Dr Sam Elliott

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.19)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sam is an award-winning researcher and senior lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Activity. He has published 36 peer-reviewed outputs and received over $500K 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 15 international journals. He has published widely on parental involvement in youth sport and presented his work internationally in Australia, 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 a 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 Sport Australia, Football Federation Australia, the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (SA) and the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Between 2019-2020, he received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Innovation in Teaching and two College Excellence in Teaching Awards for leadership and scholarship. Sam also supervises PhD and Honours students in his Children and Youth Sport Research (CHAYSR) lab.

  • 2014 PhD

  • 2011 Bachelor of Education Honours (1A)

  • 2010 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Education (Middle & Secondary)
Honours, awards and grants

Research Awards


  • Finalist, Falling Walls Lab Australia (Canberra)
  • Winner: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award $3000
  • Winner: World Congress on Science and Football Best Research Paper by code (AFL) $250
  • Winner: Universities Australia Award Pitch It Clever Competition $1000


  • Winner: Flinders University's Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers $2500
  • Winner: 6th International Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference 5 minute challenge
  • Winner: inaugural Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference Champion of Inclusion Award $500

Teaching Awards


  • Winner: Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation in Teaching Awards
  • Winner: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award


  • Winner College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award

External grants and consultancies


  • ORSR Partnership Grant Scheme. The sport research podcast ($122,700)
  • ORSR-Flinders Innovative Partnership Seed Grant. The sport parent project ($50,000)
  • Freemason’s Centre for Men’s Health and Wellbeing Grant. Masculinity and mental health: shaping the attitudes, behaviours and education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men through sport ($120,000)
  • Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation-Órama Institute Seed Funding Grant. "It takes a village to raise a child”: Developing mental health fitness in contemporary youth through community sport using a whole club – village – approach ($30,000)


  • Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Health Seed Grant. Level Playing Field: Young Males, Masculinity and Mental Wellbeing through Sport ($21,376)
  • Netball SA/ORSR Grant: The Promotion and Engagement of Contemporary Sports for Girls and Young Women: Implications for Participation ($57,000)
  • Football Federation Australia's ALDI MiniRoos sport parenting project ($18,775)

  • Inclusive Sport South Australia Tender. LGBTIQ+ and South Australian sport ($40,000)

  • ORSR Grant. Pathways to Participation for Girls and Women in Sport ($55,000)
Key responsibilities
  • Higher Degree Research Coordinator (Education) (2021-present)
  • Invited committee member, Sammy D Foundation (2020-present)
  • BLISS Science and Innovation Committee (South Australia) (2020)

  • BSHPA Academic Programs Committee CEPSW representative (2018-2020)

  • Invited member of the ACHPER National Academic Reference Group (2017-present)
  • Invited member of the Australian Sports Commission's PGAG Advisory Group (2016-17)
Topic coordinator
HLPE2300 Foundations of Sport Psychology
HLPE3534 Introduction to Sport Coaching, Management and Administration
HLPE1531 Inclusive and Adaptive Practices in Sport and Physical Education
Supervisory interests
Athlete development
Australian football
Community sport
Diversity and inclusion in sport
Girls and the rising popularity of AFLW
Parental behaviour in youth sport
Psychology of sport participation and performance
Qualitative research methods
Social issues in youth sport
Sport coaching
Sport participation and dropout
Think Aloud methods
Youth sport
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Injury and social support in female Australian football (1), Sporting clubs of the future (1)
Associate supervisor: Sport and physical activity in low SES communities (1), Assessment in Physical Education (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Reuben Smith

Society of Medical and Biological Engineering Award SA - OCT 2018

Expert for media contact
Optimal athlete development
Parental behaviour in youth sport
Social issues in sport
Youth sport participation and engagement
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