Very short biography

Peter is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Before starting on an academic career Peter was a professional dancer.

A bio that's a bit longer

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 Peter was a senior lecturer at Kingston University (2001-2004), a Principal Research Scientist at Vox Generation (2000-2001), Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University (1998-2000) and a Lecturer in Psychology at Greenwich University (1996-1998). Peter has a PhD from the University of Essex (awarded 1998), an MSc in Neural Computation from University of Stirling (awarded 1994) and a BSc (hons) in Psychology and English from the University of Surrey (Roehampton Institute) (awarded 1993).


Before studying the psychology of dance Peter 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. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and since then his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, where he become known as Doctor Dance. He has been invited to give many keynote talks around the world, he has given 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.

Something longer?

For something longer you'll need to read the Epilogue in Peter's book, Dance Psychology, where he describes his journey from Dancer to Dance Psychologist (and also discusses his reading difficulties)  click here