Staff Profile


Professor Chris Beedie

Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921873

Profile summary

Chris is Professor in Applied Sport & Exercise Science. He has a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Neuroscience, and a PhD in Psychology. His published and applied work span all three areas, with a strong emphasis on the translation of basic science to real-world settings. He has an extensive background in the application of the sciences in the public, privatre and third sectors, having 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 (2012-2018). 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 human performance, specifically the placebo effect and emotional responses. 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 here at CCCU. 

Teaching and subject expertise

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

Publications and research outputs

Some indicative publications are listed below.

Beedie, C. & Lindheimer, J. (Forthcoming). Neurobiological mechanisms of placebo effects in exercise and mental health. Frontiers in Psychiatry. IF 3.5

Beedie, C., Benedetti, F, Camerone, E., Barbiani, D., & Roelands, B (Forthcoming). Moving beyond description: Towards a better understanding of physiological and neurobiological mechanisms of placebo effects in fatigue. European Journal of Sports Sciences: special edition on placebo effects in sport & exercise IF 2.6

Hurst, P., Beedie, C. et al. (Forthcoming). Placebo effects on Sports Performance: A Systematic Review. European Journal of Sports Sciences: special edition on placebo effects in sport & exercise   IF 2.6

Lindheimer, J., Szabo, A., Raglin, J., & Beedie, C. (Forthcoming). Methods for studying placebo and placebo-related effects in psychological outcomes of exercise. European Journal of Sports Sciences: special edition on placebo effects in sport & exercise IF 2.6

Beedie. C., Benedetti, et al. (2018). Consensus statement on placebo effects in sports and exercise: The need for conceptual clarity, methodological rigour, and the elucidation of neurobiological mechanisms. European Journal of Sports Sciences. IF 2.6

Harvey, S & Beedie, C (2017). Studying placebo effects in model organisms will help us understand them in humans. Biology Letters. IF 3.1

Beedie, C. J., Whyte, G. P., et al. (2017). “Caution, this treatment is a placebo. It might work, but it might not”: Why emerging mechanistic evidence for placebo effects does not legitimize the use of complementary and alternative medicines in sport. British Journal of Sports Medicine.IF 6.724

Hurst, P., Foad, A. J., Coleman, D., & Beedie, C. J. (2017). Intention to use sport supplements predicts placebo responding among athletes. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. IF 4.45

Beedie, C. J., Foad, A. J., & Hurst, P. (2015). Capitalising on the placebo component of treatments. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 14(4):284-7. IF 1.336


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