Dr. Olivia A Hurley

Dr Olivia Hurley, a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), works as a Psychology, and Sport Psychology, Lecturer in IADT. She also supervises research studies in her areas of expertise in IADT. She is a member of the Irish Institute of Sport's panel of Approved Sport Psychology Consultants.


Dr Olivia Hurley has had book chapters and research articles published by a number of peer reviewed publications. She has presented her research at a numerous conferences. She also acts as a reviewer for a number of high quality peer reviewed journals in psychology and sport psychology.

Impact of Player Injuries on Teams' Mental
States, and Subsequent Performances, at the
Rugby World Cup 2015 – Frontiersin.org
Hurley, O. Sport and Health Cyberpsychology. In Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H. + Kirwan, G. (eds.), Introduction to Cyberpsychology. London, UK: Routledge. 2016
Hurley, O. The Dynamics of Groups Online. In Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H. + Kirwan, G. (eds.), Introduction to Cyberpsychology. London, UK: Routledge.2016
Rooney, B, Connolly, I., Hurley, O., Kirwan, G. and Power, A. Social media and networking behavior. In Alison Attrill (ed.), Cyberpsychology (pp. 88-107). UK: Oxford University Press.2015
Hurley, O.The sport psychologist tweeter: What information do ‘followers’ want? Perspectives: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Staff Anthology, 2, 44-52.2015
McCabe, D., Hurley, O. + Flood, C. The influence of gendered web design on female science career motivation. In A. Power + G. Kirwan (eds), Cyberpsychology + New Media: a thematic reader (pp. 60-71). UK: Psychology Press.2013

Research projects

Dr Olivia Hurley is involved in a number of research and writing projects with her colleagues in IADT, UCD and TCD, in her areas of expertise (as cited above) within the disciplines of sport psychology and sport cyberpsychology.

Team dynamics in Healthcare settings: Trends and Lessons to learn from Sport. Funding: TBC; Project ongoing. Context reinstatement of eyewitness memory using virtual environments (By MSc student Joanne Carroll - co-supervisor from 2014 to 2015). Funding: IOTI.Ongoing
Project ongoing. Mental preparation for Sport: What do the players say? Funding: IADT Seed Fund.2012
Psychological responses to, and recovery from, sports injuries in elite athletes. Funding: IRCHSS;2003


Dr Olivia Hurley has presented numerous guest lecturers in her field of sport psychology in UCD, TCD and RCSI in recent years. She has delivered a number of guest lectures for various sporting, and business, organisations. She has also presented at many psychology and sport psychology. conferences.

Careers in Sport Psychology. Presentation made at the PSI/NIBPS Careers Event in IADT2016
Concentration in Sport. Guest lecture in UCD's School of Psychology2016
Introduction to Sport Psychology. Guest lecture in UCD's School of Psychology 2016
New Technologies in Sport: Potential Impact on Performance in Elite Sport Settings. Paper presented at the Annual PSI conference, 13th November, Kilkenny, Ireland. 2014
Social Media in the World of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. Paper presented at the Annual PSI conference, 8th November, Sligo, Ireland.2013

Awards + Achievements

Dr Olivia Hurley has be invited to speak at a number of high profile sport psychology related events. She has also received a number of academic appointments due to her profile within her field of sport psychology.

  • Invited to be a keynote speaker at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit in Dublin for October 2016.
  • Acted as the On-Air Host for IADT's 'Building Resilience: Lessons from Sport' Television Production in October 2015.
  • Appointed to her current role of External Examiner for the MSc in Sport Psychology at Waterford Institute of Technology in 2014.
  • Appointed to her current position of Secretary of the Division of Sport, Exercise and Performance (DSEPP) in PSI in January 2012.


As a member of the Irish Institute of Sport’s panel of Sport Psychology Consultants, Olivia works with many top athletes and performers, in both team, and individual sports and disciplines, to help them enhance their performances. Olivia was one of the co-founders of the Division of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (DSEPP) in PSI. Olivia was an international sprinter, and earned a number of Irish Caps at underage and senior level until her retirement in 2002. Olivia still hold the U13 Irish Indoor 60 meter sprint championship record. Olivia loves to keep fit, and has a passion for all things sport and psychology related.