Sandy Gordon

Associate Professor, MA PhD Alta., DipPE Glas., DipEd MEd Aberd., FAPS

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1355 Citations
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Personal profile


Sandy is an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at UWA. He is a Registered Sport Psychologist (WA), Fellow member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Member of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP) and APS Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (IGCP). Accreditation also includes Advanced and Professional Development Executive Coaching certificates from the Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology (U. Sydney). He is accredited in Cultural Transformation Tools , Extended DISC, Health Coaching (HCA), Hogan, MBTI, and CAPP Realise2 assessment tools, and is a facilitator in Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology.

Roles and responsibilities

Sandy was elected National Chair of the APS College of Sport Psychologists 1998 – 2002 (two terms) and was WACoSP Section Chair 1996-2002. He was also a Committee member of the WA branch of APS 1994-2003 and member of the Organising Committee for the 2003 Annual APS Conference held in Perth. Sandy was a Foundation National Executive Committee Member of the APS Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (IGCP) (2002-2004) and served on the WA IGCP Committee (2002 – 2004). He was an Organising Committee Member for the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology (August 2005) held in Sydney. This marked Australia’s second ever World Psychology Congress, and Sandy was CoSP National Chair at the time our bid was successful.

Sandy has demonstrated considerable expertise and scholarship in the area of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Specifically, he has authored or co-authored three co-edited books, several book chapters, numerous articles for publication in refereed and non-refereed/professional journals, major book reviews, conference publications, conference presentations and invited keynote addresses. In addition, he has authored/co-authored several funded and unfunded grant proposals and is a regular reviewer for numerous periodicals and serves on Editorial Boards of two others. He is currently Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review (ICPR).

He has contributed to coach education programs in over ten different countries and also consulted with the Cricket Boards and national teams of Australia, India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He has facilitated strategic planning initiatives with Hampshire (England) and Western Australian Cricket Associations and similar involvement with Australian Football League (AFL and WAFL) teams and the Australian Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is ongoing. he currently consults with the Perth Wildcats and Perth Lynx basketball teams. He has also coached performing artists, and clients have included opera singers, rock bands, and a contemporary dance company.

Future research

His future research interests lie in areas where he can apply principles of positive psychology specifically, mental toughness, resilience, emotional labour, psychology of injury, applied sport psychology and coaching psychology interventions.

Funding overview

Since 1990 he has received over $500k in small grant funding.

Previous positions

1972 - 1974 Senior High School Physical Education Teacher Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen, Scotland.
1974 - 1980 Senior Assistant in Physical Education, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
1980 - 1986 Graduate Assistant, University of Alberta, Canada.
1986 - 1987 Post-Doctoral Student, University of Alberta, Canada.
1987 – 1994 Lecturer, School of Human Movement & Exercise Science, UWA.
1994 – 2009 Senior Lecturer, School of Sport Science, Exercise & Health, UWA.
2010 - present Associate Professor, School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, UWA.

Industrial relevance

In business settings both overseas and in Australia Sandy’s engagements have included facilitation of emotional intelligence, mental toughness and resilience programs (Banks, Business Consulting Groups, Call Centres), creating high performance leadership cultures (Banks, Real Estate firms), high performance team work (Mining firms, Call Centres), decision-making skills (energy firm) and strategic planning (small businesses). Executive Coaching experience includes CEO/CFO level individuals in both public (ABC, ATO, DoIR, DSR) and private sectors (Accountants, Banks, Builders, Financiers, Lawyers).

Teaching overview

At The University of Western Australia, since 1987, Sandy has taught several under-graduate and three post-graduate classes in exercise and sport psychology and has been actively involved in fostering the research of Honours (16), Masters (17) and Doctoral (13) students. Lectures and Tutorials in the following undergraduate courses:
HM100/101 Behavioural Basis of Human Movement & Exercise Science
HM110 Introduction to Professional Aspects of Human Movement
HM245/230 Soccer
HM275/1/2 Sport & Exercise Psychology
HM337/3338 Outdoor Education – Canoeing, Bush Walking, Sailing
SSEH375 Psychology of Sport
SSEH376 Sociology of Sport (1987-2002)
SSEH3376 Coaching Psychology
Lectures and Tutorials in the following postgraduate courses:
HM605 Research Methods
HM663 Applied Sport Psychology
SSEH4664 Exercise and Health Psychology
SSEH5678 Sport and Recreation Management


Coaching Psychology
Applied Sport Psychology
Positive Psychology


  • Coaching psychology
  • Exercise, health and sport psychology
  • Mental skills training
  • Psychological monitoring of athletes

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Research Output 1992 2017

2 Citations (Scopus)

A case study of strengths-based coaching of mental toughness in cricket

Gordon, S., Anthony, D. R. & Gucciardi, D. F., 2017, In : International Journal of Sport Psychology. 48, 3, p. 223-245 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Adapting a behavioral coaching framework for mental toughness development

Anthony, D. R., Gordon, S., Gucciardi, D. F. & Dawson, B., 23 May 2017, In : Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. 9, 1, p. 32-50 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

professional sports
17 Citations (Scopus)

A meta-study of qualitative research on mental toughness development

Anthony, D., Gucciardi, D. F. & Gordon, S., 2016, In : International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 9, 1, p. 160-190

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Processes
Qualitative Research
Athletic Performance
Search Engine
85 Citations (Scopus)

The Concept of Mental Toughness: Tests of Dimensionality, Nomological Network, and Traitness

Gucciardi, D. F., Hanton, S., Gordon, S., Mallett, C. J. & Temby, P., 2015, In : Journal of Personality. 83, 1, p. 26-44

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intelligence Tests

Projects 2008 2009