Dr Matthew Timmis

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences

Matthew is responsible for teaching, learning and assessment in our School. He is also involved with marketing and recruitment. Matthew teaches across a range of modules in areas including biomechanics and perceptual motor skills.



Matthew gained his bachelors degree in Sports Science and Football Coaching from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). He completed his PhD at the University of Bradford, which investigated the role that vision plays in controlling human movement. Matthew first moved to ARU in 2010, working as a postdoctoral researcher in our Vision and Eye Research Institute. He joined the Sport and Exercise Sciences team in 2011.

In recent years, Matthew has gained his MA in Education, been awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education (SFHEA) and achieved BASES accredited and Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.

Areas of research supervision

  • The role that vision/visual impairment has upon regulating human movement
  • Visual search strategies in sports performers and how these patterns change as a function of task demand and/or experience


BSc (Hons) Sports Science

BSc (Hons) Coaching for Performance in Football

MSc Sports and Exercise Science


  • MA Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD, University of Bradford
  • BSC (Hons) Sports Science and Football Coaching, Liverpool John Moores University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Chartered Scientist

Selected recent publications

Robertson, PJ., Callan, M., Nevison, C., Timmis, MA., 2017. Is visual search strategy different between level of judo coach when acquiring visual information from the preparation phase of judo contests? International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. 0(0): 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/1747954117737275 .

Timmis, MA., Allsop, J., Baranian, M., Baker, J., Basevitch, I., Latham, K., Pardhan, S., and van Paridon, KN., 2017. Visual Search Behavior in Individuals With Retinitis Pigmentosa During Level Walking and Obstacle Crossing. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.;58: DOI:10.1167/iovs.17-21573

van Paridon, KN., Timmis, MA., Nevison, CM., Bristow, M., 2017. The anticipatory stress response to sport competition; a systematic review with meta-analysis of cortisol reactivity. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine;3:e000261. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000261.

Timmis, MA., Bijl, H., Turner, K., Basevitch, I., Taylor, M., van Paridon, KN., 2017.The impact of mobile phone use on where we look and how we walk when negotiating floor based obstacles. PLoS ONE; 12(6): e0179802. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179802

Timmis, M.A., Scarfe A, Pardhan S, 2016. How does the extent of central visual field loss affect adaptive gait? Gait & Posture, 44 (2016), pp55–60.

Latham K, Baranian M, Timmis, M.A., Pardhan S 2015. Emotional Health of People with Visual Impairment Caused by Retinitis Pigmentosa. PLoS ONE 10(12), 0145866. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0145866.

Pardhan S, Latham K, Tabrett, Timmis, M.A., 2015. Objective analysis of performance of activities of daily living in people with central field loss. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56, 7169–7178. DOI:10.1167/ iovs.15-16556.

Latham K, Baranian M, Timmis, M.A., Pardhan S, 2015. Difficulties with goals of the Dutch ICF Activity Inventory: perceptions of those with Retinitis Pigmentosa and of those who support them. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56, 2381–2391. DOI:10.1167/iovs.14-16237.

Timmis, M.A., Turner K, Latham K, 2015. The effect of trial frames on adaptive gait. Gait and Posture, 41; 332-334 DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.10.021.

Timmis, M.A., 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.

Kolarik, A.J., Timmis, M.A., Cirstea, S. and Pardhan, S,, 2014. Sensory substitution information informs locomotor adjustments when walking through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 232, pp975-84.

Timmis, M.A., Scarfe, A.C., Tabrett, D.R. and Pardhan, S. 2014. Kinematic analysis of step ascent among patients with central visual field loss. Gait and Posture, 39, pp.252-257.

Nevison, C. and Timmis, M.A., 2013. The effect of physiotherapy intervention to the pelvic region of experienced riders on seated postural stability and the symmetry of pressure distribution to the saddle: a preliminary study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 8, pp261-264.

Timmis, M.A. and Pardhan, S., 2012. Patients with central visual field loss adopt a cautious gait strategy during tasks which present a high risk of falling. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53(7), pp.4120-9, DOI: 10.1167/iovs.12-9897.

Timmis, M.A. and Pardhan, S., 2012. The effect of central visual impairment on manual prehension when tasked with transporting-to-place an object accurately to a new location. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53 (6), pp.2812-2822, DOI: 10.1167/iovs.11-8860.

Timmis, M.A. and Buckley, J.G., 2012. Obstacle crossing during locomotion: Visual exproprioceptive information is used in an online mode to update foot placement before the obstacle but not swing trajectory over it. Gait and Posture, DOI:10.1016/ j.gaitpost.2012.02.008.

Buckley, J.G., Timmis, M.A., Scally, A. and Elliott, D.B., 2011. When is visual information used to control locomotion when descending a kerb? PLoS One, 6(4), pp.1-8.

Timmis, M.A., Johnson, L., Elliott, D.B. and Buckley, J.G., 2010. Use of single-vision distance spectacles improves landing control during step descent in well-adapted multifocal lens-wearers. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 51(8), pp3903-3908.

Recent presentations and conferences

Timmis MA, Van-Paridon K (2016). Is visual search strategy different between scored and saved penalty kicks from the same soccer player? European College of Sport and Exercise Science, Vienna, Austria.

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

Van-Paridon K, 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.

Scarfe AC, Timmis MA, Pardhan S (2013). Step ascent kinematics in patients with central visual field loss. European Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation, Oxford, UK.

Baranian M, Timmis MA, Latham K, Pardhan S (2013). The Effect of Retinitis Pigmentosa on Activities of Daily Living, British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science, Glasgow, UK.

Scarfe AC, Timmis MA, Tabrett DR, Bourne R, Pardhan S (2013). Obstacle crossing in patients with glaucoma in different lighting conditions. Oral conference presentation at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Seattle, USA.