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Dr Kyle Paradis MED, MHK

Regional Lead

Dr. Kyle Paradis completed his training as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist in Canada and is Play Aid's Regional Lead for Ireland.

Play Aid utilises Dr Paradis' expertise as an internationally renowned expert on the influence of social processes on mental health and highly experienced educator, to lead our training efforts in Ireland.

Dr Kyle Paradis
Dr paradis

About Dr Kyle Paradis

Kyle Paradis, PhD, MED, MHK joined Play Aid in 2024 and is a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at the University of Ulster. Kyle achieved his doctorate under the supervision of Albert Carron at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interests include group dynamics and the social processes in sport groups and its influences on mental health outcomes.

Dr Paradis is an internationally recognised researcher in the area of youth mental health, where he has published over 50 research outputs. Kyle is also a Certified High-Performance Curling Coach and an international curling athlete. He has represented Ireland at the European Championships.

dr Paradis' publications

Publication List

  1. McIllmoyle, A. M., Sharp, L. M., Woods, D. W., & Paradis, K. F. (Revise & Resubmit). Supporting My daughter, the best way I can”: Parental Support in Youth Golf. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

  2. Cooke, M., Paradis, K. F., Sharp, L. S., Woods, D. W., & Sarkar, M. (Revise & Resubmit). Psychological safety: A qualitative study on coach and athlete perceptions. International Sports Coaching Journal.

  3. McDevitt, B., & Paradis, K. F. (Revise & Resubmit). Analysing the impact of embedding physical activity as a mental wellbeing strategy in the higher education curriculum. All Ireland Journal of Higher Education.

  4. Browne, J., Paradis, K. F., & Kirby, K. (under review). Assessing the organisational stressors and mental health of Team Ireland pre and post Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Sport Psychologist.

  5. Goodman, J., Ferguson, K., & Paradis, K. F. (2024). Corner Kick Characteristics: A Case Study of the 2020/21 Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) Premiership Season. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. doi: 10.1080/24748668.2024.2316334

  6. McKay, M. T., Donnelly, P., Paradis, K. F., Horgan, P., Brennan, C. J., Cole, J. C., & Worrell, F. (2023). Time to look at self-rated health: Do time attitudes scores explain variance in self-rated health beyond health indicators? Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2023.112454

  7. Knowles, C., Paradis, K. F., Breslin, G., Shannon, S., & Carlin, A. (2023). Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence and Future Depressive Symptoms: An 11-Year Prospective Cohort Study. European Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckad12

  8. Topping, R., Paradis, K. F., & Ferguson, K. (2023). Assessing the Irish Football Association’s “Ahead of the Game” coach education training programme on raising mental health literacy in youth football coaches. International Sports Coaching Journal. doi: 10.1123/iscj.2022-0090

  9. Cooke, M., Allen, J., & Paradis, K. F. (2023). Understanding the developmental experiences of high-performance coaches in Northern Ireland: A collective case study from an ecological perspective. Sports Coaching Review. doi: 10.1080/21640629.2023.2203029

  10. McGonigle, P., Paradis, K. F., & Hancock, D. J. (2023). A longitudinal examination of relative age effects in youth soccer and youth Gaelic football over a five-year period. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise.

  11. Burke, S., Sharp, L. A., Woods, D., & Paradis, K. F. (2023). The Development and Validation of the Youth Sport Parental Support - Questionnaire (YSPS-Q). International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2023.2255605

  12. Burke, S., Sharp, L.A., Woods, D., & Paradis, K. F. (2023). Advancing a grounded theory of parental support in competitive girls’ golf. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 66, 102400. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2023.102400

  13. Burke, S., Sharp, L. A., Woods, D., & Paradis, K. F. (2023). Athletes’ perceptions of unsupportive parental behaviours in competitive female youth golf. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2023.2166155

  14. Donnelly, P., Healy, C., Paradis, K. F., Horgan, P., & McKay, M. (2023). The inter- relatedness of demographic predictors of physical activity, self-rated health, and mental well-being: a three-wave study in secondary school children. Journal of Adolescence, 95(1), 157-169. doi: 10.1002/jad.12106

  15. Hancock, D. J., Paradis, K. F., Martin, L. J., & Evans, M. B. (2022). Investigating perceptions of cohesion and satisfaction within sport officiating groups. Managing Sport and Leisure. doi: 10.1080/23750472.2022.2092536

  16. Creighton, R., Paradis, K. F., Blackburn, N. E., & Tully, M. A. (2022). Group based physical activity interventions targeting enjoyment in older adults: a systematic review. Journal of Ageing and Longevity, 2(2), 113-129. doi: 10.3390/jal2020011

  17. McColgan, C., & Paradis, K. F. (2022). Social media usage, physical activity, social physique anxiety, and self-presentation in exercise amongst women: A one-week screen- time data tracking study. Journal of Social Media in Society, 11(1), 60-80.

  18. Cleary, M., McHugh, F., & Paradis, K. F. (2022). Investigating the association between subjective well-being symptoms and categorical blood biomarker data in English Premier League footballers. Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise. doi: 10.1007/s42978-022-00189-7

  19. Burke, S., Sharp, L.A., Woods, D., & Paradis, K. F. (2021). Enhancing parental support through parent education programs: A systematic review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2021.1992793

  20. Clohessy, T., Whelan, E., & Paradis, K. F. (2021). Does passion for physical activity spillover to performance at work? Examining the direct and indirect effects of passion and life satisfaction, on organizational performance and innovativeness. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 19(5), 794-814. doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2020.1766537

  21. Piasecki, P. A., Loughead, T. M., Paradis, K. F., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2021). Using a personal-disclosure mutual-sharing approach to deliver a team-based mindfulness mediation program to enhance cohesion. The Sport Psychologist, 35(1), 22-29. doi: 10.1123/tsp.2019-0116

  22. Simpson, J., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., & Paradis, K. F. (2020). The relationship between passion and imagery use in competitive youth gymnastics. Science of Gymnastics Journal, 12(1), 49-59.

  23. Danylchuk, K., Weese, Z. W., & Paradis, K. F. (2020). Character in leadership: Perceptions from intercollegiate athletics administrators. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 14(3), 191-209.

  24. Harenberg, S. Riemer, H., Dorsch, K., Karreman, E., & Paradis, K. F. (2019). Advancement of a conceptual framework for positional competition in sport. Development and validation of the Positional Competition in Team Sports Questionnaire. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 33(3), 321-342. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2019.1631903.

  25. Hancock, D. J, Martin, L. J., Evans, M. B., & Paradis, K. F. (2018). Exploring perceptions of group processes in ice hockey officiating. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30(2), 222-240. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2017.1349208

  26. Kent, S., Kingston, K., & Paradis, K. F. (2018). The relationship between passion, basic needs satisfaction, and athlete burnout: Examining direct and indirect effects. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 12(1), 75-96. doi: 10.1123/jcsp.2017-0030

  27. Paradis, K. F., Misener, L., MacPherson, G., McGillivray, D., & Legg, D. (2017). Examining the impact of integrated and non-integrated parasport events on volunteer attitudes towards disability. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 20(11), 1724-1744. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1329826

  28. Rogalsky, K., Doherty, A., & Paradis, K. F. (2016). Understanding the sport event volunteer experience: An investigation of role ambiguity and its correlates. Journal of Sport Management, 30(4), 453-469. doi: 10.1123/jsm.2015-0214

  29. Donkers, J., Martin, L. J., Paradis, K. F., & Anderson, S. (2015). The social environment in children’s sport: Social acceptance, cohesion, enjoyment, and commitment. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 46(4), 275-294. doi: 10.7352/IJSP

  30. Paradis, K. F., Carron, A. V., & Martin, L. J. (2014). Development and validation of a measure to assess conflict in sport teams: The Group Conflict Questionnaire. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32(20), 1966-1978. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.970220

  31. Paradis, K. F., Carron, A. V., & Martin, L. J. (2014). Athlete perceptions of intra-group conflict in sport teams. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 10(3), 4-18.

  32. Paradis, K. F., Cooke, L. M., Martin, L. J., & Hall, C. R. (2014). Just need some satisfaction: Examining the relationship between passion for exercise and the basic psychological needs. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada, 7(2), 15-29.

  33. Paradis, K. F., Cooke, L. M., Martin, L. J., & Hall, C. R. (2013). Too much of a good thing? Examining the relationship between passion for exercise and exercise dependence. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14(4), 493-500. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.02.003

  34. Paradis, K. F. (2013). A review of the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 9(1), 66-71.

  35. Martin, L. J., Paradis, K. F., Eys, M. A., & Evans, M. B. (2013). Cohesion in sport: New directions for practitioners. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 4(1), 14-25. doi:10.1080/21520704.2012.702710

  36. Paradis, K. F., & Martin L. J. (2012). Team building in sport: Linking theory and research to practical application. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 3(3), 159-170. doi:10.1080/21520704.2011.653047

  37. Paradis, K. F., Martin, L. J., & Carron, A. V. (2012). Examining the relationship between passion and perceptions of cohesion in athletes. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 8(1), 22-31.

  38. Paradis, K. F., & Loughead, T. M. (2012). Examining the mediating role of cohesion between athlete leadership and athlete satisfaction in youth sport. International Journal of Sport Psychology 43(2), 117-136.