Dr Paul Castle


Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: p.castle@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855349

Dr Paul Castle joined University of Worcester as a Senior Lecturer in September 2004. He is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. As an active practitioner, Dr Castle provides sport and exercise psychology consultancy to clients in a wide array of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the clinical side of sport and exercise.

Paul embraces the emerging issue of Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB) in society. He is an advocate for reducing the stigma associated with MHWB and provides applied psychological support in guiding students, staff and those in the wider community through their ‘life-challenges’. Alongside applied expertise since 2002, Paul is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) trained, in conjunction with his professional training.


  • PhD Psychology University of Warwick
  • MSc Sports Science (Psych Pathway) University College Chichester
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology University of Warwick
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching & Research

Paul has particular expertise in the following areas:

Stress, Depression and Burnout in Primary and Secondary School Teachers

  • Practitioner interests in helping Primary and Secondary School teachers to enhance health and psychological well-being by minimising stress, depression and burnout.
  • Provision of individual psychological support packages to teachers in addressing stress, depression or burnout.
  • Author of How to be a Successful Teacher: Strategies for Personal and Professional Development (ISBN: 978-1849200172).
  • Author of Psychology for Teachers (2nd edn) (ISBN-13: 978-1526413550).


  • Author of The Psychology of Motorsport Success: How To Improve Your Performance With Mental Skills Training (ISBN: 978 1 84425 495 8).
  • Practitioner interests in assisting racers to perform at optimal levels in all areas of motorsport.
  • Provision of individual psychological support packages with racers from club level to world champion level, on two- and four-wheels.
  • Advanced riding/driving and the psychology of road-users.

Cycling for Competition and Recreation:

  • Practitioner providing sports psychology consultancy to a wide range of athletes, with particular expertise in applying psychological principles to cycle racing in time trials, road and velodrome.
  • Provision of psychological support packages to members of the public wishing to increase their physical activity levels through recreational cycling.
  • Former amateur time-trial cyclist, British Cycling Level 2 coaching qualified and keen cyclist, with Alpe D'Huez, Mont Ventoux, Col du Galibier, Col du Telegraphe, Col D’Izoard, Col de l’Iseran, Col del la Croix de Fer, Col du Glandon and the Passo del Stelvio in his palmarès.

Professional Interests:

  • Applied sport and exercise psychology
  • Mental health and wellbeing

Research Interests:

  • Applied sport and exercise psychology
  • Ameliorating Emotional Burden in Personal Academic Tutoring (Williams, Castle, Augustus and Goodall)

Ongoing Research Interests:

Applied psychology of stress, depression and burnout; well-being and physical activity.

Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist: British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Practitioner Status: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Castle, P.C. and Buckler, S. (2018) Psychology for Teachers (2nd edn). Chennai: Sage. (ISBN-13: 978-1526413550).

West, J., Rhoden, C., Robinson, P., Castle, P.C. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2016) How motivated are you? Exploring the differences between motivational profiles and personality traits. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review. 12 (1), 28-42.

Buckler, S. and Castle, P.C. (2014) Psychology for Teachers. Chennai: Sage. (ISBN: 978-1446211151).

Purdy, L., Molnar, G., Griffiths, L. and Castle, P.C. (2014) Ilona: Tweeting through cultural adjustments. In Armour, K., Pedagogical Cases in Sport, Exercise and Movement (Volume 1): Physical Education and Youth Sport. London: Routledge. 222-234. (ISBN: 978-0-415-70245).

Castle, P.C. and Buckler, S.(2009) How to be a Successful Teacher: Strategies for personal and professional development. Chennai: Sage. ISBN-10: 1849200173.

Castle, P.C. (2008) Psychology of Motorsport Success: How to improve your performance with mental skills training. Yeovil: Haynes. ISBN: 9 781844 254958.

Castle, P.C., Incledon, V. and Waring, M. (2008) Are We Conveying The Message Appropriately? Adapting to Student Perceptions of Effective Feedback, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 7 (1), 89-98.

Castle, P.C. and Van Toller, S. (2002) Selected Psychophysiology Studies of the Warwick Olfaction Research Group: 1970-2000. Aromachology Review, 11 (1), 10-13.

Ellard, D., Castle, P. C. and Mian, R. (2001) The Effect of a Short-Term Mental Stressor on Neutrophil Activation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 41 (1), 93-100.

Castle, P. C., Van Toller, S. and Milligan, G. J. (2000) The Effect of Odour Priming on Cortical EEG and Visual ERP Responses. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 36 (2), 123-131.