Sam is an award-winning academic at Flinders and a leading authority in the field of sport parenting, participation and retention, and psychosocial outcomes in youth sport. He has presented his work internationally in Australia, China, the UK, Canada and the US, published 43 research outputs, and attained $882K in combined external grants and consultancies.
He is a science communication leader, representing Flinders at the Australian Academy of Science Falling Walls Lab Australia and in the global award-winning series, Raising the Bar. He is also the creator and co-host of Beyond the Club – Australia's leading science communication podcast for community sport. Sam’s excellence in research has been widely recognised as the recipient of several prestigious awards including the VC Award for Early Career Research, the World Congress on Science and Football Best Research Paper by Code (AFL) Award, and the Universities Australia Award for the Pitch it clever competition.
Sam is Higher Degree Research (HDR) advisor in Education and Sport, and course coordinator of the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods (GDRM) and the Graduate Certificate of Sports Coaching (commencing 2023). He supervises 8 PhD students and one Honours student in his Children and Youth Sport Research (CHAYSR) lab. At the undergraduate level, he is the topic coordinator of three topics in sport psychology and sport coaching. Sam has received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Innovation in Teaching and consecutive College Excellence in Teaching Awards.
2011 Bachelor of Education Honours (1A)
BLISS Science and Innovation Committee (South Australia) (2020)
BSHPA Academic Programs Committee CEPSW representative (2018-2020)
Society of Medical and Biological Engineering Award SA - OCT 2018
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