Staff profile

Dr David Giles



Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a research fellow in the College of Health and Social Care's Research Centre. I work on the design, delivery and evaluation of research activities that meet the centre’s aims of optimising individual health and wellbeing, promoting healthy communities and building and developing an effective health and social care workforce.

My research background is in exercise physiology, psychology and psychophysiology, more specifically the investigation of the physiological, psychological and biochemical responses to performance rock climbing. I completed my PhD at the University of Derby in September 2017, which was titled The Psychophysiological and Emotional Antecedents of Climbing Performance.

Teaching responsibilities

Prior to my current role in the research centre, I taught on a number of exercise physiology and research methods modules.

Occasionally I deliver guest lectures to undergraduate outdoor and adventure sports students.

Membership of professional bodies


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Recent conferences

I have recently presented a keynote on the assessment of critical force in rock climbers at the International Mountain and Outdoor Sport Conference, in Prague.

Additional interests and activities

I'm a keen climber, much of my spare time is spent climbing or training for climbing.

Most of my published research is about climbing performance. I am part of the C-HIPPER climbing research group, a collaboration between researchers and coaches in the UK and Spain.

Recent publications

For my most recent research, take a look at my ResearchGate profile.