Faculty of Health

Dr Chris Mesagno

Phone: (03) 5327 6136
Email: c.mesagno@federation.edu.au
Room: P903
Position: Senior Lecturer - Exercise and Sport Psychology
Discipline: Human Movement and Sport Sciences

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sport and Exercise Psychology)
  • Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Teaching areas

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Research methods
  • Psychosocial health care

Professional associations

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Grants and awards

Grants
  • Mesagno, C. (Principal Investigator: 2016-2017), Beckmann, J., & Gröpel, P.: Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme Grant. Project title: Choking under pressure: Interventions and mechanisms. 
  • Mesagno, C. (Principal Investigator: 2012-2013), & Hill, D. M.: AASP Research Grant. Project title: Investigating pre- and post-shot routines to improve sport performance (under pressure).
  • Mesagno, C. (Principal Investigator: 2012-2013), O'Brien, B., & Foy, D.: University of Ballarat Seeding Grant. Project title: Using Facebook as an exercise adherence intervention for overweight individuals.
  • O'Brien, B., Foy, D., & Mesagno, C. (Investigator: 2011): Trustees of the Telematics Trust. Project title: The efficacy of socially networked mobile physiological data as a training intervention and learning tool.
  • Mesagno, C. (Principal Investigator: 2009-2010): University of Ballarat Early Career Researcher Starter Grant. Project title: Testing and assessing a self-presentation model of choking in sport.
  • Finch, C., Else, D., Donaldson A., Payne W., Telford A., Bani-Mustafa, A., Blitvich, J., Boyrs, D., Cowley, S., Otago, L., Twomey, D., Ullah, S., Mesagno, C. (2009–2012). University of Ballarat Research Fund- Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Research Theme.
Awards
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology Dissertation Award (2007)
  • Herman W. Schnell Academic Achievement Memorial Scholarship University of Florida (2001)

Research interests

Christopher has presented numerous national and international papers focusing on stress and anxiety in sport performance and has successfully developed theory-matched interventions to improve performance for highly anxious and "choking-susceptible" athletes. He is currently conducting research to further conceptualise and expand a self-presentation model of choking under pressure. Christopher is also interested in how social media affects sport performance and exercise behaviours, with specific interests on whether Facebook can help improve health and well-being through better health related decision-making. With his expertise in anxiety, coping, attention, and improving concentration skills, he has worked with a number of athletes within a range of team and individual sports to enhance performance. 

Supervised projects

  •  Exploring the imagery experience of reactive skills: Are athletes able to imagine uncertainty?
  •  Testing the Interactionistic Perspective for Choking under Pressure
  •  Video-Based Training to Improve Decision-Making Skills of Australian Football Umpires
  • The Development of a Structural Equation Model for Athletic Identity in Australian Adolescent Athletes
  • A Randomised Controlled Trial of a High Intensity Interval Training Intervention using a Body Sensor Network and Facebook
  • The Influence of Exercise Bootcamp and Facebook on Quality of Life, Sense of Belonging and Depression
  • Investigating the Relationship between Sport Anxiety, Athletic Identity, Need to Belong, with Facebook Use
  • Investigating the Differences in Anxiety and Performance Based on the Perceived Importance in Real-World Competitions

Publications

Book chapters

Mesagno, C., Mornell, A., & Quinn, A. L.(expected release date June 2016). Choking under pressure in sport and music: Exploring the benefits of theory transfer across domains. In A. Mornell (Ed.), Art in Motion III. Performing under pressure. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Mesagno, C., Geukes, K., & Larkin, P. (2015). Choking under pressure: A review of current debates, literature, and interventions. In S. Mellalieu & S. Hanton (Eds), Contemporary Advances in Sport Psychology: A Review (pp148-174). London: Routledge.

("Follow" me on Twitter and ResearchGate- these publications can be downloaded from my ResearchGate webpage).

Peer reviewed articles

Beseler, B., Mesagno, C., Young, W., & Harvey, J. T. (2016). Igniting the pressure acclimatization training debate: Contradictory evidence from Australian Football. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39, 22-38.

Mesagno, C., Hill, D. M., & Larkin, P. (2015). Examining the accuracy and in-game performance effects between pre- and post-performance routines: A mixed methods study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 19, 85-94.

Lautenbach, F., Laborde, S., Mesagno, C., Lobinger, B. H., Achtzehn S. & Arimond, F. (2015). Non-automated pre-performance routine in tennis – An intervention study. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 123-131.

Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., & Spittle, M. (2014). Development of a valid and reliable video-based decision-making test for Australian football umpires. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17, 552-555.

Miller, K. J., & Mesagno, C. (2014). Personality traits and exercise dependence: Exploring the role of narcissism and perfectionism. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12, 368-381.

Larkin, P., O'Brien, B., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., Harvey, J. T., & Spittle, M. (2014). Assessment of decision-making performance and in-game physical exertion of Australian football umpires. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32, 1446-1453.

Mesagno, C., & Hill, D. M. (2013). Choking under pressure debate: Is there chaos in the brickyard? International Journal of Sport Psychology- Performance under Pressure, 4, 288-293.

Mesagno, C., & Hill, D. M. (2013). Definition of choking in sport: Re-conceptualization and debate. International Journal of Sport Psychology- Performance under Pressure, 4, 267-277.

Guekes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2013). Activation of self-focus and self-presentation traits under private, mixed, and public pressure. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 50-59.

Guekes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2013). Performing under pressure in private: Activation of self-focused traits. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11, 11-23.

Mesagno, C., & Marchant, D. (2013). Characteristics of polar opposites: An exploratory investigation of choking-resistant and choking-susceptible athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology- Single Case Research Design Special Issue, 25, 72-91.

Guekes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2012). Testing an interactionist perspective on the relationship between personality traits and performance under public pressure. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 243-250.

Spittle, M., McNeil, D. G., & Mesagno, C. (2012) Distribution of practice trials in the learning and retention of an applied sport skill. International Journal of Motor Learning & Sport Performance, 2 (2), 42-49.

Mesagno, C., Harvey, J. T., & Janelle, C. M. (2012). Choking under pressure: The role of fear of negative evaluation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 60-68.

Mesagno, C. (2011). Book review: Choke- What the secrets of the brain reveal about getting it right when you have to. The Sport Psychologist, 25, 551-553.

Mesagno, C., Harvey, J. T., & Janelle, C. M. (2011). Self-presentation origins of choking: Evidence from separate pressure manipulations. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 33, 441-459.

Mesagno, C., & Mullane-Grant, T. (2010). A comparison of different pre-performance routines as possible "choking" interventions.

Mesagno, C., Marchant, D., & Morris, T. (2009). Alleviating choking: The sounds of distraction. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 131-147.

Mesagno, C., Marchant, D., & Morris, T. (2008). Using a pre-performance routine to alleviate choking under pressure in "choking-susceptible" athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 22, 439-457.

Invited Keynote Conference Presentation

Mesagno, C. (2014). "Choking under pressure" in sport and music: Key concepts, theories, and interventions. Opening Keynote Presentation for German Association for Sport Psychology (ASP) Conference, Munich, Germany.

Conference Presentations

Paliadelis, P., Wood, P., Mesagno, C., Penney, W. & Porter, J. (2015). Learning from final year nursing students stories of rural practice. National Rural Health Conference, Darwin, Australia.

Mesagno, C., & Hill, D. M. (2014). Examining pre- and post-performance routines to improve accuracy and in-game performance. Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Las Vegas, U.S.A.

O'Brien, B. J., Mesagno, C., & Foy, D. L. (2014).Using Facebook to increase physical activity participation in sedentary females: Lessons learned. AASP, Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Encel, K., & Mesagno, C., (2014). Exploring Facebook use and its relationship with sport and sport anxiety constructs. AASP, Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Hill, D. M., & Mesagno, C. (2014). A narcissistic and self-indulgent tale of a choker: A legitimate role for autoethnography within the choking under pressure literature. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference, Loughborough, U.K.

Hill, D. M., Mesagno, C., & Cotterill, S. T. (2014). The impact of pre- and post-shot routines on sport performance. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference, Loughborough, U.K.

Armstrong, S., & Mesagno, C. (2014). The influence of exercise bootcamp and Facebook on psychosocial health. Positive Psychology and Well-Being Conference. Melbourne, Australia.

Geukes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2013). Choking under pressure: Pressure concepts. International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), Beijing, China.

Mesagno, C. (2013). Choking under pressure: Current debates. In C. Mesagno (Chair), Aspects of choking: Current debates, pressure concepts, antecedents, and possible prevention. Symposium presented at the meeting of the ISSP, Beijing, China.

Larkin, P., Berry, J., Mesagno, C., & Spittle, M. (2013). Can video-based methods improve Australian football umpires decision-making skill? ISSP, Beijing, China.

Beseler, B., Mesagno, C., & Young, W. (2013). Acclimatisation training and its effect on set shot goal kicking accuracy in Australian Football. ISSP, Beijing, China.

Miller, K. J., & Mesagno, C. (2013). Examining personality traits and exercise dependence: The role of narcissism and perfectionism. ISSP, Beijing, China.

Beseler, B., Mesagno, C., & Young, W. (2013). Specificity of practice: Contradictory evidence from performance under pressure in Australian football. Australiasian Skill Acquisition Research Group (ASARG) Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Beseler, B., Mesagno, C., & Young, W. (2012). Acclimatising to the psychological pressure in Australian Rules football: Is it an effective method of practicing? APS College of Sport Psychologists (COSP) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Larkin, P., Berry, J., Mesagno, C., & Spittle, M. (2012). Video-based training improves decision making skills of Australian football umpires. Australiasian Skill Acquisition Research Group (ASARG) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Geukes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2012). A test of performance under pressure on three points in the private to public pressure continuum. ASARG Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Geukes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2012). Ist Druck gleich Druck? Trait-Aktivation und die Vorhersage von Leistung (Does pressure equal pressure? Trait activation and the prediction of performance). Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft f??r Sportpsychologie (Conference of the Association of Sport Psychology), Kiel/Oslo, Hamburg.

Conway, L., Pascoe, D., & Mesagno, C. (2012). A 15 week exercise-based falls prevention intervention for community dwelling older adults. Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), Gold Coast, Australia.

*Mesagno, C. (2011). Stress and anxiety: Practical applications for teachers and coaches. Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (2011). Training perceptual skills: Using imagery to improve choice reaction time performance. ASPASP International Congress in Sport Psychology, Bangkok, Thailand.

Larkin, P., Berry, J., Mesagno, C., & Spittle, M. (2011). Video-based training to improve Australian football umpires decision-making skill. Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), Perth, Australia.

Mesagno, C. (2011). From athletic identity and psychological predictors to existing choking models: The full Self-Presentation Model explained. In C. Mesagno (Chair), Choking under pressure and clutch performance: Introducing debate, new theories and future research. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

Guekes, K., Mesagno, C., Hanrahan, S. J., & Kellmann, M. (2011). Personality and performing under pressure: An interactionist principle of trait activation. European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) Conference, Madiera, Portugal.

*Pascoe, D., Conway, L., & Mesagno, C. (2011). The physical, psychological, and social effects of a 15 week exercise-based falls prevention program. Victorian SMA, Melbourne, Australia.

Mesagno, C., & Janelle, C. M. (2010). Extending explanatory choking models by evaluating the role of self-presentation as a function of heightened anxiety. AASP, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., Morris, T., Evans, S., & Mesagno, C. (2010). Imagining unpredictable stimuli: Implications for the applied use of imagery. In T. Morris (Chair), Imagining the future: New developments in imagery in sport. Symposium presented at the meeting of the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Melbourne, Australia.

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (2010). An applied study of massed and distributed practice trials in the learning of a discrete and continuous soccer skill. ICAP, Melbourne, Australia.

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., Morris, T., Mesagno, C., & Evans, S. (2010). Self-generation of stimulus choices in imagery: A reactive or preplanned experience? ICAP, Melbourne, Australia.

Mesagno, C., & Janelle, C. M. (2010). Fear of negative evaluation is an antecedent to choking under pressure. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

Guekes, K., Mesagno, C., & Kellmann, M. (2010). Selbstverliebt erfolgreich - Chokingresistenz als Erfolgsfaktor? (Narcissistic success- Choking resistance as a factor of success?). German Association for Sport Psychology (ASP) Conference, Salzburg, Austria.

Mesagno, C. (2010). When trying to make a good impression negatively affects performance: Examining a self-presentation model of choking under pressure. APS College of Sport Psychologists (COSP) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.      

Mesagno, C. (2009). Choking under pressure: Toward a self-presentation explanation of why athletes use self-monitoring techniques. International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), Marrakesh, Morocco.

Mesagno, C., & Spittle, M. (2009). Is choking under pressure a media myth or the real deal? Australian students perspectives and descriptions. ISSP, Marrakesh, Morocco.

McNeil, D. G., Kremer, P., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (2009). Mental practice dose response on a motor performance: Applied use for skill development. APS COSP Conference, Melbourne, Australia.Mesagno, C.,

& Mullane-Grant, T. (2009). Routine is important: Identifying components of pre-performance routines that minimise choking effects. APS COSP Conference, Melbourne, Australia