ASPP Advisory Board
Dr MacIntyre is an environmental psychologist investigating fundamental theoretical questions about motor cognition, well-being, and human-nature interactions. Since, 1993, he has been conducting research on mental imagery, embodied cognition, and action-related processes, in the field of motor cognition. He studied psychology at University College Dublin where he graduated with a BA, a first-class honors research Masters (1996), and subsequently a PhD in 2007. His research was supervised by the late Professor of Cognitive Psychology at UCD, Aidan Moran. He has published widely on topics including mental imagery and embodied cognition in sport, mental health, resilience, and well-being in elite sport, and most recently on COVID19 related challenges among stakeholders in sport. He has been a consultant sport psychology practitioner for over 20 years and currently chairs the Sport Ireland Institute Practitioner Accreditation Panel and also the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. He has supervised almost a dozen doctoral students to completion to date. In 2021 he will be a keynote speaker at the NATA annual convention and in 2022 he is an invited keynote at the European Congress of Sport Psychology. In 2019, he co-edited Physical Activity in Natural Settings (Routledge) with Aoife Donnelly. He is an Associate Editor of the leading journal in sport psychology, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has recently edited a special issue of Frontiers in Psychology on methodological challenges in assessing human-nature interactions, and two special issues relating to CV19 and sport. He is also co-editor of a special issue in IJERPH on the topic of advances in green exercise and health promotion.
In recent years, his research activity has focused on nature-based solutions for urban health and sustainability. He is a member of the advisory board of H2020 NBS project RE-Nature, the INTERREG Project CCAT on coastal citizenship, and is a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich and a member of the advisory board. He is the coordinator of GOGREEN ROUTES a 10.5 m. euro four-year project on urban health which targets six European cities and has