Staff profile

Shuge Zhang

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology and a member of the Human Sciences Research Centre (HSRC). My research interests centre on personality (especially narcissism and the Big-5) in performance and health, with a specific focus on understanding individual differences and investigating strategies for achieving optimal states in these contexts. Much of my work is collaborative, involving institutions from high performance and health domains. I was a Young Investigator Award (YIA) winner in the 2015 Congress of European College of Sport Science and a contributing author of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and professional members of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the European College of Sport Science, and the European Federation of Sport Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead the Principles of Sport & Exercise Psychology (Year 1) and the Sport & Exercise Psychology (Year 2). I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Research interests

My research interests are mainly around personality and individual differences in relation to domains including:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

International experience

I was born and grown up in Mainland China. I was a cast member of the Walt Disney World (Florida, US) in an international internship programme (2010). I worked in finance sectors in Hong Kong (2011-14) and a research position at the Hong Kong Baptist University (2014-15) before starting a PhD in the UK.

Recent publications