Staff profile

Dr Shuge Zhang

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Shuge Zhang in a suit


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Human Sciences Research Centre (HSRC). I have a PhD in Personality and Performance Psychology (Bangor University, 2015-2019) and worked as a consultant (2011-2014) and research associate (2014-2015) in Hong Kong prior to my PhD. My research employs multiple methods (e.g., longitudinal, cross-sectional, experimental, cross-country) to investigate the Person x Environment Interaction in a) performance enhancement and training, b) psychology of doping, c) physical activity and wellbeing, with a particular focus on narcissism and compassion. I am a Young Investigator Winner of the European College of Sport Science and invited reviewer for leading peer-review journals such as Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology, European Journal of Sport Science, Personality & Individual Differences, etc. My work has been supported by the Knowledge Exchange for Innovation scheme.

Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

My primary research interests are around personality and individual differences (especially narcissism and compassion) in domains including:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

International experience

I grew up in Mainland China, was a cast member of the Walt Disney World (Florida, USA) in an international internship programme (2010). I studied my undergraduate in Hong Kong (2007-2011) and worked there (2011-15) before coming to the UK.

Recent publications