Dane McCarrick

Dane McCarrick


Dane completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with Sports Science (BSc Hons) at Northumbria University in 2017 and later graduated with a Masters in Research Psychology (MRes) in 2018. Danes research background falls under the framework of personality psychology and is a current Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society within the Division of Health Psychology. His dissertation examined the impact of personality characteristics on officiating excellence in elite, semi-elite and grassroot association football (soccer) referees, while his MRes thesis explored the associations between physical height and behavioural measures of dominance, also in elite football referees. As part of the MRes, Dane undertook a research internship within the Perception, Evolution and Behaviour Lab where he was involved in studies assessing body-size ideals an how these map onto tendencies in human attraction.

Dane also worked at the mental health charity 'MIND' as an 'empowerment worker' in clinical and sub-clinical settings, aiding in the delivery of interventions to improve psychological wellbeing, before commencing his current PhD candidature (funded by the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership) at the University of Leeds. Danes current research explores the ways in which Perseverative Cognition impact upon health outcomes at both the physiological and behavioural level, while also accounting for individual differences expressed through personality traits. Dane currently works within the Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab) and is a member of the Health and Social Psychology Research Group, and also engages in teaching on a number of undergraduate modules within the School of Psychology. 

Research interests

Dane’s research interests span across health and personality psychology, with a specific focus on: 

  • The effects of Perseverative Cognition on health outcomes.
  • The impact of personality characteristics on worry and/or rumination.  
  • How Perseverative Cognitions are implicated in job strain/burnout.
  • Psychological support strategies for 'high stress' occupational groups, notably association football referees.

Ongoing work & publications:

McCarrick, D., Brewer, G., Lyons, M., Neave, N., & Pollet, T.V. (2020) Referee height influences decision making in British football leagues. BMC Psychology 8, 4. doi:10.1186/s40359-020-0370-4 

McCarrick, D., Wolfson, S., & Neave, N. (2019). Personality characteristics of soccer referees. Journal of Sport Behavior, 42: 493-508.

McCarrick, D., Prestwich, A., Prudenzi, A., & O’Connor, DB. Can Perseverative Cognition be changed and, if so, what are the impacts on health outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. In preparation. 

McCarrick, D., Lishman, T., Wolfson, S., & Neave, N. VAR: Perfectionistic traits underpinning referees views on match-day outcomes. In preparation. 

Saxton, T.K., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., & Pollet, T. (2019). Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects: The importance of testing boundary effects. British Journal of Psychology.

ORCID iD0000-0003-4885-6943


  • Psychology with Sports Science, BSc (Hons)
  • Masters in Resarch Psychology, MRes
  • Graduate Member Basis BPS, MBPsS