Chris Beedie


Chris Beedie, Professor at the Canterbury Christ Church University in Applied Sport & Exercise Science. He is also Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator.  Chris’s published and applied work spans psychology and physiology, with a strong emphasis on the translation of basic science to real-world settings. In this context he has an extensive background in the application of the sport and exercise sciences and over and above his background in the university sector has held senior posts in industry, for example as Product Director at Virgin Active from 2008-2010, and in the third sector for example as Principle Investigator at the ukactive Research Institute (a post that he still retains). Chris is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a registered External Expert with the English Institute of Sport.

Chris’s main areas of research are psychophysiological determinants of sports performance, specifically the placebo effect, emotion and emotion regulation, and the health outcomes associated with real world (as opposed to lab-based) physical activity. He has published over 60 peer reviewed scientific articles, an equal number of conference papers, and numerous book chapters across many disciplines including sports medicine, clinical medicine, public health, nutrition, performance psychology, and social and cognitive psychology. He has also led projects for, amongst others, Public Health England, Sport England and the NHS. His work has been used by a broad range of stakeholders, ranging from Olympic sports organisations to public health policymakers.

Chris is currently working on a number of research projects ranging from the psychophysiology of group movement with the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford and the potential anti-doping effects of placebo based interventions with the Performance and Wellbeing Research Group at CCCU.

Teaching and subject expertise

Chris teaches Research Methods, Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, and his main research area, placebo effects in sport (see a lecture here Placebo effects in sport: what we currently know)