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Ollie joined King’s College London in January 2020 to develop modules in performance psychology and expertise for the BSc Psychology and BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences courses. His academic interests focus on applying cognitive and vision science to enhance understanding of learning and performance in a variety of domains (e.g. sport, military, dance, education, and lifeguarding). Ollie currently works with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) to conduct research on sport-specific classification in football for athletes with vision impairment. 

 Prior to joining King’s Ollie worked as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Programme Co-ordinator at The University of Chichester and as an Evening Lecturer in ‘The Brain: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience’ at Imperial College London. He has received a first-class BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Swansea University, MSc in Human Movement Science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, PGCHE from St Mary’s University, and PhD from Liverpool Hope University where he studied perceptual-motor skills based with St Mary’s University’s Expertise and Skill Acquisition Research Group.  

Ollie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network’s conference committee. 

Research Interests 

Ollie currently supervises PhD students working on: 

  • The interaction between physical and cognitive performance in the military.  
  • Motivation and cognitive load in learning complex motor skills. 
  • Definition, measurement, and training of efficient movement in dance. 

Other primary research interests and areas for supervision include: 

  • Vision in sport. 
  • Cognitive training and performance. 
  • Paralympic classification. 


Ollie leads modules on ‘Psychology of Human Performance and Expertise’ and ‘Applied Performance Psychology’ available to both BSc Psychology students and BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences students.  

Expertise and Public Engagement

As well as featuring in numerous print outlets, Ollie has communicated his research on gaze behaviour in cricket batting through media outlets such as BBC Breakfast, BBC iWonder and BBC Test Match Special.