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Dr Shakiba Moghadam
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFHEA


Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

Shakiba Moghadam, Lecturer


Dr Shakiba Moghadam is a chartered psychologist who joined Solent in October 2022 as a lecturer in psychology, with a specific focus on community psychology, as well as sport and exercise psychology.

Shakiba graduated with a first-class honours degree in BSc Psychology from the University of Portsmouth and was accepted on a scholarship to study MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. After graduating from her MSc, Shakiba started working as a part-time lecturer within the departments of Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Science. Shakiba was also a research assistant and worked on various psychological research projects.

In 2017 Shakiba was accepted onto a PhD programme, focusing on the mental health literacy of semi-elite rugby players who identify as women. Alongside her studies, Shakiba also worked as a research associate in the University of Portsmouth’s Cybercrime Awareness Clinic on a European project which explored offline and online radicalisation prevention and upholding security, as well as a National Cyber Security Centre funded project. Shakiba was awarded her PhD in May 2023.

Shakiba’s research predominantly focuses on mental health literacy and athlete mental health, experiences of women athletes in male dominated sports, human rights violations in sports, and the experiences of marginalised communities such as refugees and asylum seekers. She is one of four leads on the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science’s SEPAR equality, diversity, and inclusivity workshops where much of her work focuses on providing training on cultural competence in practice for upcoming sport and exercise psychologists. 

Shakiba is also the Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Human Rights Advisory Group. Additionally, she is a panel member for the Universities of Sanctuary and an appointed trustee for three non-profit organisations that support refugee and asylum seeker communities.

Further information

Shakiba has worked extensively with various non-profit organisations (NGOs) who work directly with marginalised communities such as refugees and asylum seekers. As a trustee of three NGOs Shakiba has been involved in evaluating policies, advising on policy recommendations, as well as supporting the planning of workshops and focus groups aimed at better understanding the needs and experiences of marginalised communities.

As part of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) SEPAR programme, Shakiba and three colleagues lead the equality, diversity, and inclusivity workshops for trainee sport and exercise psychologists. As part of the training workshops, Shakiba leads on the cultural competence training in sports as well as a holistic approach to sport psychology intervention.

Shakiba is currently one of two chairs of the British Psychological Society’s Human Rights Advisory Board, where much of her role focuses on steering group discussions, monitoring progression as well as reviewing and revising guidelines related to human rights.

Shakiba has delivered consultations to GB Boxing coaches regarding the psychological wellbeing of women boxers, as well as presented at several community events about her research on women’s participation in male dominated sports. Additionally, Shakiba has been invited and interviewed about her expert advice by national and international news agencies on issues relating to human rights in sports.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Psychology is about the study of mind, behaviour, experience and relationships. Become a Chartered Psychologist with our BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Explore the fascinating behaviours of individuals, as well as the cultural and political issues that shape collective experiences, on this BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

Understanding performance and wellbeing is essential for helping athletes to cope with pressure and regulate their emotions. Prepare for your future in sport psychology on this BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health

Combine your skills in psychology and counselling to influence behaviour change and recovery on our BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Criminal Investigation with Psychology

Understanding the motives behind criminal behaviour is key in investigating crime to explain criminality and to deliver justice.