Phone: +61 3 53276931
Room: P341
Position: Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, Defence Science Institute Liaison Manager
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science


  • PhD (Motor Learning and Control – University of Queensland)
  • MPhil (Motor Learning and Control – Australian Catholic University)
  • BA (Human Movement – Deakin University)

Teaching areas

  • Research Methods
  • Motor Learning and Control

Editorial Board Member

  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Journal of Expertise
  • Frontiers in Psychology
    • Movement Science and Sport Psychology
    • Performance Science

Professional associations

  • Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)

Research interests

Dr Müller has been invited to conduct research and advise on motor skill learning by several sports teams such as Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball, Cricket Australia and Hockey Australia. His research has featured in a Forbes article. Dr Müller’s research interests include:

  • Expertise and skill learning in sport and Defence
  • Visual anticipation, individual differences, and perceptual training
  • Transfer of skill learning
  • Interdisciplinary factors of performance, learning and transfer

Publications (Selected in last 5 years)

Refereed articles

Morris-Binelli, K., Müller, S., Van Rens, F. E. C. A., Harbaugh, A. G., & Rosalie, S. M. (2022). Individual differences and transfer of visual anticipation in expert female field hockey goalkeepers. Optometry and Vision Science, 99(2), 150-158.

Morris-Binelli, K., Müller, S., van Rens, F. E. C. A., Staniforth, D., Appleby, B., & Rosalie, S. M. (2021). Implementing skill acquisition research in high-performance sport: Reflecting on the importance of autonomy-support for successful collaboration. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action.

Müller, S., Brenton, J., & Mansingh, A. (2021). Sources of information pick-up for anticipation by skilled cricket batsmen. European Journal of Sport Science, 21(10), 1385-1393.

Morris-Binelli, K., Müller, S., van Rens, F., Harbaugh, A. G., & Rosalie, S. (2021). Individual differences in performance and learning of visual anticipation in expert field hockey goalkeepers. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 52, 101829.

Morris-Binelli, K., van Rens, F., Müller, S., & Rosalie, S. (2020). Psycho-perceptual-motor skills are deemed critical to save the penalty corner in international field hockey. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 51, 101753.

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Cripps, A., & Hoyne, G. (2020). Interdisciplinary sport research can better predict competition performance, identify individual differences & quantify task representation. Frontiers in Sports & Active Living: Elite Sports and Performance Enhancement, 2, 1-10

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Burgin, M., & Hoyne, G. (2019). Coach rating combined with small-sided games provides further insight into mental toughness in sport. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1552.

Brenton, J., Müller, S., & Harbaugh, A. G. (2019). Visual-perceptual training with motor practice of the observed movement pattern improves anticipation in emerging expert cricket batsmen. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37, 2114-2121.

Brenton, J., Müller, S., & Dempsey, A. (2019). Visual-perceptual training with acquisition of the observed motor pattern contributes to greater improvement of visual anticipation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 25, 333-342.

Müller, S., van Rens, F., Brenton, J., Morris-Binelli, K., Piggott, B., Rosalie,S., & Burgin, M. (2019). Embedding of psycho-perceptual-motor skills can improve athlete assessment and training programs. Journal of Expertise, 2, 14-22.

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Cripps, A., & Hoyne, G. (2019). Small-sided games can discriminate perceptual-cognitive-motor capability and predict disposal efficiency in match performance of skilled Australian footballers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 19, 1139-1145.

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Papaluca, C., & Hoyne, G. (2019). Is sports science answering the call for interdisciplinary research? A systematic review. European Journal of Sport Science, 19, 267-286.

Brenton, J., & Müller, S. (2018). Is visual-perceptual or motor expertise critical for expert anticipation in sport? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 36, 739-746.

Book chapter

Müller, S., & Rosalie, S. M. (2019). Transfer of expert visual-perceptual-motor skill in sport. In M. Williams & R. C. Jackson (Eds.), Anticipation and decision-making in sport. Oxfordshire, London: Routledge.

Conference paper

Müller, S., Dekker, E., Morris-Binelli, K., Piggott, B., Hoyne, G., & Hambrick, D. Z. (2021, November 29 - December 1). Expertise and skill learning knowledge can accelerate performance of soldiers Defence Human Sciences Symposium and Human Performance Research network Symposium

Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)

  • Supervised to completion three PhD projects with sport organizations of cricket (Western Australian Cricket Association), Australian football (WAFL) and field hockey (Hockey Australia).