Dr Daniel Powell

Dr Daniel Powell
Dr Daniel Powell

Dr Daniel Powell

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol



1st Floor, Health Sciences Building

Foresterhill Campus

Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD


I am a Lecturer in Health Psychology within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. I joined the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group (AHPG) in 2014, having completed my PhD at the University of Southampton, and have been here ever since.

I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Full Member of its Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and a member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). In 2019, I was awarded the Stan Maes Early Career Award by the EHPS.

As part of my role, I contribute teaching and supervision on the MSc Health Psychology programme in Aberdeen, and various other postgraduate courses. I 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 run several workshops, and a summer school, on intensive longitudinal methods.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Aberdeen Health Psychology Group
  • Health Psychology Workshop Chair
  • IAHS Staff Development Group
  • IAHS Postgraduate Teaching Committee
  • School Ethics Review Board PGT Committee
External Memberships
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the Division of Health Psychology, BPS
  • Member of the European Health Psychology Society
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy

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
  • Habits in nutrition

The majority of my work employs real-time assessment methodologies (i.e. ecological momentary assessment; EMA) 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. 

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Health Psychology

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 currently supervise three PhD Students: Marina MacIver, Mona Maier, and Bernard Asare.

Each year, I also supervise several MSc Health Psychology students with their research reviews and projects. 


Teaching Responsibilities

I am actively involved in the delivery of the BPS-accredited MSc Health Psychology programme, and contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate courses on other programmes. 

I'm currently the course co-ordinator of the following courses:

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


Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

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 and 2021. Future iterations will be announced soon.


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