Dr Amanda Clacy

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Dr Amanda Clacy


Teaching areas

  • Psychology

Research areas

  • sport psychology
  • incident prevention in outdoor education
  • concussion
  • injury management
  • human factors
  • sport performance and teamwork


Dr Amanda Clacy is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. After completing her psychology undergraduate degree with honours in 2011, Amanda began working as a psychology tutor and researcher at USC. In 2016 Amanda completed her PhD research program in which she investigated the ABCS of sport-related concussion in junior rugby union by analysing the antecedents, behaviours, consequences, and the sociotechnical system factors involved. Amanda is currently working as a research fellow in human factors in sport and outdoor education for the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. Within this role Amanda manages the ARC funded UPLOADS project, which aims to develop, test, and implement an incident reporting and learning system for the led outdoor activity sector in Australia. Additionally Amanda works within the human factors in sport theme of the centre conducting research into the sociotechnical and human factors involved in sport-related performance and teamwork.

Amanda’s main areas of interest include improving injury management, better understanding human factors in sporting performance and teamwork, and bridging the gap between research and practice in sport and outdoor education. As an outdoor enthusiast, Amanda is an advocate for appreciating the balance between considering the seriousness of the risks associated with participating in pulse-raising activities, while also recognising the valuable lessons these experiences can offer.

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Awards / fellowships

  • Winner, USC staff photo competition, 2016
  • Best HDR research presentation, USC Research Week, July 2015
Selected research publications by Dr Amanda Clacy

Read, G. J., Clacy, A., Thomas, M., Van Mulken, M. R. H., Stevens, N., Lenne, M. G., ... & Salmon, P. M. (2016, September). Evaluation of Novel Urban Rail Level Crossing Designs Using Driving Simulation. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 60(1), 1921-1925. doi:10.1177/1541931213601438

Salmon, P. M., Goode, N., Spiertz, A., Thomas, M., Grant, E., & Clacy, A. (2016). Is it really good to talk? Testing the impact of providing concurrent verbal protocols on driving performance. Ergonomics, 1-10. doi:10.1080/00140139.2016.1214752

Clacy, A., Sharman, R., Goode, N., Salmon, P. M., & Lovell, G. P. (2015). Responsibilities in the prevention of concussion in community rugby union. Procedia Manufacturing, 3, 1173-1180. doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.195

Clacy, A., Sharman, R., & McGill, J. (2014). Depression, anxiety, and stress in young adults with phenylketonuria: Associations with biochemistry. Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics, 35(6), 388-391. doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000072

Clacy, A., Sharman, R., & Lovell, G. (2013a). Risk factors to sport-related concussion for junior athletes. OA Sports Medicine Online, 1(1), 4. doi:10.13172/2053-2040--1-566

Clacy, A., Sharman, R., & Lovell, G. (2013b). Return-to-play confusion: Considerations for sport-related concussion. Journal of Bioethical Enquiry, 10(1), 127-8. doi:10.1007/s11673-012-9421-8

Potential research projects for HDR and honours students

  • human factors approach to concussion management
  • human factors in sport performance and teamwork
  • incident prevention in outdoor education
  • applications of human factor

Research grants



Funding body and A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

Faculty of Arts and Business Publication completion Grant

Dr Amanda Clacy

USC, A$5000


Publication completion activities

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