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 early career researcher and senior lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Activity in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. He has published 33 peer-reviewed outputs and received over $270K 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.

  • 2014 PhD

  • 2011 Bachelor of Education Honours (1A)

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


  • 2019 Finalist, Falling Walls Lab Australia (Canberra)
  • 2019 Winner: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award $3000
  • 2019 Winner: World Congress on Science and Football Best Research Paper by code (AFL) $250
  • 2019 Winner: Universities Australia Award Pitch It Clever Competition $1000
  • 2018 Winner: Flinders University's Vice Chancellors Award for Early Career Researchers $2500
  • 2018 Winner: 6th International Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference 5 minute challenge
  • 2018 Winner: inaugural Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference Champion of Inclusion Award $500

External grants and consultancies

  • 2020 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)
  • 2019 Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Health Seed Grant. Level Playing Field: Young Males, Masculinity and Mental Wellbeing through Sport ($21,376)
  • 2019 College Research Grant Scheme. Enhancing physical activity time in organised youth sport: Coaches' perspectives ($10,000)
  • 2018 Netball SA/ORSR Grant: The Promotion and Engagement of Contemporary Sports for Girls and Young Women: Implications for Participation ($57,000)

  • 2018 Football Federation Australia's ALDI MiniRoos sport parenting project ($18,775)

  • 2018 Ian Potter Foundation Conference Award ($1,500)

  • 2018 Inclusive Sport South Australia Tender. LGBTIQ+ and South Australian sport ($40,000)
  • 2017 ORSR Grant. Pathways to Participation for Girls and Women in Sport ($55,000)
Key responsibilities
  • BLISS Science and Innovation Committee (South Australia) (2020)

  • BSHPA Academic Programs Committee CEPSW representative (2018-present)
  • Invited member of the ACHPER National Academic Reference Group (2017-present)
  • Invited member of the Australian Sports Commission's PGAG Advisory Group (2016-present)
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
Talent development
Think Aloud methods
Youth sport
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Youth Sport (1)
Associate supervisor: Physical Education (1), Sport engineering (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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0427 398 713

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