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Bradley Hatfield

Professor, Kinesiology

Bradley Hatfield received his PhD from Penn State University in the psychological aspects of sport/human factors, and his research is focused on brain dynamics underlying motor skill learning and performance. He considers the impact of practice, motivation and mental stress, as well as other psychological factors on human performance in sport, military and tactical athlete populations. He also conducts research on the impact of exercise on the brain and mental health.


SPH | Room 2351

(301) 405-2485


Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Exercise and Brain Aging; Human Performance; Brain; Psychophysiology; Sport management

B.P.E., Physical Education, 1974

University of New Brunswick

BA, Psychology, 1975

University of New Brunswick

MS, Kinesiology, 1976

The Pennsylvania State University

PhD, Kinesiology, 1982

The Pennsylvania State University

M.S.A., Administration, 1983

Ohio University, College of Business

KNES350 Psychology of Sport

KNES455 Scientific Basis of Athletic Conditioning

KNES650 Biopsychology of Human Performance

Advisory Council, Flagship 2020 Commission, University of Maryland, College Park, 2015

Secretary-Treasurer, National Academy of Kinesiology, 2014-2015

Research and Service Award, Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2013

Executive Committee member, National Academy of Kinesiology, 2012-2014

Research and Development Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2007

Fellow, National Academy of Kinesiology, 2004

Jerry P. Wrenn Outstanding Service Award, College of Health and Human Performance, 2002

George F. Kramer Practitioner Award, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001

President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2000-03

President, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 1999-02

Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine, 1999

Hatfield, B.D, Jaquess, K., Lo, L. & Oh, H. (2020). The cognitive and affective neuroscience of superior athletic performance –Chapter 23. In G. Tenenbaum & R. C. Eklund (Eds.) Handbook of Sport Psychology (Volume 1, Part 5 Cognition and Expertise) – 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Publishers. 487-512.

Kayes, M. K. & Hatfield, B. D. (2019). The influence of physical activity on brain aging and cognition: The role of cognitive reserve, thresholds for decline, genetic influence, and the investment hypothesis. In J. M. Rippe (Ed.) Lifestyle Medicine (3rd edition), CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Books, Inc., Boca Raton, FL. 1251-1270.

Jaquess, K., Lu, Y., Ginsberg, A., Kahl, S., Lu, C., Ritland, B., Gentili, R. & Hatfield, B. (in press). Effect of self-controlled practice on neuro-cortical dynamics during the processing of visual performance feedback. Journal of Motor Behavior.

Hatfield, B.D., Lu, C.M. & Zimmerman, J.B. (2020). Optimization of human performance. Kinesiology Review, 9(1): 1-3.

Lu, Y., Yang, T., Hatfield, B.D., Cong, F., & Zhou, C. (2020). Influence of cognitive-motor expertise on brain dynamics of anticipatory-based outcome processing. Psychophysiology, 57(2):e13477. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13477.

Jaquess, K., Lu, Y., Iso-Ahola, S., Zhang, J., & Hatfield, B.D. (2019). Self-controlled practice to achieve neuro-cognitive engagement: Underlying brain processes to enhance cognitive-motor learning and performance. Journal of Motor Behavior. Oct 14:1-14. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2019.1651245. [Epub ahead of print]

Lo, L.-C., Hatfield, B.D., Wu, C.-T., & Hung, T.-M. (2019). Elevated state anxiety alters cerebral cortical dynamics and degrades precision cognitive-motor performance. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 8(1), 21-37.

Shaw, E.P., Rietschel, J.C., Hendershot, B.D., Pruziner, A.L., Wolf, E.J., Dearth, C.L., Miller, M.W., Hatfield, B.D., & Gentili, R.J. (2019). A comparison of mental workload in individuals with transtibial and transfemoral lower limb loss during dual-task walking under varying demand. Journal International Neuropsychological Society, 25(9), 985-997. doi: 10.1017/S1355617719000602 Epub 2019 Aug 29. PMID: 31462338

Shaw, E.P., Rietschel, J.C., Shuggi, I.M., Xu, Y., Chen, S., Miller, M.W., Hatfield, B.D., & Gentili, R.J. (2019). Cerebral cortical networking for mental workload assessment under various demands during dual-task walking. Experimental Brain Research, 237(9), 2279-2295. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05550-x. Epub PMID: 31267218

Ritland, B.M., Simonelli, G., Gentili, R.J., Smith J.C., He, X., Oh, H., Balkin, T.J., & Hatfield, B.D. (2019). Sleep health and its association with performance and motivation in tactical athletes enrolled in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Sleep Health. 5(3), 309-314. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.01.004. Epub 2019 Feb 12 PMID: 31208712