Chair of Kinesiology; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor, Kinesiology
Chair of Kinesiology; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Other Affiliations: Center on Aging
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2351 SPH Bldg.
Phone: 301-405-2485 |
CV / Resume
PDF icon Hatfield CV Apr. 2018.pdf


Dr. Bradley Hatfield is Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park with adjunct appointments in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) as well as the Center on Aging and a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health).  He received his PhD in 1982 from the Pennsylvania State University where he was supported by the Research Council of Canada as a doctoral fellow and a Master of Sport Administration degree from the College of Business at Ohio University in addition to a Master of Science degree from Penn State. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education and Psychology from the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

His research is focused on: (1) exercise and the aging brain as well as (2) brain dynamics underlying cognitive-motor performance using a cognitive neuroscience approach to address these topics via brain imaging techniques such as electroencepahalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). He has published in a number of scholarly journals including Neuroimage, Cerebral Cortex, Psychophysiology, Biological Psychology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Neurobiology of Aging, Experimental Brain Research, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Journal of Gerontology, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, and others and currently holds membership on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology, and the Journal of Contemporary Athletics, while also serving as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and numerous scholarly journals. Dr. Hatfield’s research efforts have been supported by the Department of Defense – Army Research Office (ARO), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the American Heart Association, the Erickson Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health and Information Technology.

His current research is focused on 1) the assessment of cognitive load based on cerebral cortical dynamics during motor performance (funded by Lockheed-Martin Corporation) and 2) the role of physical activity and genetics in mental health.  Dr. Hatfield served as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine from which he recently received the Honor Award (2013). He is a Fellow and President-elect of the National Academy of Kinesiology, and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Research Consortium of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and he is a charter Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP).