Dr Matthew Timmis

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Sport & Exercise Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer on our sports and exercise science courses. His research interests lie in the areas of movement control and visual search in sports.

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Matthew gained his bachelors degree in Sports Science and Football Coaching from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 2007. After graduating, he progressed directly into his PhD at the University of Bradford. Matthew's PhD investigated the role that vision plays in controlling human movement. 

Matthew completed his PhD in 2010 and moved to ARU to begin working as a postdoctoral researcher in our Vision & Eye Research Unit (VERU). He's been with the Sport and Exercise Sciences team since 2011.

Areas of research supervision

  • The role that vision/visual impairment has upon regulating human movement
  • Visual search strategies in sports performers and how these patterns change as a function of task demand


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BSc (Hons) Sports Science

MSc Sports and Exercise Science


  • MA Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD, University of Bradford
  • BSC (Hons) Sports Science and Football Coaching, Liverpool John Moores University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Timmis, M.A., Scarfe A, Pardhan S, 2016. How does the extent of central visual field loss affect adaptive gait? Gait & Posture, 44 (2016), pp55–60.

Latham K, Baranian M, Timmis, M.A., Pardhan S 2015. Emotional Health of People with Visual Impairment Caused by Retinitis Pigmentosa. PLoS ONE 10(12), 0145866. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0145866.

Pardhan S, Latham K, Tabrett, Timmis, M.A., 2015. Objective analysis of performance of activities of daily living in people with central field loss. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56, 7169–7178. DOI:10.1167/ iovs.15-16556.

Latham K, Baranian M, Timmis, M.A., Pardhan S, 2015. Difficulties with goals of the Dutch ICF Activity Inventory: perceptions of those with Retinitis Pigmentosa and of those who support them. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56, 2381–2391. DOI:10.1167/iovs.14-16237.

Timmis, M.A., Turner K, Latham K, 2015. The effect of trial frames on adaptive gait. Gait and Posture, 41; 332-334 DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.10.021.

Timmis, M.A., Turner K, van Paridon KN 2014, Visual Search Strategies of Soccer Players Executing a Power vs. Placement Penalty Kick. PLoS ONE 9(12), e115179. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115179.

Kolarik, A.J., Timmis, M.A., Cirstea, S. and Pardhan, S,, 2014. Sensory substitution information informs locomotor adjustments when walking through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 232, pp975-84.

Timmis, M.A., Scarfe, A.C., Tabrett, D.R. and Pardhan, S. 2014. Kinematic analysis of step ascent among patients with central visual field loss. Gait and Posture, 39, pp.252-257.

Nevison, C. and Timmis, M.A., 2013. The effect of physiotherapy intervention to the pelvic region of experienced riders on seated postural stability and the symmetry of pressure distribution to the saddle: a preliminary study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 8, pp261-264.

Timmis, M.A. and Pardhan, S., 2012. Patients with central visual field loss adopt a cautious gait strategy during tasks which present a high risk of falling. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53(7), pp.4120-9, DOI: 10.1167/iovs.12-9897.

Timmis, M.A. and Pardhan, S., 2012. The effect of central visual impairment on manual prehension when tasked with transporting-to-place an object accurately to a new location. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53 (6), pp.2812-2822, DOI: 10.1167/iovs.11-8860.

Timmis, M.A. and Buckley, J.G., 2012. Obstacle crossing during locomotion: Visual exproprioceptive information is used in an online mode to update foot placement before the obstacle but not swing trajectory over it. Gait and Posture, DOI:10.1016/ j.gaitpost.2012.02.008.

Buckley, J.G., Timmis, M.A., Scally, A. and Elliott, D.B., 2011. When is visual information used to control locomotion when descending a kerb? PLoS One, 6(4), pp.1-8.

Timmis, M.A., Johnson, L., Elliott, D.B. and Buckley, J.G., 2010. Use of single-vision distance spectacles improves landing control during step descent in well-adapted multifocal lens-wearers. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 51(8), pp3903-3908.