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Gavin Breslin

Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Ulster University

Gavin has published extensively both nationally and internationally in the area of mental health and well-being in sport, including two books entitled, Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies (2016, Wiley-Blackwell) and Mental Health Interventions in Sport: Research Theory and Practice (2019, Routledge). Gavin is the lead advisor for research underpinning Sport Northern Ireland’s and the Public Health Agencies ‘Wellbeing in Sport Action Plan 2018-2023 for Northern Ireland

Subjects: Sport Psychology


Gavin has had several leadership positions, and has been a member of numerous committees internal and external to the university. He was former Head of The School of Sport, Learning and Teaching Coordinator for the School of Sport, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology Course Director and has led revalidation and accreditation of programmes internally and with the British Psychological Society.

Along with teaching and research responsibilities he has consulted with national and international athletes and teams in sport psychology, he has advised various sport associations on how to develop actions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their organisations. His most recent international project is funded by UEFA that will look at how developing a dual career can enhance player wellbeing during transition out of football.

He has supervised numerous PhD students to completion and managed post-doctoral students during his time at Ulster. He has also lead the largest physical activity and well-being research intervention for over 7000 children from social disadvantage across Ireland (Sport For Life Programme, 2009-2018). His research on mental health and sport in prisons has been cited in reports by the Ministry of Justice, illustrating the impact that sport has in improving mental health in psychologically challenging environments.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Mental health and wellbeing in sport and business environments

Personal Interests

    Running, playing guitar and family