Dr Kjell van Paridon

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Sport and exercise sciences

Kjell completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Human Movement Sciences (specialism: human movement systems) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2006, Kjell moved to ARU to contribute to the delivery of sport and exercise psychology modules in the Sport and Exercise Science programme.

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Whilst at ARU, Kjell has completed his PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and PhD on the relationship between stress, visual attention, and performance execution. He makes use of problem-based learning and teaching strategies implemented through team-based learning.

Kjell is a member of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES).

Research interests

Kjell’s research interests relate to how visual search behaviour is used to make decisions and execute human movement and what situational factors influence this process. He examines this in cycling and sports such as football.

Areas of research supervision
Current PhD supervision

Kirsten Height (2021). Self-Control and endurance performance.

Will Cubbin (2020, PT). Effect of driver knowledge of cycling practice on emotional and behavioural response to encounters with cyclists on the road.

Chris Maskell (2019, PT). Training Visual Attention and Decision-making Processes in Football Players.

Tanja Ecken (2015, PT). The effectiveness of EMDR in professional academy footballers.

Lee Waters (2018, PT). Decision Making in Football referees.

  • Psychological Profiling in Sport
  • Perceptual Motor Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • Sport Psychology for the Football Coach
  • PhD in Sport Science. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
  • Postgraduate Certificate in HE (PGCE), Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc Human Movement Sciences (1st), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • BSc Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Memberships, editorial boards
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Essex County Council. Evaluation of Bikeability Training. June 2020, H. Keyes, M. Timmis, KN. van Paridon. Amount Awarded £7,500.

Chartered institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) foundation. Hazard Perception in Young Cyclists. September 2018. M Timmis, KN van Paridon, Amount Awarded £3,790.

Chartered institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) foundation. Keep your eye on the road: visual attention in young cyclists. September 2016. M Timmis, KN van Paridon, Amount Awarded £7,880.

EEDA innovation consultancy grant. Real Wheel Cycling Academy. June 2011. KN van Paridon, A. Ludlow. Amount awarded: £3,000.

Selected recent publications

Van Paridon, K. N., Leivers, H., Robertson, P., Timmis, M. A., 2019. Visual search behaviour in young cyclists: a naturalistic experiment. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, 6, pp. 217–229.

Timmis, M. A., Piras, A., Van Paridon, K. N., 2018. Keep Your Eye on the Ball; the Impact of an Anticipatory Fixation During Successful and Unsuccessful Soccer Penalty Kicks. Front. Psychol., 9:2058. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02058

Van Paridon, K. N., Timmis, M. A., Nevison, C. M., 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, M. A., Bijl, H., Turner, K., Basevitch, I., Taylor, M., Van Paridon, K. N., 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.

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

Timmis, M. A., Turner, K., van Paridon, K. N., 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

Recent presentations and conferences


Media experience

Kjell is regularly asked for BBC radio Cambridgeshire to discuss pressure to perform and how this affects football performance.