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Alexander Gordon

Assoc/Prof Sandy Gordon

Associate Professor
Human Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Human Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M408)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2375
+61 8 6488 1039
MA PhD Alta., DipPE Glas., DipEd MEd Aberd., FAPS
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.
Key research
Coaching Psychology
Applied Sport Psychology
Positive Psychology
Gordon, S. (in press). Creating an effective organisational culture. In F. Pyke (Ed.) Advanced sport coaching. Adelaide: Human Kinetics.

Gordon, S. & Gucciardi, D. (in press). Mental toughness in sport. In J. Adams (ed.) Sport psychology: Theory and practice. Edinburgh Gate, UK: Pearson Education Ltd.

Gordon, S. (2012). Strengths-based approaches to developing mental toughness: Team and individual. International Coaching Psychology Review,7(2), 210-222.

Day, D., Gordon, S., & Fink, C. (2012). The Sporting Life: Exploring organizations through the Lens of Sport. The Academy of Management Annals, 1-37.

Gordon, S., & Gucciardi, D. (Eds.) (2011). Mental Toughness in Sport: Developments in Theory and Research. Oxon, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-57298-9

Gordon, S., & Gucciardi, D. F. (2011). Strengths-based approach to coaching mental toughness. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 2, 143-155.

Gordon, S., & Gucciardi, D. F. (2011). An introduction to mental toughness in sport: Developments in research and theory. In D. F. Gucciardi & S. Gordon (Eds.) Mental toughness in sport: Developments in theory and rsearch ( pp. 3-6). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Gordon, S. & Lavallee, D. (2011). Career Transitions in Competitive Sport. In T. Morris & P. Terry (Eds.) The New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion. (pp. 567-581) Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Mankad, A., & Gordon, S. (2010). Psycho-linguistic changes in athletes’ response to
injury after written emotional disclosure. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation 19, 328-342.

Gucciardi, D.F., & Gordon, S. (2009). Development and preliminary validation of the Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27, 1293-1310.

Gucciardi, D.F., & Gordon, S., (2009). Revisiting the performance profile technique: Theoretical underpinnings and application. The Sport Psychologist. 23, 93-117.

Gucciardi, D.F., & Gordon, S., (2009). Construing the athlete and exerciser: Research and applied perspectives from personal construct psychology. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 21(Supp. 1), S17-S33.

Mankad, A., Gordon, S., & Wallman, K. (2009). Perceptions of emotional climate among injured athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 3, 1-14.

Wood, B., & Gordon, S. (2009). Linking MBA learning and leadership coaching. International Coaching Psychology Review, 4, 87-104.

Gordon, S. (2008). Appreciative Inquiry coaching. International Coaching Psychology Review. 3(1), 17-29.

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
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 received
Since 1990 he has received over $500k in small grant funding.
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).
Australian Psychological Society (APS)
APS Member (March, 1994) # 20040; elected to APS Fellowship (2004)
Invited Member of the APS Membership Recruitment and Retention Advisory Group (2009)
Member of APS College of Sport Psychologists (CoSP) (July, 1994) CoSP National Chair (1998 - 2002)
Member of APS Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (IGCP) Foundation National Committee member (2004-2005). WA IGCP Committee Member (2004-2005).
International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) - Charter Member (2008)
Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) Australia Honorary Partner Member (1988 – present)
Registered Sport Psychologist with The Psychologists Board of WA (March, 1996) Registration # 1595

Honours and awards
1981-1982 Coaching Association of Canada Scholarship for University Study (CDN$2,500).
1985 PhD Dissertation Fellowship (CDN$11,500). Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.
2004 Elected to APS Fellowship.
2008 Australian Psychological Society (APS) Colleges Award of Distinction.
2011 Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Distinguished International Scholar Award.
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.
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
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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