HATCH: Psychology for Dance with Dr Olivia Hurley

Wed 5 Dec 2018
14:00 - 16:00
Free. RSVP to: reception@danceireland.ie

This event forms part of Lucia Kickham's HATCH Residency.

Dr Olivia Hurley is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and an Accredited Sport Psychologist of the Sport Ireland Institute (SII)​. She currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT, Dun Laoghaire). Dr Hurley is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in UCD and RCSI in Sport Psychology. In March 2018, she published her first solo book entitled ‘Sport Cyberpsychology’. It is the first book devoted to assessing the influence of technology on human interaction, behaviour and mental health in a sport context.

​In her session in Dance Ireland, Dr Hurley will speak about effective mental strategies that can be applied to achieve consistent, successful performances across many settings. She will illustrate this by providing examples from her experience working with top athletes, performers and business people in her role as a sport psychology consultant. Dr Hurley will also provide supporting research evidence for the mental strategies she advocates in the session. She will illustrate how these strategies are used, among others, to enhance the overall mental skills of athletes and performers, including their concentration (focusing) and coping skills. Finally, some points regarding the potential impact, both positive and negative, of technology in performance-based arenas will be presented, as this was the focus of some of the content of Dr Hurley’s newly published book and is a topic hotly debated within society in general at present.

For further information:

  • Telephone: +35318558800