Can you please tell us a little about your background in Psychology and the path that led you to working at UCLan?
I have 15 years of experience in the Sport, Exercise and Performance psychology field. I started my academic career in my home country of Brazil where I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I received my PhD in the USA, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Italy, and then landed a job at UCLan.
What was it about UCLan that appealed to you?
UCLan is a big university and I believe there is strength in numbers. Large universities come with resources, a diverse staff and student population, international networks and much more. The location is also great, as Preston is close to Manchester and Liverpool and is only an hour away from the Lake District, and two hours away by train from London.
What is your career highlight to date?
I received the Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association, Division-47 – Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology. While being recognised with an award is always nice, perhaps the most rewarding part is that the manuscript derived from my doctoral dissertation has been well received in the literature and has opened up many research collaborations around the world.
Which area of psychology fascinates you the most and why?
Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, and Neuroscience. I find it fascinating to study human excellence and to explore neural markers of emotional and cognitive states in the brain.
What are your teaching responsibilities?
I teach in a number of different modules but my main contributions are in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Research Methods, and Measurement and Statistics.
What is the best part of being a University lecturer in general?
I love the freedom of being a lecturer. The academic life allows you to get paid to study, teach and research the subject you like. It cannot get much better than that.
What would your advice be for any psychology students starting in September?
Do your homework and be proactive. Make sure you do the assigned reading, prepare for the lectures, and turn-in your assignments on time. Also, be proactive in searching for research opportunities, getting involved in social activities, and making the best of every opportunity available in the University.