Dr Paul Ellison

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Research Group and Institute

  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group

Profile

Dr Paul Ellison is a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, England. His main research areas are Skill Acquisition and Visual Perception and Action in Sport, focusing on how information is perceived by the human visual system and how it is employed to support actions in a sporting context.

He is a member of the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Movement Group at Edge Hill. The primary research areas are:

  • Skill Aquisition
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Life Skills Development

Paul is Module Leader for Fundamental Sport and Exercise Psychology and Skill Acquisition in Sport at the University. From an applied perspective he has worked with a range of teams providing Sport Science support, notably within English Premiership Football; Women’s International U-19 Football; English Division 2 Football; GB Equestrian Development Team; GB Taekwondo Team; Engage Super League (Rugby League); Maccabi GB Futsal Team; and Skill Acquisition support for a local table tennis club.

Paul is a member of the following committees at EHU:

Departmental member of the Research Committee

Departmental member of the Ethics Committee

Sport and Exercise Science member on the Student Attainment and Academic Performance Committee

Research

Paul’s main research areas are Skill Acquisition and Visual Perception and Action in Sport, focusing on how information is perceived by the human visual system and how it is employed to support actions in a sporting context. Currently he is an integral member of a research team investigating two interrelated themes:

  • Variables influencing effective movement execution (e.g., attentional focus, visual information processing, eye-hand coordination, feedback, competitive environments, imagery)
  • The psychological benefits of sport and exercise participation (e.g., life skill development, cognition, memory and mental health).

External Engagement

Paul’s external engagement activities include:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2010 -)
  • Essential skills and Aquisition Network (special interest group of the BPS) (2013 -)
  • European College of Sport Science (2018 -)
  • British Psychological Society: Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2010 – 2016)
  • Vitae Member (2010 – 2015)

Selected Publications