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Dr John Mahoney Name: Dr John Mahoney
Academic Lead, ACU Thrive & HELTA
+617 3861 6076
Organisational Area
Centre for Education and Innovation
ACU Thrive & HELTA
Biographical Information

I am a lecture in the School of Exercise Science, based at ACU&rsquos Brisbane Campus. I lecture sport, health, and exercise psychology subjects at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and am also interested in researching how sport and exercise can be used to promote positive youth development.

Prior to pursuing a role in academia, I was a practicing psychologists. I worked with a number of local, national, and international athletes at different stages of their careers. I am still a registered psychologist and sit on the Queensland Board for the College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists.

At ACU I teach EXSC199 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, EXSC296 Health and Exercise Psychology, and EXSC335 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology. I am also an acting member of the School&rsquos Learning & Teaching committee and hold a position on the Faculty&rsquos Campus Working Group for Student Community Engagement Experience committee.


Mahoney, J.W., Quested, E., Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., Ntoumanis, N., & Gucciardi, D.F. (2016). Validating a measure of life satisfaction in older adolescents and testing invariance across time and gender. Personality and Individual Differences, 99, 217-224.

Mahoney, J.W., Gucciardi, D.F., Gordon, S., & Ntoumanis, N. (2016). Psychological needs support training for coaches: An avenue for nurturing mental toughness. In S.T. Cotterill, G. Breslin, & N. Weston (Eds.), Applied sport and exercise psychology: Practitioner case Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mahoney, J.W., Gucciardi, D.F., Ntoumanis, N., Mallett, C.J. & Stebbings, J. (2015). Implementing an autonomy-supportive intervention to develop mental toughness in adolescent rowers. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 1-17.

Mahoney, J.W., Gucciardi, D.F., Mallett, C.J., & Ntoumanis, N. (2014). Adolescent performers&rsquo perspectives on mental toughness and its development: the utility of the bioecological model. The Sport Psychologist, 28, 233-244.

Mahoney, J.W., Gucciardi, D.F., Ntoumanis, N., & Mallett, C.J. (2014a). Mental toughness in sport: Motivational antecedents and associations with performance and psychological health. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 26, 281-292.

Mahoney, J.W., Gucciardi, D.F., Ntoumanis, N., & Mallett, C.J. (2014b). The motivational antecedents of the development of mental toughness: A self-determination theory perspective. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7, 184-197.

Jones, R., Mahoney, J.W., & Gucciardi, D.F. (2013). On the transition into elite rugby league: Perceptions of players and coaching staff. Journal of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 3, 28-45.

Gucciardi, D. F., Mahoney, J.W., Jalleh, G., & Donovan, R. J., & Parkes, J. (2012). Perfectionistic profiles among elite athletes and differences in their motivational orientations. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 34, 159-183.

Mahoney, J.W., & Hanrahan, S. J. (2011). A brief educational intervention using acceptance and commitment therapy: Four injured athletes' experiences. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 5, 252-273.


Research Interests

  • Sport as a vehicle for positive youth development
  • The effect of motivational climates on athlete performance
  • Developing mental toughness in adolescent athletes


Research Funding

2015    New Research Grant &ndash Griffith University ($12,000)

2015    Research Seed Funding &ndash Behavioural Basis of Health ($3000)

2013    Young Investigators Research Grant &ndash AASP ($2200)

2013    Development Award &ndash University of Birmingham ($1400)

Professional Memberships

The Australian Psychological Society - Member

The College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists - Academic member

The Psychology Board of Australia - General Practitioner


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