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Research Biography

Sam is an award-winning early career researcher and senior lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Activity in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. He has published 32 peer-reviewed outputs and received over $240K in combined grants, tenders and consultancies. Sam is an active member of the Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE) Research Centre and invited reviewer for 13 international journals. He has published widely on parental involvement in youth sport and presented his work internationally in China, the UK, Canada and the US. Sam has received a number of prestigious awards including the VC Award for Early Career Research, the World Congress on Science and Football Best Research Paper by Code (AFL) Award, the Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference Champion of Inclusion Award, and the Universities Australia Award for the Pitch it clever competition. He is an emerging thought leader and has won international awards for science and research communications. Sam has represented Flinders at the Australian Academy of Science Falling Walls Lab Australia and in the global-award winning series, Raising the bar.

Sam is a highly sought after speaker and consultant and has worked with Football Federation Australia, the SANFL, Sport Australia and the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is an award-winning educator and lectures in vastly popular topics in sport psychology, sport sociology and sport coaching.

Research Interests

Current research projects

  • The Sport Parent Project
  • The Promotion and Engagement of Contemporary Sports for Girls and Young Women: Implications for Participation (Drummond, Drummond, Elliott, Prichard & Lewis)
  • Pathways to Participation for Girls and Women in Sport (Drummond, Elliott, Drummond, Prichard & Lewis)
  • Using Think Aloud to investigate cognitive differences in set shot goal kicking in Australian football (current: Elliott, Williams, Magias & Whitehead)
  • Doctoral students emotional wellbeing in qualitative research (current: Velardo and Elliott)

Completed projects

  • Parents, Girls and Australian football
  • LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in sport in South Australia
  • The experiences of being a talented youth footballer: Lessons for parents
  • Effects of altering number of players and field dimensions on possession characteristics in youth Australian football
  • Evaluating '9-a-side' junior Australian football
  • Parental influence in junior Australian Football
  • Flinders-Panthers Be-Your-Best Program


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