Dr. Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.


Zöe has worked with many Olympic and professional athletes to help them improve their performance by improving their perceptual capabilities. The athletes she works with have gone on to win Olympic medals, World and European championships, as well as set many personal best achievements.
Since completing her PhD, Zöe has continued to carry out research as well as presenting at many conferences and coach education workshops.

Current Activity

As a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Zöe is course leader for our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology , BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Health Science and BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation courses. She is a sports vision coach currently consulting with elite athletes from a range of sports including football, rugby, golf and motor racing. Zöe is also an active researcher with ongoing projects in the areas of eye tracking in sport, concussion management, and improving performance by training the visual system.

Areas of Interest

When teaching, Zöe enjoys the cognitive and biological aspects of psychology, particularly when applied in a sporting context. For her own research she is interested in vision in elite athletes, using eye tracking to enhance information uptake, prevention and management of concussion through cognitive and visual measures, and cognitive factors related to elite sports performance.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Surrey)
  • MSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology (Loughborough University)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Surrey)
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • PGCert Higher Education (Solent University).


  • British Psychological Society
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Higher Education Academy.


Zöe’s main research interests include:

  • British Psychological Society
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Higher Education Academy.


Mosley, E., Wimshurst, Z .L., & Kavanagh, E. (2022). Integrated Sport Psychology Support: A Case Study in Motor Sport. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 6(1),70-77

Wimshurst, Z. L., Sowden, P. T. & Cardinale, M. (2018) The effectiveness of different visual skills training programmes on elite cricket players. European Journal of Sports and Exercise Science; 6(3) 75-102.

Minns, D., Mosley, E., Laborde, S., & Wimshurst, Z. L. (2018). The contribution of cardiac vagal activity on peripheral perception under pressure. In Progress in brain research (Vol. 240, pp. 93-107). Elsevier.

Wimshurst, Z. L. Sowden, P. T. and Wright, M. 2016. Expert–Novice Differences in Brain Function of Field Hockey Players. Neuroscience, 315, 31-44.

Wimshurst, Z. L. Sowden, P. T. and Cardinale, M. 2012. Visual skills and playing positions of Olympic field hockey players. Perceptual Motor Skills. 114(1), 204-16.

Wimshurst, Z. L. June 2014. Time to focus – eyes overlooked in World Cup build up. The Conversation.

Wimshurst, Z. L. June 2014. Suarez’s killer instincts on the pitch are in his visual skills too. The Conversation.

Wimshurst, Z. L. July 2014. When it comes to penalties, the eyes are the window to the goal. The Conversation.