My Research

My completed and published circus research projects: 

  • Van Rens, F.E.C.A., Metse, A., & Heritage, B. (in press). Exploring the Mental Health of Circus Artists: Circus Factors, Psychological Resilience, and Demographics Predict Disordered Eating and Exercise Addictions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.  
  • Van Rens, F.E.C.A., & Filho, E., (2021). Not just clowning around: Investigating psychological mechanisms underlying accidents in a heterogeneous group of contemporary circus artists. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 15(2), 377–385. Download the full-text publication for free here, or view it on the journal’s website.
  • Van Rens, F.E.C.A., & Heritage, B. (2021). Mental health of circus artists: Psychological resilience, circus factors, and demographics predict depression, anxiety, stress, and flourishing. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 53, 101850. View it on the journal’s website.
  • Van Rens, F.E.C.A., & Filho, E. (2020). Realising, adapting, and thriving in career transitions from gymnastics to contemporary circus arts. The Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 14, 127-148. Download the full-text publication for free here, or view it on the journal’s website.

For a complete overview of my published research projects (including those in other performance domains such as sports), please refer to my staff profile on the Murdoch University website.

dr. Fleur van Rens presenting at BASES - FEPSAC conference

My ongoing circus research projects:

  • Mental health and well-being in contemporary circus