Dr Dominic McNeil

Position: Senior Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Psychology
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science
Location: Mt Helen Campus, Room P337
Phone: (03) 5327 9445
Email: d.mcneil@federation.edu.au


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Teaching & Learning) – Deakin University – 2021

Doctor of Philosophy – University of Ballarat – 2015

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) – University of Ballarat – 2007

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) – University of Ballarat – 2006


  • Psychosocial Determinants of Physical Activity (HEALT1705)
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise (EXSCI2173)
  • Communication and Complex Conditions in Exercise Physiology Practice (EXPHS6014)


Dominic is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Exercise and Sport Science Discipline at Federation University Australia. Having worked in tertiary institutions in Victoria and NSW since 2012, he has developed a broad interest in areas associated with sport psychology, motor cognition, motor control, and motor learning. Dominic has been involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate subjects relating to Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Physical Activity, Motor Learning and Motor Control as well as Health and Physical Activity. Dominic initially obtained his PhD at the University of Ballarat investigating the conceptual issue of whether imagery involves facets of uncertainty. He is also a published author in a range of sport psychology and motor learning areas, as well as presented at national and international conferences.

Research interests

  • Psychological factors that influence Community Physical Activity and Health
  • Mental Health of Elite Athletes
  • Nature-based physical activity
  • Performance Psychology in Sport
  • Skill Acquisition


Dominic is currently available for supervision of Honours and Higher Degree Research Students.

He has previously been an PhD co-supervisor (2019) and successfully supervised 30+ Honours Student Thesis to submission.


Refereed journal articles

McNeil, D.G, Singh, A., & Chambers, T. P. (2022). Exploring nature- and social-connectedness as mediators of the relationship between nature-based exercise and subjective wellbeing. Ecopsychology

Cosh, S. Crabb, S., McNeil, D. G. & Tully, P. J. (2022). Constructions of athlete mental health post-retirement: A discursive analysis of stigmatising and legitimising versions of transition distress in the Australian broadcast media. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

Lawson, J. T., Wissing, R., Henderson-Wilson, C., Snell, T., Chambers, T. J., McNeil, D.G., & Nuttman, S. (2022). Health empowerment scripts: Simplifying social/green prescriptions. Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 889250. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.889250

McNeil, D.G., Loi, N.M., & Bullen, R. (2022) Investigating the moderating role of coping style on music performance anxiety and perfectionism. International Journal of Music Education. doi:10.1177/02557614221080523

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (2021). Imagery training for reactive agility: Performance improvements for decision time but not overall reactive agility. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 19, 429-445

McNeil, D., G., Spittle, M., & Thorsteinsson, E. B. (2021). Effect of task complexity on ipsilateral motor response programming to physically presented and imagined stimuli. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74, 760-770

Cosh, S. M., McNeil D. G., & Tully P. J. (2021). Poor mental health outcomes in crisis transitions: an examination of retired athletes accounting of crisis transition experiences in a cultural context. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 13, 604-623, DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2020.1765852

Jackman, L. C., Thorsteinsson, E., & McNeil, D. G. (2017). Perfect imperfections: Locus of control as a moderator between perfectionism and postnatal depression. SAGE Open, April to June 2017, 1-8.

Schutte, N., & McNeil, D. G. (2015). Athletic Identity Mediates Between Exercise Motivation and Beneficial Outcomes. Journal of Sport Behavior, 38 (2), 234-252.

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 and Sport Performance, 2, 42-49.

Kremer, P., Spittle, M., & McNeil, D. G. (2010). The effect of game situation information on video-based perceptual decision-making. Facta Universitatis, Series Physical Education and Sport, 8, 37-46.

Kremer, P., Spittle, M., McNeil, D. G., & Shinners, C. (2009). Amount of Mental Practice and Performance of a Simple Motor Task. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 109, 347-356.

Refereed conference proceedings

McNeil, D. G., Julian-Best, Z., & Casey, M. (2022). Wellbeing associated with Community-level Women’s AFL Participation: A Qualitative Analysis. Oral Presentation at the Global Alliance of Mental Health in Sport Conference. Wollongong, Australia.

Cosh, S., McNeil, D.G., Jeffreys, A., Clark, L., & Tully, P.J. (2022). A Review of Mental Health Help Seeking. Oral Presentation at the Global Alliance of Mental Health in Sport Conference. Wollongong, Australia.

Scroggin, S. A., & McNeil, D. G. (2019). Examining the relationship of growth mindset to positive psychology skills and competitive anxiety in athletes. Poster Presentation at the 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Munster, Germany.

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M. (2019). Exploring Ipsilateral Reacting to Imagined and Physical Stimuli. Oral Presentation at the 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Munster, Germany.

McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (2019). Training Reactions with Imagery: Exploring whether Response Behaviours Influence Reaction Time. Oral Presentation at the 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Munster, Germany.