My PhD was in Mathematical/Health Psychology for the examination of nonlinear models in the context of adolescent smoking behaviour. In previous careers, I worked for the Australian Public Service (ATO/CSA and DVA), an Executive Management Consultant and Consultant Psychometrician.
My main research interest is looking at the causes and consequences of drug use in sport (alcohol, illicit drugs and doping). In particular, I am interested in the non-sexy end such as how anti-doping affects athlete support personnel, non-elite sport and sports practice. Following almost a decade of research in the area I have come to the conclusion that alternatives to anti-doping are needed to achieve effective management of drugs in sport.
As a result of my work on doping in sport, I am interested in sport management more generally. For example, I have become interested in how sport influences work-life balance in relation to health and well-being. Another line of research is the impact of corruption and scandal in sport.
I am founding editor of Performance Enhancement and Health, with Prof Frances Quirk. I am also a Senior Member of the International Network for Humanistic Doping Research.