Dr Tadhg MacIntyre

Psychology, ALL Institute

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor
Scientific Coordinator of GoGreenRoutes

John Hume Building


Dr MacIntyre is an environmental psychologist leading Ireland's first postgraduate program in Environmental Psychology. Since, 1993, he has been conducting research on cognition and action. He studied psychology in University College Dublin where he graduated with a BA, a first class honours research Masters (1996) and subsequently a PhD in 2007. His research was supervised by the late Professor of Cognitive Psychology at UCD, Aidan Moran. He has published widely on topics including mental imagery and embodied cognition, mental health and well-being and most recently on nature based interventions including green exercise. In 2019, he co-edited Physical Activity in Natural Settings (Routledge) with Aoife Donnelly. In 2023, he co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Mental Health in Elite Sport and is a HCPC accredited practitioner psychologist. He is a visiting Professor at the Inland University of Applied Sciences in Norway and formerly a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich. He is the coordinator of GoGreenRoutes a 10.5 m. euro four-year project on urban health which targets six European cities and has global outreach with its 40 partners (2020-2024). In 2024, he will lead a Horizon Europe project GoGreenNext on climate change impacts on urban health. 

Research Interests

Research interests include metacognition and action, motor cognition, mental health and well-being, psychological resilience, nature-based interventions and nature-based solutions.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Go Green Routes PI The objective of GOGREEN ROUTES is to position European cities as world ambassadors of urban sustainability. Our inspirational approach shifts the focus of NBS towards the co-benefits to multidimensional health-termed 360-Health. GOGREEN ROUTES transdisciplinary consortium will pioneer a unique approach augmenting NBS, urban design with the goal of fostering a positive human-nature relationship, flourishing nature connectedness and promoting citizen engagement through digital, educational and behavioural innovation. GOGREEN ROUTES components focus on nature-based enterprise (GROW), sustainable physical activity (MOVE), digital, cultural (FEEL) and knowledge innovation (KNOW). GOGREEN ROUTES fosters mental health and well-being by optimising human-nature interactions for all citizens. These innovations will increase the uptake and acceptability of NBS across “Cultivating Cities” (Burgas, Lahti, Limerick, Tallinn, Umea & Versailles), “Seed Cities” (Munich, Murcia region & Malta) and a “Cross-Pollination Network: (Beijing, Mexico, & Tblisi). An urban well-being lab, based on the living lab methodology will couple participatory approaches with the Big Data analyses. To advance knowledge, best practice and dissemination GOGREEN ROUTES will cluster with H2020 projects including those involving our partners (e.g. proGIreg, bluehealth2020, Connecting Nature). In addition, linking all open-sourced data to the OPPLA and Think Nature Hubs, delivering online resource (e.g. Urban 360-Health Toolkit, MOOC’s) and empowering citizens in an iterative process of co-creation will ensure perpetuation beyond the end of the project. This novel approach, coupled with the high capacity of the consortium, makes GOGREEN ROUTES an exciting prospect 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 5776482.95

Edited Book

Year Publication
2023 nsa Nixdorf, Raphael Nixdorf, Jürgen Beckmann, Scott Martin, Tadhg MacIntyre (Ed.). (2023) Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport. New York: Routledge, [Link]
2019 Donnelly, A.A. & MacIntyre, T.E (Ed.). (2019) Physical Activity in Natural Settings: Green and Blue Exercise. New York: Routledge, [Link]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Schönbach D.M.I.; Tiscareno-Osorno X.; MacIntyre T.E.; Smith S.; MacIntyre D.; Demetriou Y. (2022) 'What socio-demographic characteristics of university students in Southern Germany predict their urban nature connectedness?'. PLoS ONE, 17 (8). [DOI]
2022 Brambilla E.; Petersen E.; Stendal K.; Sundling V.; MacIntyre T.E.; Calogiuri G. (2022) 'Effects of immersive virtual nature on nature connectedness: A systematic review protocol'. Digital Health, 8 . [DOI]
2022 Fernandez de Osso Fuentes, M. J., Keegan, B. J., Jones, M. V., MacIntyre, T. (2022) 'Digital placemaking, health & wellbeing and nature-based solutions: A systematic review and practice model'. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, . [Link] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127796 [Full-Text]
2021 O'Shea D.; Barkoukis V.; McIntyre T.; Loukovitis A.; Gomez C.; Moritzer S.; Michaelides M.; Theodorou N. (2021) 'Who's to blame? The role of power and attributions in susceptibility to match-fixing'. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 55 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Guillot, A; Di Rienzo, F; Frank, C; Debarnot, U; MacIntyre, TE (2021) 'From simulation to motor execution: a review of the impact of dynamic motor imagery on performance'. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, . [DOI]
2003 MacIntyre, T., & Moran, A (2003) 'Learning through imagery functions from a sport psychology perspective'. Journal of Mental Imagery, :201-205. [Link]
2022 Nigg, C., Petersen, E., & MacIntyre (2022) 'Natural Environments, Psychosocial Health, and Health Behaviors during COVID-19 – A Scoping Review'. Journal of Environmental Psychology, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2020 Litleskare S; MacIntyre TE; Calogiuri G; (2020) 'Enable, Reconnect and Augment: A New ERA of Virtual Nature Research and Application'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 McCormack HM; MacIntyre TE; O'Shea D; Campbell MJ; Igou ER; (2015) 'Practicing What We Preach: Investigating the Role of Social Support in Sport Psychologists' Well-Being'. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 . [DOI]
2014 MacIntyre TE; Igou ER; Campbell MJ; Moran AP; Matthews J; (2014) 'Metacognition and action: a new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport'. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 . [DOI]
2020 Vaughan RS; Edwards EJ; MacIntyre TE; (2020) 'Mental Health Measurement in a Post Covid-19 World: Psychometric Properties and Invariance of the DASS-21 in Athletes and Non-athletes'. Frontiers in Psychology, 11 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 Gritzka S; MacIntyre TE; Dörfel D; Baker-Blanc JL; Calogiuri G; (2020) 'The Effects of Workplace Nature-Based Interventions on the Mental Health and Well-Being of Employees: A Systematic Review'. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Breslin G; Smith A; Donohue B; Donnelly P; Shannon S; Haughey TJ; Vella SA; Swann C; Cotterill S; Macintyre T; Rogers T; Leavey G; (2019) 'International consensus statement on the psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness programmes in sport'. Bmj Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 5 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 MacIntyre TE; Walkin AM; Beckmann J; Calogiuri G; Gritzka S; Oliver G; Donnelly AA; Warrington G; (2019) 'An Exploratory Study of Extreme Sport Athletes' Nature Interactions: From Well-Being to Pro-environmental Behavior'. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Di Rienzo F; Joassy P; Kanthack T; MacIntyre TE; Debarnot U; Blache Y; Hautier C; Collet C; Guillot A; (2019) 'Effects of Action Observation and Action Observation Combined with Motor Imagery on Maximal Isometric Strength'. Neuroscience, 418 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Debarnot U; Neveu R; Samaha Y; Saruco E; Macintyre T; Guillot A; (2019) 'Acquisition and consolidation of implicit motor learning with physical and mental practice across multiple days of anodal tDCS'. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 164 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 McCormack HM; MacIntyre TE; O'Shea D; Herring MP; Campbell MJ; (2018) 'The Prevalence and Cause(s) of Burnout Among Applied Psychologists: A Systematic Review'. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 . [DOI]
2018 MacIntyre TE; Madan CR; Moran AP; Collet C; Guillot A; (2018) 'Motor imagery, performance and motor rehabilitation'. Progress in Brain Research, 240 . [DOI]
2018 Di Rienzo F; Martinent G; Levêque L; MacIntyre T; Collet C; Guillot A; (2018) 'The influence of gate start position on physical performance and anxiety perception in expert BMX athletes'. Journal Of Sports Sciences, 36 (3). [DOI]
2017 Sherwin I; Campbell MJ; Macintyre TE; (2017) 'Talent development of high performance coaches in team sports in Ireland'. European Journal Of Sport Science, 17 (3). [DOI]
2016 Brick NE; Campbell MJ; Metcalfe RS; Mair JL; Macintyre TE; (2016) 'Altering Pace Control and Pace Regulation: Attentional Focus Effects during Running'. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48 (5). [DOI]
2016 Donnelly AA; MacIntyre TE; O'Sullivan N; Warrington G; Harrison AJ; Igou ER; Jones M; Gidlow C; Brick N; Lahart I; Cloak R; Lane AM; (2016) 'Environmental Influences on Elite Sport Athletes Well Being: From Gold, Silver, and Bronze to Blue Green and Gold'. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 . [DOI]
2016 Brick NE; MacIntyre TE; Campbell MJ; (2016) 'Thinking and Action: A Cognitive Perspective on Self-Regulation during Endurance Performance'. Frontiers in Physiology, 7 . [DOI]
2015 Moran A; Bramham J; Collet C; Guillot A; MacIntyre TE; (2015) 'Motor imagery in clinical disorders: importance and implications'. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6 . [DOI]
2013 Macintyre TE; Moran AP; Collet C; Guillot A; (2013) 'An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery'. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7 . [DOI]
2012 Moran A; Guillot A; Macintyre T; Collet C; (2012) 'Re-imagining motor imagery: building bridges between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology'. British Journal Of Psychology (London, England : 1953), 103 (2). [DOI]
2012 Guillot A; Di Rienzo F; Macintyre T; Moran A; Collet C; (2012) 'Imagining is Not Doing but Involves Specific Motor Commands: A Review of Experimental Data Related to Motor Inhibition'. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6 . [DOI]
2011 Collet C; Guillot A; Lebon F; MacIntyre T; Moran A; (2011) 'Measuring motor imagery using psychometric, behavioral, and psychophysiological tools'. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 39 (2). [DOI]
2002 MacIntyre T; Moran A; Jennings DJ; (2002) 'Is controllability of imagery related to canoe-slalom performance?'. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 94 (3 Pt 2). [DOI]
2023 Pereira Barboza, E.; Montana, F.; Cirach, M.; Iungman, T.; Khomenko, S.; Gallagher, J.; Thondoo, M.; Mueller, N.; Keune, H.; MacIntyre, T.; Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2023) 'Environmental health impacts and inequalities in green space and air pollution in six medium-sized European cities'. Environmental Research, 237 . [Link] [DOI]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 Tadhg MacIntyre, Carina Nigg, Cassandra Murphy, and Violetta Oblinger-Peters (2023) 'Nature-Based Interventions in Elite Sport' In: Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2022 McCarthy, MacIntyre, McCormack and McMahon (2022) 'The Mental Health of Sport Psychology Consultants' In: Developing a Sport Psychology Consultancy Practice: A Toolkit for Students and Trainees. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Tadhg E. MacIntyre, Christopher Gidlow, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Méliné Baronian, Marcus Collier, Susan Gritzka, Giles Warrington (2019) 'Nature-based solutions and interventions in cities' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Donnelly, A.A., Tomkalska, M. & MacIntyre, T. E. (2019) 'Dreadmills: Is there such a thing as sustainable exercise' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Giovanna Calogiuri, Sigbjørn Litleskare, Tadhg E. MacIntyre (2019) 'Future-thinking through technological nature' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 MacIntyre, T.E, Oliver, G., Walkin, A., Calogiuri, G., Donnelly, A., Gritzka, S. & Warrington, G. (2019) 'Case studies in blue exercise' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Tadhg E. MacIntyre, Greig Oliver, Andree Walkin, Giovanna Calogiuri, Aoife A. Donnelly, Susan Gritzka, Maire-Treasa Ni Cheallaigh (2019) 'From tracks to Trails: Case Studies of Green Exercise' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Madan, C. R., MacIntyre, T.E., Beckmann, J. & Cappuccio, M.L (2019) 'The cognitive neuroscience of nature: From Motor Cognition to Grounded Cognition' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 Tadhg E. MacIntyre, Giovanna Calogiuri, Aoife A. Donnelly, Giles Warrington, Jürgen Beckmann, Ian Lahart, Noel Brick (2019) 'Societal challenges, methodological issues and transdisciplinary approaches' In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2010 Mac Intyre, T. & Moran, A. P. (2010) 'Meta-imagery processes among elite sports performers' In: The neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. [Link] [DOI]
2012 Moran, A. P., Campbell, M.J., Holmes, P.S. & MacIntyre, T. E (2012) 'Mental Imagery, action observation and skill learning' In: Imagery, Action Observation and Skill Learning. In Skill acquisition in sport- research, theory and practice. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2015 MacIntyre, T.E. (2015) 'Sustainable performance with empathy' In: Leadership in Sport. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2019 MacIntyre, T. E, Madan, C. R., Brick, N., Beckmann, J., & Moran, A. (2019) 'Imagery, Expertise, and Action: A Window into Embodiment' In: Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press. [Link]
2019 Brick, N.E., MacIntyre, T. E. & Schucker, L. (2019) 'Attentional focus and cognitive strategies during endurance activity' In: Endurance Performance in Sport: Psychological Theory and Interventions. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2021 Brick, N.E., Venhorst, A., Robinson, D.T. & MacIntyre, T. E. (2021) 'Self-regulation and emotion regulation in endurance performance' In: Feelings in sport: Theory, research, and practical implications for performance and well-being. New York : Routledge. [Link] https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003052012-17

Other Journal

Year Publication
2022 Fernandez de Osso Fuentes, M. J., Keegan, B. J., Jones, M. V.,& MacIntyre, T. (2022) 'How can digital placemaking impact health and wellbeing of citizens through green and blue space connections? A systematic literature review protocol' PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews, . [Link]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2022 Fernandez de Osso Fuentes, M., Keegan, Brendan James, Jones, M. V., MacIntyre, T. (2022) The Nature Of Cities Festival Can digital placemaking improve mental health through nature? https://airtable.com/shrAeI4H2zngGp6iz/tbl1VwQXd6kQd7SuR/viwmUpkWoWrfITOJU/recsyA4XECtl8XHUj, 29/03/2022-31/03/2022.
2017 Tadhg MacIntyre (2017) British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Annual Conference DSEP 2017 Glasgow, Scotland, .
2021 Tadhg MacIntyre (2021) National Association of Athletic Trainers Annual Conference USA VNATA Orlando, FL, USA, .
2022 Tadhg MacIntyre (2022) 16th European Congress of Psychology FEPSAC 2022 Padova, Italy, .

Published Report

Year Publication
2020 Tadhg MacIntyre, Noel Brick, Clodagh Butler, Aisling Doherty, Andrew M Lane, Robert Morris, Cassandra Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Martin Rogan (2020) Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips for Players and Athletes COVID-RECOVER. University of Stirling, . [Link] http://hdl.handle.net/1893/32955
2008 Moran, A., Guerin, S., Kirby, K., & Mac Intyre, T. (2008) Validation of a Doping Attitudes and Behaviour Scale: Final Report to World Anti-Doping Agency. World Anti-Doping Agency, .
2020 MacIntyre, T.E. (2020) Woodlands for Health Evaluation Report 2020: Nature Based Interventions for Mental Health and Well-Being A Preliminary Study. Mental Health Ireland, . [Link]


Year Publication
2020 MacIntyre TE; Beckmann J; Calogiuri G; Donnell AA; Jones MV; Madan CR; Rogerson M; Brick NE; Nieuwenhuijsen M; Gidlow CJ; (2020) Editorial: Human-Nature Interactions: Perspectives on Conceptual and Methodological Issues. [Editorial] [DOI]
2017 MacIntyre TE; Jones M; Brewer BW; Van Raalte J; O'Shea D; McCarthy PJ; (2017) Editorial: Mental Health Challenges in Elite Sport: Balancing Risk with Reward. [Editorial] [DOI]


Year Publication
2023 Fernandez de Osso Fuentes M.J.; Keegan B.J.; Jones M.V.; MacIntyre T. (2023) Digital placemaking, health & wellbeing and nature-based solutions: A systematic review and practice model. [Reviews] [DOI]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Health Care Professional Council UK (Reg.) Registered Practitioner (Sport & Exercise Psychology) 31/07/2012 -
Psychological Society of Ireland (AfPSI CPsychol) Chartered Psychologist/Associate Fellow 31/07/2012 -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/12/2017 Invited Keynote Speaker BPS Division of Sport of Exercise Psychology Annual Conference British Psychological Society DSEP
01/07/2022 Invited Keynote Speaker FEPSAC European Congress of Sport & Ex. Psychology European Federation of Sport Psychology


Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University 01/01/2021 -