School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Dr Meghan Casey

Phone: (03) 5327 9658
Room: P938
Position: Lecturer in Sport Management
Discipline: Human Movement and Sport Sciences


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Ballarat, 2012
  • Diploma of Project Management, University of Ballarat, 2005
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion) Honours, Deakin University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Deakin University, 2000

Teaching areas

  • Sport Management (Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Applied Sport Marketing, Sport Event Management)
  • Health Promotion

Professional associations

  • Sport and Medicine Australia

Grants and awards

  • 2014. Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M., & Casey, M. Victorians' participation in sport. Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. $20,000
  • 2013 Award: Wendy Ey, Women in Sport Award 2013, ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22-25 October, 2013 Phuket Thailand. Paper titled: Effectiveness of a program for adolescent girls linking physical education with community sport and recreation.
  • 2009-2012. Payne, W. (CI), Smyth, J. (CI), Telford, A.(CI), Casey, M. (PI), Mooney, A (PI), et al. Triple G "Girls Get Going" Program. ARC Linkage Projects – Industry Partner Grants, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation $75,000
  • 2009-2012 Payne, W. (CI), Smyth, J. (CI), Telford, A.(CI), Casey, M. (PI), Mooney, A (PI), et al. Promoting physical activity and wellbeing of rural- and regional-living girls. Helen Macpherson Smith Trust $31,680.
  • 2008. Casey, M & Payne, W. Welcoming and Inclusive Sport and Active Recreation Research Project, Central Highlands Sports Assembly, $38,500
  • 2008. Casey, M, Payne, W., Mooney, A. Evaluation of The Skit Project. Ballarat Community Health $22,748
  • 2006-2008. Payne, W., Harvey, J. Eime, R., Casey, M et al. Health Promotion and Physical Activity Capacity Building Grant, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation $200,000
  • 2001 Award: Heart Foundation Award for excellence in cardiovascular health advancement for the top student undertaking an Honours project with relevance to the prevention of cardiovascular disease 2001

Research interests

Dr Meghan Casey is a Lecturer in Sport Management and Researcher with extensive research experience in the sport and recreation field and demonstrated experience in managing large and complex research projects, including an Australian Research Council Linkage project. Her research has primarily focused on understanding the community, strategic and operational environments in which organisations operate and deliver physical activity and sport opportunities to foster environments that promote and support participation in physical activity and sport.  In particular, her research has explored the determinants of participation in physical activity and sport, which has been largely informed by socioecological theory; explored the capacity of sporting organisations to promote health through sport; examined organisational change within sporting organisations to implement health promotion strategies; and contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of a school and community-linked physical activity and sport intervention for adolescent girls. As a result of this research, Meghan has published widely in a range of well-regarded international peer reviewed journals and has informed program and policy development on a range of sport management issues (e.g. capacity, organisational changes, program development).

Supervised projects

I provide research supervision to postgraduate and honours students. Topics include:

  • The delivery of a drug education program in a local football club setting: Identifying facilitators and barriers to adoption and implementation. (Honours)
  • Engaging adolescent female students in compulsory physical education: Teachers' perceptions of opportunities and challenges (Honours).
  • Understanding the challenges to delivering health education in secondary schools (Honours).
  • Adolescent boys' responses to the Australian Football Leagues (AFL) 'Respect and Responsibility' Program, an initiative designed to educate males about respectful treatment of women (Honours).
  • Understanding the experiences of elite under 23 soccer players who are engaged in a Talented Identification and Development Program to understand the factors influencing continued participation and elite performance (Honours).


Casey, M., Harvey, J., Eime, R., Telford, A., Mooney, A., Smyth, J., & Payne, W. (2014). Effectiveness of a school-community linked program on physical activity levels and health-related quality of life of adolescent girls. BMC Public Health, 14(649), 1-15.

Casey, M., Telford, A., Mooney, A., Harvey, J., Eime, R., & Payne, W. (2014). Linking secondary school physical education with community sport and recreation for girls: A process evaluation. BMC Public Health, 14(1039), 1-14.

Eime, R. M., Casey, M. M., Harvey, J. T., Sawyer, N. A., Symons, C. M., & Payne, W. R. (In press). Socioecological factors potentially associated with participation in physical activity and sport: A longitudinal study of adolescent girls. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

Eime, RM., Sawyer, N., Harvey, JT., Casey, MM, Westerbek, H., Payne, WR. (In press). Integrating public health and sport management: Sport participation trends 2001 – 2012. Sport Management Review,

Mooney, A. & Casey, M. (2014). 'Girls get going': Using Game Sense to promote sport participation amongst adolescent girls in rural and regional contexts. In R. Light, S. Harvey, J. Quay & A. Mooney (Eds.), Contemporary developments in games teaching. Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge.

Smyth, J., Mooney, A., & Casey, M. (2014). Where has class gone? The pervasiveness of class in girls' physical activity in a rural town. Sport, Education and Society, 19(1): 1-18.

Casey, M., Mooney, A., Eime, R., Harvey, J., Smyth, J., Telford, A., & Payne, W. (2013). Linking physical education with community sport and recreation - A program for adolescent girls. Health Promotion Practice, 14(5): 721-31.

Casey, M., Harvey, J., Eime, R., & Payne, W. (2012). Examining changes in the organisational capacity and sport-related health promotion policies and practices of State Sporting Organisations, Annals of Leisure Research, 15(3), 261-276.

Casey, M. M., Payne, W. R., & Eime, R. M. (2012). Organisational readiness and capacity building strategies of sporting organisations to promote health. Sport Management Review, 15(1), 109-124.

Mooney, A., Casey, M., & Smyth, J. (2012). "You're no-one if you're not a netball girl": Rural and regional living adolescent girls' negotiation of physically active identities. Annals of Leisure Research, 15(1), 19-37.

Casey, M., Eime, R., Ball, K., & Payne, W. (2011). Characteristics of physically active and inactive men from low socioeconomic communities and housing estates: a qualitative study using the socioecological model. Annals of Leisure Research, 14(1), 1-21.

Casey, M., Harvey, J., Eime, R., & Payne, W. (2011). The test-retest reliability of a health promotion assessment tool in sport. Annals of Leisure Research, 14(4), 304-324.

Eime, R. M., Payne, W. R., Casey, M. M., & Harvey, J. T. (2010). Transition in participation in sport and unstructured physical activity for rural living adolescent girls. Health Education Research, 25(2), 282-293.

Casey, M. M., Eime, R. M., Payne, W. R., & Harvey, J. T. (2009). Using a Socioecological Approach to Examine Participation in Sport and Physical Activity Among Rural Adolescent Girls. Qualitative Health Research, 19(7), 881-893.

Casey, M. M., Payne, W. R., Brown, S. J., & Eime, R. M. (2009). Engaging community sport and recreation organisations in population health interventions: Factors affecting the formation, implementation, and institutionalisation of partnerships efforts. Annals of Leisure Research, 12(2), 129-147.

Casey, M. M., Payne, W. R., & Eime, R. M. (2009). Building the health promotion capacity of sport and recreation organisations: A case study of Regional Sports Assemblies. Managing Leisure, 14 (2), 112-124.

Casey, M. M., Payne, W. R., & Eime, R. M. (2009). Partnership and capacity-building strategies in community sports and recreation programs. Managing Leisure, 14(3), 167-176.

Casey, M. M., Payne, W. R., Eime, R. M., & Brown, S. J. (2009). Sustaining health promotion programs within sport and recreation organisations. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12(1), 113-118.

Spittle, M., Jackson, K., & Casey, M. (2009). Applying self-determination theory to understand the motivation for becoming a physical education teacher. Teaching and Teacher Education, 25(1), 190-197.

Callea, M. B., Spittle, M., O'Meara, J., & Casey, M. (2008). Primary school teacher perceived self-efficacy to teach fundamental motor skills. Research in Education, 79(1), 67-75.

Jewson, E., Spittle, M., & Casey, M. (2008). A preliminary analysis of barriers, intentions, and attitudes towards moderate physical activity in women who are overweight. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 11(6), 558-561.