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Peter Lovatt, Ph.D.

Peter Lovatt, Ph.D.

Dance Psychologist

Peter Lovatt is a dance psychologist. He holds the academic post of reader and principal lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. Before moving to the University of Hertfordshire, Dr. Lovatt was a senior lecturer at Kingston University from 2001-2004; principal research scientist at Vox Generation from 2000-2001; senior research fellow at Cambridge University from 1998-2000; and a lecturer in Psychology at Greenwich University from 1996-1998. Dr. Lovatt earned his Ph.D. from the University of Essex in 1998; a master’s degree in Neural Computation from University of Stirling in 1994; and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology and English from the University of Surrey (Roehampton Institute) in 1993.

Before studying the psychology of dance, Dr. Lovatt was a professional dancer. He trained in dance and musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and worked as a dancer in musical theatre. He combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008, and his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, where he become known as “Dr. Dance.”

He has been given many keynote talks around the world, including five TEDx talks. As a TV Dance Psychologist, he’s appeared on many popular shows, including “Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two;” “The Alan Titchmarsh Show;” “Big Brother's Bit on the Side;” and “The Graham Norton Show.”