Kjell van Paridon

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences

Kjell has been part of the Sport and Exercise Sciences team since 2007. He teaches on Sport and Exercise Psychology related modules in Sport and Exercise Sciences and is admissions tutor for the various degrees. His research centres around the influence of psychological stress on visual attention, motor skill execution and performance.

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Kjell is module leader for various Sport Psychology modules, such as Perceptual Motor Skills and Psychological profiling, within the programme. Kjell gained his BSc and MSc in Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His interdisciplinary background allowed him to develop a research profile that combines psychological, motor control, visual attention and biomechanical factors that influence human sport performance. 

Kjell is admissions tutor for the sport and exercise sciences and is completing his PhD in which he examines the effects of bio-psychological stress and anxiety on visual search behaviour and performance execution.

Research interests

  • Visual search strategies in sport as a function of anxiety and task demands
  • The impact of anxiety and bio-psychological stress on sports performance
  • Interdisciplinary projects linking sport psychology, exercise physiology and biomechanics

Areas of research supervision

  • The effect of anxiety and bio-psychological stress on sport performance
  • Visual search strategies in sport as a function of expertise and task demands.



  • BSc Human Movement Science, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • MSc Human Movement Science, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching (HE), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • Associate Member, European College of Sport Science

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Consultant sports psychologist for Living Sport

Selected recent publications

Timmis MA, Turner K, van Paridon KN., 2014. Visual Search Strategies of Soccer Players Executing a Power vs. Placement Penalty Kick. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115179. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115179

Hayes, P., van Paridon. K.N., French, D. N., Thomas, K., Gordon, D. A., 2009. Validation of the physiological demands during a simulated round of golf. International Journal of Physiology and Performance. 4(4), pp.506-516.

Hayes, P., van Paridon, K.N., Thomas, K., Gordon., D.A., 2008. Physiological demands of golf: Development of a laboratory simulated round. In: Crews, D., Lutz, R. Science and Golf V. Ironwood, USA. pp.133-139.

Van Paridon, K.N., 2007. Review of BASES workshop? Introduction to Counselling Skills? by Dr Katz, Dr Hemmings. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 12, pp.10.

Recent presentations and conferences

Van Paridon, K.N., Basevitch, I., Bristow, M., Campbell, C., 2015. A Multi-Disciplinary Examination of Football Development and Performance: A psychophysiological perspective. World Congress on Science and Football, Copenhagen, Denmark (Oral presentation) ISBN: 978 87 9177 159

Van Paridon KN, Turner K, Nevison C, Bristow M, Timmis MA., 2014. Anxiety gaze behaviour and performance execution: golf putting with threat related distractors. European College of Sport and Exercise Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Timmis MA, Turner K, Van-Paridon KN 2014. Visual search strategies of soccer players executing a power vs. placement penalty kick. European College of Sport and Exercise Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hayes P, van Paridon K.N., French D.N., Thomas, K., Gordon, D.A., 2008. Modelling the physiological demands of golf. World Scientific Congress of Golf, Phoenix, Arizona, USA