Bradley D. Hatfield , Ph.D.

Professor

Sport Psychology

Dr. Hatfield's general research interests include the use of psychophysiological methods to assess the effects of exercise on mental health. He received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Exercise & Sport Kinesiology Science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1982. Dr. Hatfield has an affiliate appointment with the University of Maryland, College Park, Neural and Cognitive Sciences program (NACS) and is currently serving as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM). In addition, he is a member of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has expertise in both the psychological and physiological domains of sport performance. He has conducted research and made presentations in the area of exercise and its effects on brain function. In particular, Dr. Hatfield has focused his interest on brain processes during skilled performance using EEG measures of cerebral activity.

The focus of Dr. Hatfield's program in exercise and sport psychology deals with both the health-related and performance-related aspects of humans in exercise/sport settings. The psychophysiological methodological approach is adhered to in order to attempt to describe possible mechanisms underlying the mental health aspects of exercise involvement. Additionally, performance-related issues have involved the study of hemispheric EEG activity in athletes of varying skill levels while performing in controlled environments to assess associated cognitive and emotive processes.

Areas of Interest:

  • The mental health aspects of exercise
  • Psychological aspects of human skilled performance
  • Psychophysiology