Dr David Wasley



MSc Physical Activity and Health​

Telephone number:​ 02920 417192
Email address: dwasley@cardiffmet.ac.uk​​

David is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Exercise Psychology in the Cardiff School of Sport. He is also the programme director of the MSc Physical Activity and Health. David joined the School in 2002 after being at De Montfort University (Bedford campus) and Brighton University (Eastbourne campus). He has delivered across a wide range of programmes with addition roles leading the health area within the school. In addition, he contributes to cross campus delivery and coordination in Cardiff Met with the School of Health Sciences.


Research / Publications

I have two themes to my research interests firstly I contribute to the Musical Impact study investigating the well-being and lifestyle behaviours of classical musicians.

Secondly the investigation of the promotion and effect of physical activity on various heath issue populations – I.e. I contribute to the Cardiff Metropolitan University “Diabetes and Metabolic Health Research Group (2010-ongoing).Investigation of the affective experience of living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes (T2D) and its associated complications in terms of treatment behaviour.

DeBono K, Wasley D, Riley J, Enright S, Collett J, Dawes H, Quinn L, Rosser A, Busse M and the COMMET-HD management group. (2013). Perspectives of participating in a 12 week exercise programme for people with early - mid stage Huntington’s Disease. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy,37 (4), 149-158.

Williamon, A. Aufegger, A., Wasley, D., Looney, D., and Mandic, D.P. (2013). Complexity of physiological responses decreases in high stress musical performance Journal of the Royal Society Interface.10, 1-6.

Wasley, D. and Moore. M. (2013). A. qualitative pilot study into the impact of type 1 diabetes on everyday anxiety levels. Journal of Diabetes Nursing 17, 311-315.

Chauhan, A., Sequeria, A., Manderson, C., Maddocks, M., Wasley, D., & Wilcock, A. (2012) Exploring autonomic nervous system dysfunction in patients with cancer cachexia: a pilot study. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical 166 (1-2):93-95.

Wasley, D., Taylor, A., Backx, K., Williamon, A. (2012). Influence of fitness and physical activity on cardiovascular reactivity to musical performance. Work. 41(1), 27-32.

Backx, K., McCann, A., Wasley, D., Dunseath, G., Luzio, S., Owens, D. (2011). The Effect of a Supported Exercise Programme in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes- a Pilot Study. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29, 579-586.

Valentine, E.R., Mayer-Dinkgrafe, D., Acs, V., & Wasley, D. (2006). Exploratory Investigation of South Indian Techniques and Neurolinguistic Programming as Methods of Reducing Stage Fright in Actors. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 21, 126-136.

Lox, C. L., Jackson, S., Tuholski, S. W., Wasley, D., Treasure, D. C. (2000). Revisiting the Measurement of Exercise-Induced Feeling States: The Physical Activity Affect Scale (PAAS). Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 4, 79-96.

Lox, C. L., Burns, S. P., Treasure, D. C., & Wasley , D. A. (1999). Physical and psychological predictors of exercise dosage in healthy adults. Medicine and Science In Sports And Exercise, 31, 1060-1064.

Teaching and Supervision

David teaches on the health and exercise psychology areas present is a number of modules within the school of sport and the school of health sciences. Module leaderships include SSP6065 Exercise Psychology, SSP7017 Health and Exercise Psychology, SBM5007 Physical Activity, Exercise and Psychological Wellbeing and PSY6022 Exercise and Mental Health.

I currently supervise 4 PhD’s and have 1 completion at PhD and 1 at MPhil.

Qualifications and Awards

Golden Synapse Award from the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT) 2013.
Grants in the last 5 years include:
2013-2017 Arts and Humanities Research Council £975000 Musical Impact is a new four-year research project

2011-2012 Tenovus Innovation Grant. £29955, Title: The role of exercise in patients with cancer cachexia: a study of preferences, motivation and outcomes of importance in patients with advanced cancer.

2010/12 Research Funding Scheme (RFS) Health Research Award (Welsh Assembly Government). £151653, Title: Can community supported exercise benefit subjective wellbeing, physical activity levels and abilities in people with Huntington’s disease?

External Links

I work with a number of Conservatoires in the UK and Internationally as part of a health musicians initiative.

Cardiff University as part of a Tenovous grant (RECC) to look at patients and carers’ physical activity and exercise behaviours and barriers.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy from 2007

British Psychological Society – Chartered member from 2008

British Psychological Society Member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).

I have been the external examiner at North Lincoln College and associated college for the HND programme in Sport Development and Foundation Degree Sport Development and Coaching.
Associate Editor of Performance Sciences, which is a specialty of Frontiers in Psychology.

Reviewer for:
Journal of Sport Sciences
Psychology of Music
Music Performance Research
Leisure Studies
Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

Sporting / Coaching Profile

I have previously played a wide range of sport, but specifically hockey in which I played and coached in various clubs over a 15 year career. I managed a team aas part of an administrative role in the South East of England