Dr Daniel Powell

Dr Daniel Powell
Dr Daniel Powell
Dr Daniel Powell

PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 438101
Office Address

1st Floor, Health Sciences Building

Foresterhill Campus

Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


I am a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology and the Programme Director for the MSc Health Psychology.

I joined the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group in 2014, having completed my PhD at the University of Southampton, and have been here ever since. I teach across a range of postgraduate courses, and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. 

My research typically uses intensive longitudinal methods (ecological momentary assessment) to investigate contextual and temporal influences on stress and fatigue, clinical symptoms, and self-regulation. I lead our Stress and Health Research Theme and organise and chair our monthly Health Psychology workshops, which are to support all researchers, practitioners, and students with an interest in health psychology and behaviour change.

I currently supervise five PhD students: Mona Maier, Marina Maciver, Dr Leia Kane, Frank You, and Heidi Kane.

I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and full member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology (DHP), European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM).


  • PhD Psychology 
    2014 - University of Southampton 

    Fatigue and salivary cortisol in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: investigation in everyday life

  • MSc Health Psychology 
    2009 - University of Southampton 
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 
    2007 - University of the West of England 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Programme Lead MSc Health Psychology
  • Chair of the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group Research & Practice Workshop
  • Member of the IAHS Staff Development Group
  • Member of the IAHS Postgraduate Teaching Committee
  • Member of the School Ethics Review Board PGT Research Committee
External Memberships
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Full Member of the Division of Health Psychology, BPS
  • Member of the European Health Psychology Society
  • Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Prizes and Awards

  • Stan Maes Early Career Award, European Health Psychology Society, 2019
  • Rosemary Anne Price Student Award, MS Society, 2013

Research Overview

My primary expertise is in methods that facilitate research in everyday life, using real-time assessments (i.e. ecological momentary assessment; EMA) to study changing phenomena within individuals.

My research interests are broadly within Health Psychology, with a particular focus on

  • Stress and psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Self-regulatory fatigue and decision fatigue
  • Work, effort, and reward
  • Within-person processes in health and illness

I have extensive experience with interdisciplinary working and have ongoing collaborations with researchers in health services, health economics, labour economics, nutrition, primary care, emergency medicine, bioengineering, and epidemiology. 

I am a core member of the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group and an interdisciplinary member of the Aberdeen Centre for Labour Market Research.

I am always keen to hear from potential collaborators, particularly in relation to using EMA methods, or the examination of fatigue or stress.

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Health Psychology
  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychobiology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


I am currently supervising five PhD Students on the following projects:

Mona Maier - Decision fatigue in healthcare professionals

Marina Maciver - Quality of life in young people with major limb amputations

Dr Leia Kane - Everyday stress, recovery, and heart-rate variability in emergency medical doctors

Frank You - Changing behaviour to enable design and delivery of low carbon trials

Heidi Kane - Investigation of stress in dentistry students




Teaching Responsibilities

I lead the the professionally-accredited MSc Health Psychology programme as Programme Director.

I also coordinate the following:

  • PU5053 - Stress, Personality & Health 

and teach content for students in the following courses:

  • PU5053 - Stress, Personality & Health
  • PU5022 - Health Behaviour & Behaviour Change
  • PU5029 - Health Psychology Research Review
  • PU5041 - Public Health in Action (Online)
  • PU5054 - Advanced Quantitative Methods and Analysis for Psychology
  • PU5552 - Public Health in Action
  • RN5503 - Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention (Online)
  • RN5505 - Clinical Nutrition

I supervise postgraduate taught students in PU5909 - Health Psychology Research Projects. My PhD student supervision is detailed in the Research tab.

I'm open to supervising one Medical Humanities Project (ME33A2) each year - do contact me if interested.

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Gertraud (Turu) Stadler and I established a Summer School in Intensive Longitudinal Methods in 2018, which is held annually. The 2024 Summer School will be held in Berlin, Germany in July/August.


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