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 examining the make-up of human attraction and how these map onto body-size ideals and perceptions of beauty.

Dane also worked at the mental health charity 'MIND' as an 'empowerment worker' which served as a springboard for his current PhD candidature (funded by the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership). Resultantly, Danes current research explores the ways in which stress behaviours impact upon our physical wellbeing and behavioural health outcomes, while also accounting for individual differences, expressed through personality. Though, principally, the PhD aims to develop an intervention to reduce the well-established consequences of persistent overthinking and chronic worry, also known as perseverative cognition. Dane currently 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

Danes research interests span across health, evolutionary and personality psychology with a specific focus on: 

  • Health behaviours underpinning Perseverative Cognition.
  • The impact of personality characteristics on worry and/or rumination.  
  • Psychological support strategies for 'high stress' occupational groups, notably association football referees.


McCarrick, D., Wolfson, S., & Neave, N. (in press). Personality characteristics of UK Association Football referees. Journal of Sport Behaviour. 

McCarrick, D., Brewer, G., Lyons, M., Pollet, TV., & Neave, N. Referee height influences decision making in British football leagues. Submitted to Nature Human Behavior.

Saxton, T.K., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., & Pollet, T.V. Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects: The importance of testing boundary effects. Submitted to Evolution and Human Behaviour.


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