Associate Professor Geoff Lovell - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor Geoff Lovell

PhD Manc.Met, BSc(Hons) St Mary's College UK, MAPS SFHEA

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
  • School of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 5456 5100
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Geoff Lovell

Geoff Lovell is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. Geoff has been with USC since 2009, having come from the UK Higher Education and performance sport sectors.

Geoff graduated from St. Mary’s College Twickenham UK in 1991 before taking a psychophysiology research scholar position at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he gained his sports psychology PhD in 1998.

After leaving Manchester, Geoff combined applied practice with academic positions first at Roehampton University London, then at Kingston University as the Principle Lecturer and Course Director for Sports Science. He then moved to the Gold Coast where he worked at Bond University as a part time Assistant Professor, and with Sport and Recreation Queensland as a Senior Adviser. Before taking a position at USC, he returned to the UK for two years as the Course Leader for the University of Gloucestershire’s Masters degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences and a sport and exercise psychology consultant at the Wimbledon Parkside Hospital in London.

At USC Geoff has held leaderships roles including Deputy Head of School, Social Sciences, Acting Chair of the University Learning and Teaching Committee, and Chair of the First Year Experience Reference Group with oversight across the University pertaining to first year students. In addition to these important leadership roles, Geoff also has extensive teaching, research, and engagement duties.

As a teacher Geoff has been recognized nationally as a recipient of the highly competitive OLT Citation from the Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching, recognising his 22 years of excellence in inspiring and motivating psychology and sports science students to actively engage in learning through enthusiastic, student-centred teaching practice. Through his passionate, enthusiastic and theoretically grounded teaching practice, Geoff actively engages students in the learning process. He has an extensive repertoire of real-world examples, data, case studies and stories drawn from his extensive experience in research, applied sports psychology and coaching at the elite level, with which he enlivens his classes and motivates his students to succeed in both their studies and professional lives. Geoff is also a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Professional memberships

AHPRA registered Psychologist
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy


University of the Sunshine Coast Disability Support Staff Appreciation Award 2017.
University of the Sunshine Coast Advance Award for Learning and Teaching 2016.
Vice-Chancellor and Presidents’ (University of the Sunshine Coast) Commendation for Excellence in Research 2016.
Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Australian Awards for University Teaching 2014; Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
University of the Sunshine Coast Advance Award for Learning and Teaching 2014.

Geoff is a strong and active researcher with almost 100 peer reviewed journal articles and experience of successfully supervising numerous Higher Degree by Research (PhD) students. Geoff has experience in applied and theoretical research, as well as both qualitative and quantitative research design methodologies. Geoff is also experienced in supervisong PhD and Master of Science by Research students.

Geoff is a registered psychologist and has attended numerous major international sporting championships as a member of national teams including Commonwealth, Paralympic, and Olympic Games. Most recently Geoff has been actively involved with Australian Swimming. Geoff is also engaged in providing sport psychology support to the USC High Performance Sport program, especially Swimming and Cycling.

HDR Supervision

Geoff has supervised 17 successful HDRs; 14 of which have been PhDs.

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours Students

applied sport psychology
workplace mental fitness
student athlete wellbeing and performance
injury rehabilitation
exercise and health

Recent HDR completions include

Driver, C. (2020). PhD: Psychosocial strategies in Physiotherapy Practice.

Beirton, J. (2019). MA: Investigating mental imagery experiences in elite Australian athletes.

Love, S. (2019). PhD: Regulating performance Based mentality: A metacognitive development.

Norton, O. (2019). PhD: Psychological and body image correlates of the use of facial non-surgical cosmetic medical procedures in middle-aged and older women, and the role of attentional processes.

Rune, K. (2019). PhD: Investigation of attention bias for food-related cues and effects of attention bias modification toward healthy food in females.

Wareham, Y. (2019). PhD: Coaching elite athletes with physical disability: The views of coaches and senior administrators in Australia.

Birkenhead, K. (2018). PhD: The independent and interactive relationship between physical activity and diet on telomere length in current ultra-endurance exercisers.

Buzza, G. L. (2018). PhD: The effect of short and long-term aerobic training on exercise capacity and tissue oxygenation in young (18 - 30 yr) and older (40 - 60 yr) men and women.

Craven, D. L. (2018). PhD: At home and at risk? Screening for nutrition risk in community-living older adults.

Loveday, P. M. (2018). PhD: A mixed-methods investigation of the Best Possible Selves intervention: Relationships and thriving.

Raymond, K. (2018). PhD: Food addiction, BMI, psychological well-being, and impulsivity among People with Diabetes.

Research areas

  • Exercise, health, and wellbeing
  • Sport psychology
  • Exercise psychology
  • Sleep and human performance
  • Exercise and mental health
  • Obesity
  • Processed food addiction

Teaching areas

  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Professional Ethics in Psychology
  • Foundations of Human Behaviour

Associate Professor Geoff Lovell's specialist areas of knowledge include: Sport and exercise psychology, Mental imagery, Sleep and human performance, Exercise and mental health, Resilience, Youth talent development programs.

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