Coaching and Sport Psychology research examines the psycho-social and pedagogical aspects of sport participation from the perspective a variety of actors (e.g. athlete, coaches, officials) in a range of sport physical activity settings.

Key areas of research include:

  • Positive psychology with a focus on self-determination theory, autonomy-supportive learning environments, and mental toughness
  • Coach development using psycho-social and pedagogical frameworks such as workplace learning theories
  • Conceptualisations of leadership and culture in performance sport settings
  • The learning of sport participants in varying settings (e.g. action sports, Indigenous sport) through pedagogical and socio-cultural approaches
  • The development of mental skills for performance enhancement, life satisfaction, and self-worth
  • Sport for development.

Learn more about coaching and sport psychology research below.

Current funded research projects



Funding Scheme


Creating a thriving community for young people through junior rugby league

Cliff Mallett

Matthew Sanders

James Kirby

Steven Rynne



Rugby League Research Projects


WaterAid & IWC WASH and Sports for Development in PNG

Stephanie Hanrahan

International WaterCentre


Mitigating the impacts of Relative Age Effect in junior rugby league: Evaluating an intervention

Bob Crudgington

Cliff Mallett

Vincent Kelly

M Castle


Rugby League Research Projects


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Related Research Centre

Centre for Sport and Society (CSS)