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. Dane's research background encompasses Sport, Personality, and Health Psychology and he is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society within the Division of Health Psychology and Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

Dane has 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 and undertaking work for the UK Government as a Data Analyst. Dane's current research interests are: (i) the ways in which cognitive processes (such as worry and rumination) impact physical and behavioural health outcomes; (ii) how work-related stress influences sleep behaviours, with a specific view on psychological interventions to tackle negative affect, and; (iii) how ‘high-stress’ occupation groups manage and respond to stress. Away from his PhD, Dane also has a keen research interest in sport psychology research; particularly on topics relating to elite performance within association football.

Dane is an active member of the Football Association Referee Mental Health Group; MIND’s Physical Activity & Mental Health Advisory Group; and is also the standing PsyPAG representative for the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DESP) within the British Psychological Society and sits on the DESP committee. At Leeds, Dane works within the Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab) and is a member of the Health and Social Psychology Research Group, while also engaging in teaching on a number of undergraduate modules within the School of Psychology. 

Research interests

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

  • The effects of cognitive processes (Perseverative Cognition) on health outcomes.
  • The impact of personality characteristics on stress outcomes. 
  • How Perseverative Cognition is implicated in stress at work.
  • Psychological support strategies for 'high stress' occupational groups, notably association football referees.
  • The factors underpinning performance excellence in elite association football. 

Ongoing work & publications:

McCarrick, D., Prestwich, A., Prudenzi, A., & O'Connor, D. B. (2021). Health effects of psychological interventions for worry and rumination: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology.

McCarrick, D., Bilalic, M., Neave, N., & Wolfson, S. (2021). Home advantage during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analyses of European football leagues. Psychology of Sport & Exercise56, 102013.

McCarrick, D., Prestwich, A., & O’Connor, DB. (2021). "The role of Perseverative Cognition in the Job Strain-Health Outcome relationship. Under review.

Eschle, TM., McCarrick, D. (2021). Perseverative Cognition and Snack Choice: An Online Pilot Investigation. Behavioural Sciences, 11(3), 33.

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. 

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

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 Research Psychology, MRes
  • Graduate Member Basis BPS, MBPsS
  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy, FHEA