Dr Amanda Clacy

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Dr Amanda Clacy


Teaching areas

  • Psychology
  • Research methods

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 Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute.

Sparked by the practical outcomes of her PhD research, in which she investigated factors associated with sport-related concussion in junior athletes, Amanda has continued to grow her research experience in incident prevention and injury management. After completing her PhD research in 2016, Amanda began managing the ARC funded UPLOADS project, which aimed to develop, test, and implement an incident reporting and learning system for the led outdoor activity sector in Australia.

Since joining the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute in 2018, Amanda has been working on a major program of research which aims to implement and assess a community-based suicide prevention intervention throughout the Sunshine Coast. In her work with SCMN, Amanda is also involved with the conduct of ethical and safe clinical trials which aim to assess the effective treatment of suicidality in vulnerable cohorts.

Amanda’s main areas of interest include community mental health management, applying a systems approach to complex problems, and bridging the gap between research and practice through inclusive communication and practical interventions. Amanda grew up in a small rural town and has a personal appreciation for the need for evidence-based mental health interventions which consider the unique idiosyncrasies of different Australian communities.

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Awards / fellowships

  • Winner, USC staff photo competition, 2016
  • Nomination for ‘Best Early Career Student Paper’ award at the 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE): Human Factors in Sports and Outdoor Recreation Proceedings in Las Vegas, USA, 2015
  • Best HDR research presentation, USC Research Week, 2015
Selected research publications by Dr Amanda Clacy
  • Clacy, A., Goode, N. A., Sharman, R., Lovell, G., & Salmon, P. M. (2017). A systems thinking approach to understanding the identification and treatment of sport-related concussion in community rugby union. Applied Ergonomics. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2017.06.010
  • Dawson, K., Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Neville, T., Goode, N. and Clacy, A. (2017). Removing concussed players from the field: the factors influencing decision making around concussion identification and management in Australian Rules Football. In Proceedings of the Naturalistic Decision Making 13 Conference, June 2017, Bath, UK.
  • Clacy, A., Goode, N., Sharman, R., Lovell, G., & Salmon, P. (2016). A knock to the system: A new sociotechnical systems approach to sport-related concussion. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-8. doi:10.1080/02640414.2016.1265140
  • Goode, N., Read, G. J., van Mulken, M. R., Clacy, A., & Salmon, P. M. (2016). Designing System Reforms: Using a Systems Approach to Translate Incident Analyses into Prevention Strategies. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01974
  • Read, G. J., Clacy, A., Thomas, M., Van Mulken, M. R. H., Stevens, N., Lenne, M. G., ... & Salmon, P. M. (2016). 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

  • systems approach to sport-related concussion management
  • suicide prevention in regional and vulnerable communities
  • suicidality in junior athletes who have sustained sport-related concussion

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

FABL Researcher Development Program

 Dr Amanda Clacy  USC, A$10,000  2016 Development of a community-based concussion management strategy
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