Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology. 

After completing his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick in 2015, Following this, Darren successfully attained his PhD at St. Mary's University, Twickenham in 2021. Following this, Darren successfully secured a fully-funded academic scholarship to pursue his PhD at St. Mary’s. The PhD, conducted in association with Palace for Life Foundation, Official Crystal Palace F.C. Charity, examined life skill development and coach education in a primary school P.E. context.

Although sports psychology is now Darren’s primary area of focus, previous employment has seen him work in areas such as biomechanics and strength and conditioning. Such roles have afforded him the opportunity to work with elite athletes in the NBA, MLB, and Serie A, as well as aspiring professionals in academy football structures.

Find out more about Darren
Areas of expertise
  • Sports Psychology
  • Life Skill Development
  • Physical Education
  • Sports Coaching
  • Qualitative Research Methods
Teaching & research interests
  • Sports Psychology
  • Life Skill Development
  • Youth Sport Participation
  • Physical Education
  • Athlete Well-being
  • Talent Identification Pathways
Accreditations & memberships
  • Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellowship
  • B.Sc. Sport and Exercise Science
  • M.Sc. Applied Sport Psychology
  • PhD in Sports Psychology and Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aid – Youth Lite
  • The Football Association – Primary Teaching Award
  • Football Association of Ireland – Level 1 Football Coaching
  • Football Association of Ireland – Level 2 Football Coaching
Publications & research
  • Nolan, D. (2018). Coach education in a Premier League community programme: Developing life skills with Palace for Life Foundation. In University of Gloucestershire Coaching Conference. Gloucestershire. (Oral Presentation)
  • Nolan, D., Campbell, N., & Brady, A. (2018). Real-world challenges in implementing theoretically-informed and evidence-based sports coaching interventions. In 7th International Society or Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH). London
Expertise in industry
  • Researcher & Primary School P.E. Coach, Palace for Life Foundation, 2016-2019
  • Academy Sports Psychology Consultant, Brentford F.C., 2016
  • Laboratory Technician, Motus Global, 2014
  • Head of Academy Strength & Conditioning, Limerick F.C., 2013-2014
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