illuminated by the Olympic flame: The role of sport psychology practitioners working at the Games.
In The Sport and Exercise Scientist;