profile: Dr. Paul McCarthy

Dr Paul McCarthy is a BPS Chartered Sport Psychologist, BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and Lecturer in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. Based in Scotland, Paul has worked with performers, teams, and businesses throughout the UK and Ireland for the past decade.


  • From — Ireland
  • Resides — Scotland


  • Staffordshire University — PhD Psychology
  • Staffordshire University — MSc Sport Psychology

Sport Psychology Accreditation

  • BPS Chartered Psychologist with full membership of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist


  • Jones, M. V., Meijen, C., McCarthy, P. J., Sheffield, D. (in press). A theory of challenge and threat states in sport. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • McCarthy, P. J. (2009). Happier floating on imagination: Case study among competitive youth swimmers. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 5, 27-38
  • Uphill, M. A, McCarthy, P. J., & Jones, M. V. (2009). Getting a grip on emotion regulation in sport Conceptual foundations and practical application. In S. Mellalieu & S. Hanton, (Eds.), Advances in applied sport psychology. London: Routledge
  • McCarthy, P. J., Jones, M. V., & Clark-Carter, D. (2008). Understanding enjoyment in youth sport: A developmental perspective. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9, 142-156
  • McCarthy, P. J. & Jones, M. V. (2007). A qualitative study of sport enjoyment in the sampling years. The Sport Psychologist, 21, 400-416.