Sam is an Associate Professor and leading authority in the field of sport parenting, participation and retention, and psychosocial outcomes in youth sport. He has been invited to present his work internationally in Australia, China, the UK, Canada, and the US.
He is a multiple-award winning academic including the prestigious SA Young Tall Poppy science award, Flinders 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. He has also received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Innovation in Teaching and consecutive College Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Sam 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.
At Flinders, he holds leadership positions as Higher Degree Research (HDR) advisor in Education and Sport, course coordinator of the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods (GDRM), and the Graduate Certificate of Sports Coaching. Sam also supervises 10 PhD students 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. He is also a member of the Flinders Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing and the SHAPE Research Centre.
2011 Bachelor of Education Honours (1A)
Invited committee member, BLISS Science and Innovation (South Australia) (2020)
Invited committee member, BSHPA Academic Programs CEPSW representative (2018-2020)
Invited member, ACHPER National Academic Reference Group (2017-present)
Invited member, Australian Sports Commission's PGAG Advisory Group (2016-17)
Invited member, Flinders Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2020-present)
Invited member, Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE) Research Centre (2014-present)
Society of Medical and Biological Engineering Award SA - OCT 2018
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