Dr Chris Hartley CPsychol, BSc (Hons.), MSc, PhD, AfHEA
Chris has provided sport and performance psychology services to individuals, teams, and organisations ranging from recreational to elite professional level for several years. Driven by a core philosophy of 'better people make better performers', Chris has an intimate understanding of how our environments contribute to development and performance, and how individuals can learn to adapt their behaviours to make the most of their personal circumstances. As such, Chris is primarily concerned with the art of optimally supporting others in order to initiate broad and impactful change that facilitates performance, psychological wellbeing, and growth.
Chris is a practitioner sport and exercise psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He holds a Bachelors degree in General Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sport Psychology from the University of Stirling (where he currently works as a Lecturer). Chris' research and publication record is primarily focused on ways of optimising the support that is provided to individuals as they develop and progress through various tiers of their performance-pathways. Chris also holds the following additional certifications: Working with Young People in Sport (UK 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 and volunteer strength and conditioning coach, Chris has an extensive background as a competitive cyclist, having competed both nationally as a Downhill Mountain Biker and 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.