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I am a Lecturer in Skill Acquisition in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. I am a member of the Individual Occupational and Organisational Performance research theme within the school and I am also a member of the Centre for Interaction, Development and Diversity. I have recently completed my PhD where I investigated the influence of deceptive actions on an opponent’s anticipation in fast-ball sports. I have a range of applied experience, having worked collaboratively with professional sports teams and athletes in sports including football and basketball.


I joined the University of Portsmouth as a Lecturer in Skill Acquisition in 2023. Prior to joining the University, I completed my undergraduate in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth (2014-2017), my Masters in Research in Sport Science at the University of Portsmouth (2017-2018), my Masters in Social Research Methods at the University of Southampton (2018-2019), before finally completing my PhD at the University of Portsmouth (2019-2023) funded by the South Coast Doctoral Training partnership (SCDTP), a subsidiary of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). I worked as a Part-time Lecturer in Skill Acquisition at the University of Portsmouth (2019). I undertook a Postdoctoral Researcher position at the University of Exeter (2023).

Research Interests

My research interests are centred around understanding skilled perception and action, primarily in sport settings as well as in natural-everyday environments using a blend of quantitative and qualitative research methods. I am particularly interested in investigating the skilled visual control of action in sport settings with the use of eye tracking methodologies. My research is focussed on enhancing understanding how skilled players navigate and control interactions with an opponent, such as through the use of deception to trick an opponent. I am also interested more broadly in studying anticipation and decision-making skill during fast-ball sports with a focus on improving how we study and investigate these skills. My research interests also include the development of perception and action skills across the lifespan, from youth development to changes with ageing. I primarily explore these research areas using contemporary ecological perspectives to human perception and action.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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