Dr Daniel Powell

Dr Daniel Powell
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol


Dr Daniel Powell
Dr Daniel Powell

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 438101
The University of Aberdeen 1st Floor, Health Sciences Building
Foresterhill Campus
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD


Dan is a Lecturer in Health Psychology within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, at the University of Aberdeen. He joined the Health Psychology Group in 2014, initially as a research fellow. He is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a full member of its Division of Health Psychology (DHP).

Dan gained a Masters in Health Psychology with Distinction from the University of Southampton in 2009 and went on to defend his PhD thesis at the same University in 2014. 

His research typically utilises intensive longitudinal methods (ecological momentary assessment) to investigate contextual and temporal influences on stress and fatigue, clinical symptoms, and self-regulation. He has run several workshops, and a summer school, on intensive longitudinal methods. 

Dan also contributes significantly to teaching on the Health Psychology masters here in Aberdeen, and various other postgraduate and undergraduate courses. In 2019, Dan became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • IAHS Staff Development Group (Member)
  • Health Psychology Workshop (Chair)
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the Division of Health Psychology, BPS
  • Member of the European Health Psychology Society
  • Member of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment

Research Overview

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

  • Stress and Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Self-regulatory fatigue and decision fatigue
  • Work, effort, and demand
  • Symptom variability

The majority of my work employs real-time assessment methodologies (i.e. ecological momentary assessment) to study changing phenomena in daily life.

I am always keen to hear from potential collaborators, particular in relation to use of EMA methods and/or testing models of self-regulatory fatigue. 


Teaching Responsibilities

Dan is actively involved in the delivery of the BPS-accredited MSc Health Psychology programme, and co-ordinates and contributes to postgraduate and undergrate courses on other programmes. He supervises the research of several MSc students and PhD students.

He is currently the co-ordinator of the following courses:

  • PU5022 - Health Behaviour & Behaviour Change
  • PU5053 - Stress, Personality & Health 
  • PU5909 - Health Psychology Research Projects

PhD students: Bernard Asare, Mona Maier

External courses

Dr Turu Stadler and Dr Dan Powell established a Summer School in Intensive Longitudinal Methods in 2018. This was followed up with a Virtual Summer School in Intensive Longitudinal Methods in 2020. Future iterations will be announced soon.



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