Research 2017-05-19T13:38:49+00:00

Balance & Optimising Performance:


Hannah’s tertiary background includes degrees in Sport Science and Sport Management (with honours) from Deakin University. Hannah is currently undertaking a PhD by publication at La Trobe University, has a Diploma in Mindfulness, and is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Hannah’s expertise and areas of interest include:

  • Emotional, mental, social and physical well-being

  • Positive psychology evidence-based techniques to optimize life

  • Strengths, optimism, gratitude, resiliency, and helping others

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Elite sport, Paralympic sport and inclusion

  • Behavior change and transition

  • Strength and need identification and management

  • Qualitative and quantitative research techniques

As part of her PhD, Hannah completed a Para Athlete Well-Being and Performance Enhancement program. Not only was the program extremely successful, she received feedback that included “I now have light at the end of the tunnel –words cannot express what you had the program have given me”. Rewarding research? Most definitely!

Listen to Hannah speaking about her research as part of the 3 minute thesis competition or on Joy 94.9. Hannah’s interview starts at 27.20mins.


Hannah’s publications include:

Macdougall, H.K., Karg, A., O’Halloran, P., Shields, N., & Sherry, E. (submitted). Measuring the Sport-Specific Well-Being of Australia Para and Olympic Sport Athletes.

Macdougall, H.K., O’Halloran, P., Shields, N., & Sherry, E. (submitted). Putting the Athlete First: A Comprehensive Measurement of Australian Elite Athlete Well-Being.

Macdougall, H.K., O’Halloran, P., Shields, N., & Sherry, E. (2016). Strengths and Needs of Australian Para Athletes: Identifying the Subjective, Psychological, Social, and Physical Health and Well-Being. The Sports Psychologist.

Macdougall, H.K., O’Halloran, P., Shields, N., & Sherry, E. (2015). Comparing the Well-Being of Para and Olympic Sport Athletes: A Systematic Review. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 32, 256 -276.

Macdougall, H. K., Nguyen, S. N., & Karg, A. J. (2014). ‘Game, Set, Match’: An exploration of congruence in Australian disability sport sponsorship. Sport Management Review, 17(1), 78-89.