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 is also Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, and REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator. 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, 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

Publications and research outputs

Some indicative publications are listed below. Please see CreATe database ('CR' icon above) for full list.

Mann, S., Jimenez, A., Domone, & Beedie, C. (2016). Comparative effects of three 48-week community-based physical activity and exercise interventions on aerobic capacity, total cholesterol and mean arterial blood pressures. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine.

Beedie, C. J., Mann, S., Jimenez, A., Lane, A. M., Kennedy, L., Domone, S., Wilson, S and Whyte, G. (2016). Death by effectiveness: Exercise as medicine caught in the efficacy trap. British Journal of Sports Medicine. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-094389.

Beedie, C. J., Foad, A. J., & Hurst, P. (2015). Capitalising on the placebo effects of treatments. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 14(4):284-7. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000172

Beedie C. J., Mann S, Jimenez A. (2014). Community fitness center-based physical activity interventions: a brief review. Current Sports Medicine Reports; 13(4):267-74.

Mann, S., Beedie, C. J., & Jimenez, A. (2014). Differential effects on cholesterol and lipid profile of physical activity, aerobic exercise, resistance training and combined exercise modalities: A review and synthesis. Sports Medicine.

Mann, S., Beedie, C. J., Balducci, S., Zanuso, Allgrove, J., Bertiato, F., Jimenez, A. (2014). Insulin sensitivity in response to different modes of physical activity: A review of the evidence. Diabetes and Metabolism Research and Review.

Beedie, C. J., Lane, A. M., & Wilson, M. (2012). A possible role for emotion and emotion regulation in physiological responses to false performance feedback in 10 mile laboratory cycling. Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback. 37(4):269-77. doi: 10.1007/s10484-012-9200-7.

Beedie, C. J., & Lane, A. M. (2012). The role of glucose in self-control: Another look at the evidence and an alternative conceptualization Personality and Social Psychology Review. 16(2):143-53. doi: 10.1177/1088868311419817.


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