Sandy Gordon Sandy Gordon

Sandy Gordon is a senior lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science at The University of Western Australia (Perth), where he teaches sport and exercise psychology and coaching psychology. He was born in Huntly, Scotland, and received a physical education diploma at Jordanhill College in Glasgow. Upon graduation he taught physical education at Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen for two years. Subsequently, he completed an advanced DipEd and ME degree through part-time study, during a six-year period teaching in the Department of Physical Education at Aberdeen University. In 1981 and 1986, respectively, he graduated with an MA and PhD in sport psychology from the University of Alberta in Canada before moving to Australia in 1987. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 book chapters and journal articles, and has presented more than 100 conference papers, a third of which were as an invited keynote speaker. In addition to mental toughness, his current research interests include resilience in sport, emotional labor in the service of professional sport, and the psycho-immunological aspects of sport injury. He is a Registered Sport Psychologist, Fellow Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and past National Chair of the APS College of Sport Psychologists. He serves on three editorial boards and regularly reviews for several other periodicals that publish applied sport psychology research. Sandy has contributed to coach education programs in more than 10 countries in addition to Australia and has extensive consulting experience in the performing arts and business, as well as sport.