dr. Fleur van Rens
PhD, MSc., MSc., BSc.

Lecturer in Sports Psychology

About me

I am a lecturer in Sports Psychology within the School of Psychology and Exercise Science.  I received a BSc. in Social and Organisational Psychology from Utrecht University, a MSc. in Social Psychology from Tilburg University, a MSc. in Sport and Exercise psychology from Bangor University, and I completed a PhD at Victoria University about the dual careers of junior elite athletes. Prior to Murdoch, I worked as a researcher at the Mulier Institute, and at Guide Dogs for the Blind. I have worked as a tutor in sport and exercise psychology at Australian Catholic University (Melbourne), and Victoria University (Melbourne).

Teaching area

Primarily, I teach sport and exercise psychology units at Murdoch University, such as: EXS201 Sport and Exercise Psychology, and EXS301 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology. I am also involved in several other units concerning psychology, health, and research methods.

Research areas

Broadly speaking, my research offers a holistic perspective on the well-being and performance of professional athletes and circus artists. Within this, my main areas of expertise are well-being in athletes’ dual careers, and the effect of athletic retirement on well-being. I have experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods (including questionnaire development) in Australia, the Netherlands, England, and Wales.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Doctoral student supervisions:

2017 (In progress): co-supervisor of Khaya Morris-Binelli. Principal supervisor: dr. Sean Muller.

Honours student supervisions:

2017 (Completed): principal supervisor of Rebecca Ashley (Psychology). Co-supervisor: dr. Andrea Steele.


International peer-reviewed publications:

Other relevant publications:

Conference proceedings and abstracts:

  • Van Rens, F., & Filho, E. From Olympic rings to the circus ring: gymnasts’ transition experiences into circus. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences(BASES)/European Federation of Sport Psychology(FEPSAC) joint conference, Nottingham, UK, 2017. 
  • Van Rens, F., Borkoles, E., Polman, R., Farrow, D. Role strain and life satisfaction in the dual careers of junior elite athletes. British Psychological Society Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference, Leeds, UK, 2015. 
  • Van Rens, F., Borkoles, E., Farrow, D., Polman, R. Role strain, coping and time management: the effects on stress and school performance of talented adolescent athletes. Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children/Australian Association for the Education of Gifted and Talented/International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence International Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2015. 
  • Van Rens, F., Borkoles, E., Farrow, D., Polman, R. Role strain experienced by talented adolescent athletes: the balancing act between secondary school, sport and a social life. International Conference of Applied Psychology, Paris, France, 2014. 
  • Van Rens, F., Elling, A., Reijgersberg, N. The effectiveness of Topsport Talent Schools in the Netherlands: A retrospective analysis of performance in sport and education. World Conference of Performance Analysis in Sport, Worcester, UK, 2012.