Meet the experts: Paul Wylleman

My name is Paul Wylleman, PhD Psychology (lic. Clinical Psychology).  

I’m a professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and teach in a number of fields, including sports psychology, highperformance management and mental support for athletes. My research and publications focus on a holistic perspective on the career development and psychological competences of talented and elite athletes, and on the mental health and psychological support provision in elite, Olympic and Paralympic sport. I also head the Topsport and Study” university department, which supports elite student athletes, as well as the Sport Psychology and Mental Support research group 

Previously, I was President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and was the 2017 Distinguished International Scholar of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP, USA).  

For the past 30 years, I have been working in this field and have provided support to talented, elite and Olympic athletes and coaches in various sports, covering both individual sports (archery, judo, tennis, swimming, track and field, fencing, figure skating, eventing and sailing) and team sports (tennis, field hockey, water polo and volleyball). 

I have also provided on-site support during Davis Cup and Fed Cup tournaments, as well as at various European and World Championships and Olympic Games since 2003, covering both summer and winter sports. 

Since 2013, I have been working as the Performance Manager in Performance Behaviour at Team NL (the NOC*NSF, the National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands), where head a team of elite sports lifestyle coaches, and psychologists and psychiatrists from a number of different disciplines, including sport, counselling and clinicalI was also proud to be Team NL’s team psychologist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and will fulfil the same role at the next Olympic Games.