Professor Cliff Mallett

Professor

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
cmallett@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56765

Overview

Professor Mallett has developed a strong research program in two broad and interrelated research areas - sport psychology and coaching.

The specific areas of interest within sport psychology and coaching are:

Motivation within the framework of self-determination theory (SDT)

  • Coaches of elite athletes and elite athletes;
  • Autonomy-supportive learning environments in sport;

Understanding the person-in-context

  • Multi-layered understanding of the person (profiling of coaches and athletes)
  • Mental toughness in elite sport (coaches and athletes).

High Performance coach learning and development:

  • How high performance coaches learn in the workplace;
  • Developing coaching practice using action research; and
  • Leadership and management in high performance coaching.

Professor Mallett recently led and completed an international research project examining what can we learn from some fo the world's most successful coaches. Prof. Mallett is Co-Chair of the Research Committee for the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Associate Editor for the International Sport Coachig Journal.

Background

Professor Cliff Mallett joined the School of Human Movement Studies in 2000 after a career in physical education and also in elite coaching as a National High Performance Coach in track and field with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS). He teaches undergraduate and graduate students and actively researches in the area of elite sport. Prof. Mallett regularly consults with elite coaches and athletes as well as coach developers in several national sporting organisations and international organisations.

Research Impacts

Professor Mallett's program of resaerch has informed both policy and practice in sports coaching, in both the youth development and elite sport sectors - nationally and internationally. He has published extensively in sport psychology and coaching to foster an evidence-based appraoch to coach learning, development, and subsequent practice to foster positive outcomes for all actors in the sport setting, especially the athletes.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • DipTeach, Brisbane CAE
  • Bachelor of Education (Health & PE), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Psychology), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Rynne, Steven B., Mallett, Clifford J. and Rabjohns, Martin W. O. (2017). High performance coaching: demands and development. In Richard Thelwell, Chris Harwood and Iain Greenlees (Ed.), The Psychology of Sports Coaching: Research and Practice (pp. 114-126) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Rynne, Steven, Crudgington, Robert, Dickinson, Rebecca K. and Mallett, Clifford J. (2017). On the (potential) value of coaching. In Joseph Baker, Stephen Cobley, Jörg Schorer and Nick Wattie (Ed.), Routledge handbook of talent identification and development in sport (pp. 283-298) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Gilchrist, Megan and Mallett, Clifford J. (2017). The theory (SDT) behind effective coaching. In Richard Thelwell , Chris Harwood and Iain Greenlees (Ed.), The psychology of sports coaching: research and practice (pp. 38-53) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge/Taylor and Francis . doi:10.4324/9781315689210

  • Coulter, Tristan, Gilchrist, Megan, Mallett, Clifford J. and Carey, Adam (2016). Abraham Maslow: hierarchy of coach and athlete needs. In Lee Nelson, Ryan Groom and Paul Potrac (Ed.), Learning in sports coaching: theory and application (pp. 63-74) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315746012

  • Mallett, Clifford J. and Lara-Bercial, Sergio (2016). Serial Winning Coaches: People, Vision, and Environment. In Sport and Exercise Psychology Research: From Theory to Practice (pp. 289-322) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-803634-1.00014-5

  • Kawabata, Masato and Mallett, Cliff (2016). What is flow? Reconsideration of the state of optimal functioning beyond flow theory. In Robert J. Schinke, Kerry R. McGannon and Brett Smith (Ed.), Routledge international handbook of sport psychology (pp. 369-377) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315777054

  • Macdonald, Doune and Mallett, Clifford (2016). Youth sport in Australasia. In Ken Green and Andy Smith (Ed.), Routledge handbook of youth sport (pp. 98-107) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Mallett, Clifford J., Rabjohns, Martin and Occhino, Joseph L. (2015). Challenging coaching orthodoxy: a self-determination theory perspective. In The psychology of effective coaching and management (pp. 167-181) New York, NY, United States: Nova Publishers.

  • Mallett, Clifford J. and Rynne, Steven (2015). Changing role of coaches across development. In Joseph Baker and Damian Farrow (Ed.), Routledge handbook of sport expertise (pp. 394-403) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Mallett, Clifford J., Emmett, Matthew and Rynne, Steven (2015). Mentoring high performance athletes. In Fiona C. Chambers (Ed.), Mentoring in physical education and sports coaching (pp. 172-179) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Macdonald, Doune, Beckman, Emma, Bailey, Don, Mallett, Cliff and Trost, Stewart (2014). JOSHUA Optimising assets: (dis)ability and the path to active participation. In Kathleen Armour (Ed.), Pedagogical cases in physical education and youth sport (pp. 211-221) Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Ntoumanis, Nikos and Mallett, Clifford J. (2014). Motivation in sport: a self-determination theory perspective. In Athanasios G. Papaioannou and Dieter Hackfort (Ed.), Routledge companion to sport and exercise psychology: global perspectives and fundamental concepts (pp. 67-82) Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Mallett, Clifford and Tinning, Richard (2014). Philosophy of knowledge. In Lee Nelson, Ryan Groom and Paul Potrac (Ed.), Research Methods in Sports Coaching (pp. 9-17) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

  • Mallett, Clifford, Rynne, Steven and Dickens, Sue (2013). Developing high performance coaching craft through work and study. In Paul Potrac, Wade Gilbert and Jim Denison (Ed.), The handbook of sports coaching (pp. 463-475) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Gucciardi, Daniel F., Mallett, Clifford J., Hanrahan, Stephanie J. and Gordon, Sandy (2011). Measuring mental toughness in sport: Current status and future directions. In Daniel Gucciardi and Sandy Gordon (Ed.), Mental toughness in sport: Developments in research and theory (pp. 108-132) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Mallett, Clifford J. and Coulter, Tristan J. (2011). Understanding and developing the will to win in sport: Perceptions of parents, coaches, and players. In Daniel Gucciardi and Sandy Gordon (Ed.), Mental toughness in sport: Developments in research and theory (pp. 187-211) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Mallett, Clifford J. (2010). Becoming a high-performance coach: Pathways and communites. In John Lyle and Chris Cushion (Ed.), Sports coaching: Professionalism and practice (pp. 119-134) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Mallett, Clifford J. (2010). Conflict management. In Stephanie Hanrahan and Mark Andersen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Practitioners (pp. 335-344) Abingdon, Oxon, England ; New York: Routledge.

  • Gucciardi, Daniel F. and Mallett, Clifford J. (2010). Mental toughness. In Stephanie Hanrahan and Mark Andersen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Practitioners (pp. 547-556) Abingdon, Oxon, England ; New York: Routledge.

  • Mallett, C. J. (2004). Reflective practices in teaching and coaching: Using reflective journals to enhance performance. In J. Wright, D. Macdonald and L. Burrows (Ed.), Critical Inquiry and Problem-Solving in Physical Education (pp. 147-158) London: Routledge.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Zepp, C., Schaffran, P., Kellmann, M., Mallett, C. and Kleinert, J. (2016). Behavioral regulation in coaches: A German version of the Coach Motivation Questionnaire (CMQ-G). In: Teaching Games for Understanding Conference, Köln, Germany, (S101-S102). July 25-27, 2016. doi:10.1080/02701367.2016.1213610

  • Chan, J., Hartel, C. and Mallett, C. (2011). A sport leadership program for coaches and sport management: An intervention for enhancing leadership quality to support positive youth development. In: UQ Business School Research Colloquium, Brisbane, Australia, (10-10). 23 September 2011.

  • Aris, Mohamed, Mallett, Clifford J. and Kawabata, Masato (2010). Examination of Singapore PE Teacher-Coaches’ perceived motivational profile and motivational climate: A case study using self-determination theory [Abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science. Youth in Physical Education and Sport, Singapore, (210-210). 25-28 May, 2010.

  • Kawabata, Masato, Aris, Mohamed and Mallett, Clifford J. (2010). Examination of the Sport Motivation Scale-6 with Singaporean secondary students. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory. 4th International Self Determination Theory Conference, Ghent, Belgium, (70-70). 13-16 May 2010.

  • Mallett, Cliff (2010). Quality coaching and coach education. In: Proceedings of the International Conference for the 30th Anniversary of the Japanese Society of Sport Education. International Conference for the 30th Anniversary of the Japanese Society of Sport Education, Tokyo, Japan, (14-25). October 2010.

  • Mallett, Clifford J. and Rynne, Steven B. (2009). Agency and affordances in high performance coaches' learning. In: Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif and/et ICCE Global Coach Conference Vancouver 2009 Coaching Research Abstracts. Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif and/et ICCE Global Coach Conference Vancouver 2009, Vancouver, (125). 9-13 November, 2009.

  • Mallett, Clifford (2009). Coaching science in Oceania. In: Meeting New Challenges and Bridging Cultural Gaps in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The 12th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology Proceedings, Marrakech, Morroco, (85-86). 17-21 June, 2009.

  • Parkes, Jarred and Mallett, Clifford (2009). Developing mental toughness: Attributional style retraining in rugby. In: Meeting New Challenges and Bridging Cultural Gaps in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The 12th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology Proceedings, Marrakech, Morroco, (116-117). 17-21 June, 2009.

  • Chan, J. and Mallett, C. (2009). Enhancing sport leadership through development of emotional intelligence competencies. In: C. Finch, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (Supplement) Program and Abstracts - be active '09. 2009 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - be active '09, Brisbane, (99-100). 14-17 October, 2009.

  • Chan, J. T. and Mallett, C. J. (2009). How developing emotional intelligence can promote effective sports leadership. In: Evolution of the Athlete: Coach Education and Athlete Development Conference, Brisbane Australia, (). 02/11/2009 and 03/11/2009.

  • Mallett, Clifford (2009). Interview methods. In: Meeting New Challenges and Bridging Cultural Gaps in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The 12th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology Proceedings, Marrakech, Morroco, (137). 17-21 June, 2009.

  • Rynne, Steven B. and Mallett, Clifford J. (2009). Preparation of future national coaches: National coaching scholarship program. In: Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif and/et ICCE Global Coach Conference Vancouver 2009 Coaching Research Abstracts. Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif and/et ICCE Global Coach Conference Vancouver 2009, Vancouver, (139). 9-13 November, 2009.

  • Chan, Jonathan T. and Mallett, Cliff (2009). The value of emotional intelligence in developing sports leadership. In: Maree Veronica Boyle and Sandra A. Lawrence, 4th Asia Pacific Symposium on Emotions and Worklife: Program and Book of Abstracts. Emotions Network 2009 Symposium: 4th Asia Pacific Symposium on Emotions in Worklife, Southbank, QLD, Australia, (7-7). 27 November 2009.

  • Coulter, Tristan and Mallett, Clifford (2009). Understanding mental toughness in soccer: Players, parents, and coaches' perceptions. In: Meeting New Challenges and Bridging Cultural Gaps in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The 12th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology Proceedings, Marrakech, Morroco, (116). 17-21 June, 2009.

  • Kawabata, Masato and Mallett, Clifford J. (2008). Examination of the relationship between self-determination and flow theories for further understanding of optimal human functioning. In: I. Brdar, Book of Abstracts: 4th European Conference on Positive Psychology. 4th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Rijeka, Croatia, (31-31). 1-4 July 2008.

  • Kawabata, Masato and Mallett, Clifford J. (2008). Facilitating flow experience in physical activity: Evidence-based practice [Abstract; CD-ROM]. In: Tony Rossi, Peter Hay, Louise McCuaig, Richard Tinning and Doune Macdonald, AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. AIESEP2008 World Congress: North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (xx-xx). 21-24 January 2008.

  • McLean, K., Mallett, C. and Newcombe, P. (2008). Initial development of the Coach Motivation Scale: Qualitative perspectives?. In: Rossi, T., Hay, P., McCuaig, L., Tinning, R. and Macdonald, D., AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (). 21-24 January, 2008.

  • Mallett, C., Rossi, T. and Tinning, R. (2008). Knowledge networks and Australian Football League coach development: People of influence. In: Tony Rossi, Peter Hay, Louise McCuaig, Richard Tinning and Doune Macdonald, AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. AIESEP2008 World Congress: North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (). 21-24 January 2008.

  • Occhino, J., Mallett, C. and McCuaig, L. (2008). Mentoring and other networks in high performance football coaching. In: T. Rossi, P. Hay, L. McCuaig, R. Tinning and D. Macdonald, AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (). 21-24 January, 2008.

  • Kawabata, Masato and Mallett, Clifford J. (2008). Optimal experience in physical activity: Examination of flow as an attentional process for Japanese adults [Abstract]. In: I. Brdar, Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Positive Psychology. 4th European Conference on Positive Psychology, University of Rijeka, Croatia, (168-168). 1-4 July, 2008.

  • Mallett, C., Rossi, T. and Tinning, R. (2008). Relational interdependence between individual agency and affordances in how high performance coaches learn. In: T. Rossi, P. Hay, L. McCuaig, R. Tinning and D. Macdonald, AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (). 21-24 January 2008.

  • Rynne, S., Mallett, C. and Tinning, R. (2008). Understanding QAS coaches' learning at work through affordances and agency. In: T. Rossi, P. Hay, L. McCuaig, R. Tinning and D. Macdonald, AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (xx-xx). 21-24 January, 2008.

  • Mallett, C. J. (2007). Coaching knowledge and learning in the AFL. In: 2007 ICCE Global Coach Conference, Beijing, (). 30 August - 3 September 2007.

  • Mallett, C. and Rynne, S. (2007). Formal versus informal coach education: an Australian perspective. In: ICCE International Master Class, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China, (). August, 2007.

  • Rynne, S., Mallett, C. J. and Tinning, R. I. (2006). High performance sport coaching: Workplaces as sites for learning. In: CISC2006 Conference Organising Committee, 13th Commonwealth International Sport Conference Program and Abstracts. 13th Commonwealth International Sport Conference CISC2006, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (182-182). 9-12 March, 2006.

  • Cassidy, T., Rynne, S., Mallett, C. J., Tinning, R. I., Rossi, A. J., Allen, J., Hodge, K., Stanley, S., Bartlett, R. and Cote, J. (2006). The sport coach as learner. In: CISC2006 Conference Organising Committee, 13th Commonwealth International Sport Conference Program and Abstracts. 13th Commonwealth International Sport Conference CISC2006, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (182-182). 9-12 March, 2006.

  • Mallett, C. and Cote, J. (2005). Coach development and education. In: T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Levleva, G. Kolt and P. Tremayne, Proceedings of the 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 15-19 August, 2005.

  • Kawabata, Masato, Jackson, Susan A. and Mallett, Cliff J. (2005). Development and preliminary validation of the Japanese versions of the Flow State Scale-2 and Dispositional Flow Scale-2. In: Tony Morris, Peter C. Terry, Sandy Gordon, Stephanie Hanrahan, Lydia Ievleva, Gregory Kolt and P. Tremayne, ISSP 2005: Promoting Health and Performance for Life. Refereed Proceedings of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology: Promoting Health and Performance for Life, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 15-19 August 2005.

  • Mallett, C. J. and Cote, J. (2005). Evaluating the work of employed high performance coaches. In: T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt and P. Tremayne, Proceedings of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology: Promoting Health and Performance for Life, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, (). 15-19 August, 2005.

  • Mallett, C. J. and Rynne, S. (2005). How well does coach education research inform practice and practice inform research? Postgraduate programs in sports coaching. In: Proceedings of the 2005 International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) Global Coach Conference. 2005 International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) Global Coach Conference, Limerick, Ireland, (). 1-4 September, 2005.

  • Rynne, Steven, Mallett, Cliff and Tinning, Richard (2005). Learning in the workplace: high performance sport coaching. In: P. Hager and G. Hawke, Conference papers: 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning. 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, UTS, Sydney, (). 11-14 December 2005.

  • Vrljic, K. and Mallett, C. J. (2005). The knowledge of youth performance soccer coaches in identifying talented young soccer players. In: A. Cox, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Supplement. 2005 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sports, Melbourne, (24). 13-16 October, 2005.

  • Watts, M. C., Mallett, C. J. and Engstrom, C.M. (2004). Kinetics of the post block foot contacts in sprint running. In: C. Finch, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Supplement: 2004 Australian Conference Program and Abstracts. Hot Topics from the Red Centre, Alice Springs, (81). 6-9 October 2004.

  • Mallett, C. J. (2004). Sport science: What it tells us, what it doesn't and what it should. In: Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Inaugural National Conference. Exercise and Sports Science 2004 - From Research to Practice, Brisbane, (). 14-16 April 2004.

  • Mallett, C. J. (2003). Elite athletes: Why does the 'fire' burn so brightly?. In: Procedings of the 37th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference: Official Program. Making a Difference: From Research to the Real World, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (53-53). 27 September - 1 October, 2003.

  • Hooper, I. D., Fleming, H. M. and Mallett, C. J. (2000). Therapeutic exercise for the lumbar spine stability muscles in an elite sprinter. In: 2000 Pre-Olympic Congress Book of Abstracts. International Congress on Sport Science, Sports Medicine and Physical Education, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (-87). 7-12 September, 2000.

Other Outputs

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