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. In addition, is also the standing PsyPAG representative for the 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 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, notably association football referees.

Accordingly, Dane is an active member of the Football Association Referee Mental Health Group and MIND’s Physical Activity & Mental Health Advisory Group. 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, sport and personality psychology, with a specific focus on: 

  • The effects of Perseverative Cognition (worry & rumination) on health outcomes.
  • The impact of personality characteristics on stress outcomes. 
  • How Perseverative Cognitions are implicated in job strain/burnout at work.
  • 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. Do changes in worry or rumination engender changes in health? A systematic review and meta-analysis. In prep. 

McCarrick, D., Lishman, T., Wolfson, S., & Neave, N. VAR: Football Referee Attitudes toward Video Technology (VAR): effects of perfectionism and illusory superiority. In prep.

McCarrick, D., Wolfson, S., Neave, N., Bilalic, M. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on ‘Home Advantage’ in European football. In prep.

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