Vella, Stewart A. Dr

Senior Research Fellow

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology

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Research Overview


  • Dr Vella is a Senior Research Fellow in the Early Start Research Institute at UOW, a Movember Foundation Men's Health Partner, and a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Vella is a developmental sport psychologist with specific expertise in the relationships between sport participation and multiple indicators of health during childhood and adolescence. Using large and nationally representative datasets he has linked participation in organised sports during childhood and adolescence with increased levels of physical activity, enhanced social and emotional functioning, enhanced health-related quality of life, personality change, and protection against mental health problems. He is currently leading a national, multi-institution, multi-component, community-based project to promote mental health, prevent mental health problems, and target early intervention using organised sporting clubs. He has initiated and is actively leading research collaborations with the Australian Sports Commission, Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW, the Australian Football League (AFL), Football Federation Australia, Basketball Australia, Swimming Australia, Tennis Australia, the Black Dog Institute, the Australian Drug Foundation. Dr Vella has over $2 million in competitive grant funding as the lead researcher. He is currently Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the review panel of the International Sport Coaching Journal.

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Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Do Physical Activity and Electronic Screen Behaviours Influence Psychosocial Development in Preschool Children? McNeill, Jade
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) A Trial of a Sports-Based Mental Health Literacy Program to Promote Help Seeking in Young Males Liddle, Sarah
    Doctor of Philosophy A Sports-Based Family Intervention to Promote Mental Health among Adolescent males. Hurley, Diarmuid
    Doctor of Philosophy Using psychological techniques to improve the performance of world class cyclists Spindler, David
    Doctor of Philosophy The Experience and Occurrence of Optimal Performance States in Sport Schweickle, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Influence of Coach Feedback on the Motivation and Development of Primary School Sport Participants Wilsmore, Brent

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dr Vella is a Senior Research Fellow in the Early Start Research Institute at UOW, a Movember Foundation Men's Health Partner, and a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Vella is a developmental sport psychologist with specific expertise in the relationships between sport participation and multiple indicators of health during childhood and adolescence. Using large and nationally representative datasets he has linked participation in organised sports during childhood and adolescence with increased levels of physical activity, enhanced social and emotional functioning, enhanced health-related quality of life, personality change, and protection against mental health problems. He is currently leading a national, multi-institution, multi-component, community-based project to promote mental health, prevent mental health problems, and target early intervention using organised sporting clubs. He has initiated and is actively leading research collaborations with the Australian Sports Commission, Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW, the Australian Football League (AFL), Football Federation Australia, Basketball Australia, Swimming Australia, Tennis Australia, the Black Dog Institute, the Australian Drug Foundation. Dr Vella has over $2 million in competitive grant funding as the lead researcher. He is currently Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the review panel of the International Sport Coaching Journal.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Do Physical Activity and Electronic Screen Behaviours Influence Psychosocial Development in Preschool Children? McNeill, Jade
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) A Trial of a Sports-Based Mental Health Literacy Program to Promote Help Seeking in Young Males Liddle, Sarah
    Doctor of Philosophy A Sports-Based Family Intervention to Promote Mental Health among Adolescent males. Hurley, Diarmuid
    Doctor of Philosophy Using psychological techniques to improve the performance of world class cyclists Spindler, David
    Doctor of Philosophy The Experience and Occurrence of Optimal Performance States in Sport Schweickle, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Influence of Coach Feedback on the Motivation and Development of Primary School Sport Participants Wilsmore, Brent
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