About us

 

Chris Hartley AFHEA, MSc, BSc, MBPsS

Having worked with a variety of individuals, teams, and organisations from recreational to elite standard - Chris has been doing applied consultancy for over 3 years, and has conducted sport psychology research for over 5 years. Driven by a core philosophy of 'better people make better performers', and having a detailed understanding of how the wider environment influences long term development, Chris specialises in optimally supporting individuals and teams to initiate wider changes towards holistic development in an effort to facilitate growth and wellbeing.

 

Chris currently works as a Lecturer at the University of Stirling, where he teaches sport psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is currently the Chair for the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) Scotland Network. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (with distinction) in General and Sport Psychology from the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, respectively, and is also working towards fully chartered status with the British Psychological Society as a trainee sport and exercise psychologist (found out more here). Whilst his research background includes projects investigating event-related brain potentials, athletic pain tolerance, social support and burnout - Chris is also currently completing his PhD at the University of Stirling, researching ways of optimising athletic support provided throughout organisations as individuals develop and progress through various performance-pathway tiers. Chris also holds the following additional certifications: UK Sport (Working with Young People in Sport); Scottish Mental Health First Aid training; Advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; and holds membership with the PVG-scheme.

Still a competitive rower, Chris has an extensive background as a cyclist, having competed both nationally as a Downhill Mountain Biker and performance-supported sprint track cyclist. Accordingly, Chris’ applied, educational, research, and athletic experiences means he has a rich array of skills and knowledge when it comes to understanding the human factor behind performance.

 

Alban Dickson MSc, BSc, MBPsS

Alban Dickson graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc Psychology (Hons) in 2009 before working in the charity sector for a number of years. Primarily gaining experience working in mental health, he was attracted to projects which use sport to create social change, serving as a trustee and committee member for several charities operating in Scotland and Zambia. He since returned to the University in the capacity of Sport Development Coordinator, working with over fifty Sports Union clubs.

He completed his MSc Psychology of Sport (Distinction) in 2018. His research interests have focused on perfectionism, especially in a team setting, which led him to working with national squads through to professional football clubs. He holds a Scottish Qualifications Authority diploma in Training & Development, is a providing trainer of the NHS Scottish Mental Health First Aid course and has over ten years' experience of coaching specifically in disability sport.

Before discovering a connection with Sport Psychology, he built a portfolio of delivering songwriting workshops for diverse audiences, performing in live music venues throughout the United Kingdom and even learning Swedish! Today, he's reined in his interests but still enjoys playing sport, visits to the gym and the latest Nordic crime drama.