Damian Haslett

Damian Haslett

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

+353 (0) 8686 249 97
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Disability, Sport and Social Activism.

Supervisors: Professor Brett Smith and Dr Sarah Williams

Damian is a second year doctoral researcher in the school of sport exercise and rehabilitation sciences.


  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (with distinction), Ulster University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, The Open University


After completing a BSc in psychology, Damian went on to obtain a MSc sport and exercise psychology. His BSc and MSc research focused on disability, sport and wellbeing. For his research, he received the MSc Award 2017 from the division of sport and exercise psychology (DSEP) in The British Psychological Society. Currently, Damian is completing a PhD under the supervision of Professor Brett Smith and Dr. Sarah Williams. Previously, he worked as a relationship manager (vice president) in the financial services industry in London. Damian spent 2014 volunteering as a sports facilitator for people with visual impairments in Guatemala.


Developing social justice through sport.

Other activities

Damian is graduate member of The British Psychological Society and a full member of the division of sport, exercise and performance psychology (DSEPP) in the Psychological Society of Ireland. In addition, he is a committee member on the National Sports Executive Committee (Irish Wheelchair Association - Sport). In his spare time, Damian is a volunteer with the Irish Wheelchair Rugby team.



  • Haslett, D., Breslin, G., & Fitzpatrick, B. (2017) The psychological influences on participation in Wheelchair Rugby: a social relational model of disability. Acta Universitatis Carolinae: Kinanthropologica 53, (1)
  • Haslett, D & Smith, B. (in Press) Disability Sport and Social Activism. Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism
  • Haslett, D & Smith, B (in Press) Viewpoints Towards Disability. Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education 

Conference presentations:

  • The psychological of participation in Wheelchair Rugby. The British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch Annual conference (2017). (First Prize Postgraduate Presentation Award)
  • The psychological of participation in Wheelchair Rugby. The British Psychological Society, Division Sport and Exercise Psychology - Annual Conference (2017). (MSc Award)
  • Sport and social justice symposium. 6th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (2018).
  • Para sport athlete activism. European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (2018).
  • Disability sport and social activism. Lancaster Disability Studies Conference (2018).