Profile

Bryan McCann
Title: Dr
First Name: Bryan
Surname: McCann
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: 01224 262978
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9937-1730

Bryan McCann is a lecturer in sport and exercise science working in the School of Health Sciences and a practicing sport and exercise psychologist. Bryan’s teaching interests focus on the psychology of sport and exercise participation. He is also placement coordinator for the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching courses, and works with a range of external organisations to develop opportunities for students to gain meaningful work-related experiences. Bryan gained a PhD in 2018 for his research into the role of social agents on athlete motivation.

Bryan has developed, led and implemented a number of innovative teaching and learning activities. Activities include the award-winning Aberdeen Youth Games programme which sees students promote physical activity, health and wellbeing amongst over 4500 primary and secondary school pupils each year. Bryan also led the successful RGU GO: India project, working alongside colleagues to take 12 students from 6 subject areas to spend 4 weeks in India in 2016 delivering community physical activity, health and wellbeing projects. Bryan has received funding for projects from The Wood Foundation, The Scottish Government, RGU Foundation, The Robertson Trust and other funding sources. He works closely with colleagues from across RGU and organisations such as Sport Aberdeen, North East of Scotland College, and Manipal University, India, where he has also acted as visiting faculty.

Bryan is a BPS Charted and HCPC Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and provides psychological support to a range of athletes. He is experienced providing support to a range of national, international and Olympic level athletes and teams in different sports, including football, golf, swimming, table tennis and skiing. Bryan also has experience providing sport psychology workshops for players, coaches and sports officials for organisations such as the SFA, The Camanachd Association, Scottish Swimming and Sport Scotland. Bryan is also a member of the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS DSEP) committee.

Bryan graduated with an upper second class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University, and followed this with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Bangor University, gaining a distinction. Bryan took up the post of KTP Associate at Robert Gordon University in April 2010. Based at Transition Extreme Sports Ltd., Bryan developed an innovative and award winning adrenaline sport-based education programme for disengaged young people – The Alternative Academy – which has become one of the leading youth programmes in the region.

Teaching Interests

• Sport and Exercise Psychology

• Physical activity, health and wellbeing

• Employability and work-related experiences

Research Interests

• The influence of social agents on athlete motivation

• Applied sport psychology

• Professional development and practice in sport psychology

• Inter-professional and multicultural education

• Physical activity, health and wellbeing

Publications

Collins, R. & McCann, B. (2015). Navigating the swampy lowland of the BPS Stage 2 qualification: signposting a trodden road. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 11, 55-70.

Oral Presentations

McCann, B. (2018). The Aberdeen Youth Games: Students as Community Assets. Robert Gordon University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.

McCann, B., & Ironside, R. (2018). RGU GO: India – A Pilot International and Multidisciplinary Student Mobility Project. Robert Gordon University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.

Quinn, F., McCann, B., & Stevens, G. (2018). The social experience of exercise in public places: An exploratory qualitative study. International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference.

McCann, B., & Ironside, R. (2016). RGU GO: India – A Multidisciplinary Student Mobility Project. Robert Gordon University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.

McCann, B. (2015). A retrospective investigation of the influence of social agents on elite athlete motivation during development. British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference

McCann, B. (2013). Consultancy ghosts: How a negative inaugural applied experience positively ‘haunted’ future practice. British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference

Shaw, D.J., Burgess, K.E. and McCann, B. (2013). Enriching the Student Experience: Embedding employability into the heart of Applied Sport and Exercise Science Provision. BASES Annual Conference.

McCann, B. (2012). Alternative Education Through Sport - Increasing confidence and motivation. European Congress of Sport Science.

Poster Presentations Campbell, C., Burgess, K., Buchanan, N., Cooper, K., & McCann, B. (2017). Culture, development mechanisms and characteristics: building the profile of the optimal youth football coach. British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference.

Quinn, F., McCann, B., & Stevens, G. (2017). The social experience of exercise in public places: An exploratory qualitative study. British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference.

McCann, B. (2017). The Aberdeen Youth Games: Creating Opportunities for FE & HE Students to Promote Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing in the Community. Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC) Conference.

Quinn, F. & McCann, B. (2016). The social experience of exercise in public places: An exploratory qualitative study. European Health Psychology Society & BPS Division of Health Psychology Joint Conference.

McCann, B. (2016). The Aberdeen Youth Games: Enhancing Student Experience through a Multidisciplinary and Multi-Institutional Community Programme. Robert Gordon University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.

McCann, B. (2013). “Studying Football” - Investigating the Integration of Elite Football Training into Secondary School Education. British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference