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Dr Richard Steel

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Richard Steel is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

Career overview

Richard completed his first degree in Psychology at the University of Derby, graduating with First Class BSc (Hons) and receiving the BPS undergraduate award for academic excellence. He subsequently obtained an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology with Distinction from Loughborough University, before completing his doctoral research at Loughborough.

Research areas

Richard’s research interests lie in the psychophysiology of health and well-being. His research has investigated motivational and self-regulatory processes that underpin healthy behaviour, our ability to cope with stress, and the associations with biological processes such as immune Dr Steel is also leading a longitudinal programme of research examining the effect that wearable fitness technology has on motivation, self-regulation and physical activity.

Richard teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules including Biological Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology.