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Research Biography

Deb is an associate professor in sport sociology and teaches in the Bachelor of Sport and Activte Recreation. Her research interests are sport, integrity, masculinity and retirement, particularly in Australian football.  She is the Teaching Program Director of the Active Communities and Social Impact teaching program in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. 

Higher Degree Research Supervision


Associate Supervisor: Australian Teachers' Understanding of Whiteness (1), Relative Energy Deficienty in Elite Women's Football (1), Low Energy Availability in Female Athletes (1)

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • The social construction of masculinity
  • Men's Health
  • Australian Rules football
  • Sports Retirement
  • Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sport and Nutrition
  • Masculinity
  • Sports injury
  • Health promotion
  • Gender roles
  • Physical activity
  • Integrity of Sport

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisor: Women, Consent and Australian Male Footballers (1), Safer Sex and the Theory of Planned Behaviour (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Life After Sport: the Social Construction of Masculinity Following A Career in Elite Australian Rules Football, Flinders University


Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) , University of South Australia


Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), University of South Australia



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Research Areas

  • Education
  • Public health
  • Sociology

Supervisory Interests

  • Masculinity
  • Men's health
  • Sports nutrition
  • Gender roles
  • Sports retirement
  • Sports injury
  • Health promotion
  • Australian football
  • Physical activity
  • Sports
  • Athlete Welfare
  • Sport Sociology


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