Dr Daniel Powell
Dr Daniel Powell

Dr Daniel Powell

PhD, CPsychol, FHEA



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 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).

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 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.


  • 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
  • Chair of the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group Workshop
  • Member of the IAHS Staff Development Group
  • Member of the IAHS Postgraduate Teaching Committee
  • Member of the 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

Prizes and Awards

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

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 reward
  • Symptom variability
  • Habits in nutrition

I'm very interested in methods that facilitate research in everyday life, using real-time assessments (i.e. ecological momentary assessment; EMA) to study changing phenomena within-persons.

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. I have ongoing collaborations both within and across disciplines, including with the Business School, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Health Economics, Health Services, and Primary Care.

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.


Teaching Responsibilities

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

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

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

I also teach content on the following courses:

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

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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