Professor David Lavallee

Professor of Duty of Care in Sport

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8154


Academic Profile:

I joined Abertay University in August 2017 as Professor in the School of Applied Sciences. I am an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand,  Adjunct Professor and Member of the eSport Science Research Lab at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Guest Professor in the Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio University, Japan. I am also a Principal Fellow of Advance HE.

I have a PhD from the University of Western Australia, a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

I contribute to, and support the leadership of, Abertay University through my role as a member of Senate, University Research Executive, Research Degree Assessment Board, School of Applied Sciences Operational Management Group, Employability Working Group, AbLE Academy, Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team and Aurora Leadership Mentoring Programme.

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My research in sport and exercise psychology aims to advance knowledge on how sport impacts human development and how human development impacts sport. In this work I have focused on a range of topics, including: equality, diversity and inclusion; safety in sport; human rights; sustainability; and sport during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Contributions to the fight against COVID-19

SPORT vs COVID Project

SPORT vs COVID helps promote recovery among people across the globe at risk of suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic [Email:]

Research Articles

The COVID-19 pandemic and Olympic/Paralympic athletes

The impact of the closure and reopening of golf courses in the United Kingdom on wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Investigating coaching behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic


Lavallee, D. et al. (2021). SPORT vs COVID: A project where sports people help promote recovery among people negatively impacted by COVID-19. Journal of Loss and Trauma.


Golf-related engagement during COVID-19 quarantine restrictions (4-12th May 2020)

The impact of the closure and reopening of golf courses in the United Kingdom on wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

House of Lords Select Committee

Inquiry: A National Plan for Sport and Recreation

Research Communication

Universities Scotland: Abertay launches sport welfare resource amid COVID-19

University Business: What Universities are doing to ensure their sports facilities are fit for purpose during Covid-19

Clearing 2020: Higher Education and Covid-19

Times Higher Education HE and ME Interview, December 2017



- Sports IntegriTay is a free set of resources created by students, with support from Bell Street Ventures, for sports organisations

- Sports Forensic is project delivered in collaboration with INTERPOL, Police Scotland and KPMG that aims to help protect the positive impact of sport. [Email:]


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Meet the rest of the team

Dr Scott Hardie

Dr Scott Hardie

Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences | Head of Division

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Dr Graeme Sorbie

Dr Graeme Sorbie

Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences | Lecturer

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