Assoc Prof Christopher Mesagno
Phone: (03) 53276136
Position: Senior Lecturer - Exercise and Sport Psychology
Discipline: Exercise and sport sciences
- PhD (Sport and Exercise Psychology- 2006)
- Masters of Sport and Exercise Sciences (2001)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology- 1999)
- Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Teaching- 2017)
- Sport and exercise psychology
- Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour
- Communication and Complex Conditions in Exercise Physiology Practice
- Member, Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
- Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
- Member, Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
- Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Human Psychology
- Editorial Board, Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Editorial Board, Journal of Sport Psychology in Action
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 physical activity can play a part in stress resilience and investigates how cognitive appraisal helps 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 numerous athletes within a range of team and individual sports to enhance performance.
Publications (Last 5 years)
Mesagno, C., Ehrlenspiel, F., Wergin, V. V., & Gröpel, P. (in press). Choking under pressure: Future research for individual and team perspectives. In E. Fihlo & I. Basevitch (Ed.), The Unknown in Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology: Research Questions to Move the Field Forward. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ehrlenspiel, F., & Mesagno, C. (in press). Anxiety in sports. In J. Schüler, M. Wegner, H. Plessner, & R. Eklund (Eds), Sport Psychology Basics and Application (English version). Berlin: Springer.
Ehrlenspiel, F., & Mesagno, C. (2020). Angst im sport (Fear in sports). In J. Schüler, M. Wegner, & H. Plessner (Eds), Sport Psychologie Grundlagen und Anwendung (Sport Psychology Basics and Application) (pp. 268-306). Berlin: Springer.
Mesagno, C., (2019). Three separate entries: Deceptive behaviour, choking under pressure, and stereotype threat. In D. Hackfort, R. J. Schinke, & B. Strauss (Eds.), Dictionary of Sport Psychology. London: Elsevier.
Cappuccio, M. L., Gray, R., Hill, D. M., Mesagno, C., & Carr, T. H.(2019). The many threats of self-consciousness: Embodied approaches to choking under pressure in sensorimotor skills. In M. L. Cappuccio (Ed.), Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology (pp. 101-155). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Mesagno, C., Mornell, A., & Quinn, A. L.(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 (pp. 23-57). 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 (pp. 148-174). London: Routledge
Mesagno, C., Hill, D. M., Steptoe, K., & Brown, D. J. (in press). Sport performance interventions: Evaluating past strategies and provide future recommendations. International Journal of Sport Psychology: Special Issue 50th Anniversary.
Gröpel, P., Mesagno, C., & Beckmann, J. (in press). Pre-shot routines to improve competitive performance: A case study of a group of elite pistol shooters. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology,
McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (in press). Imagery training for reactive agility: Performance differences for decision time but not overall reactive agility. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2019.1696866
Mesagno, C., Tibbert, S. J., Buchanan, E., Harvey, J. T., & Turner, M. J. (in press). Irrational beliefs and choking under pressure: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2020.1737273
O’Donohue, J. S., Mesagno, C., & O’Brien, B. (in press). How can stress resilience be monitored? A systematic review of measurements in humans. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00226-9
Calverley, H., Davis, P., Harvey, J, & Mesagno, C. (2020). Examining group differences in emotion regulation strategies and the state and trait anxiety of lifeguards and non-lifeguards in a real-world precompetitive situation. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 12(2), Article 4.
Demetriou, A., Jago, A., Gill, P. R., Mesagno, C., & Ali, L. (2020). Forced retirement transition: A narrative case study of an elite Australian Rules football player. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 18, 321-335.https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1519839
Wergin, V. V., Beckmann, J., Gröpel, P., & Mesagno, C. (2020). Investigating cumulative effects of pre-performance routine interventions in beach volleyball serving. PLOS ONE, 15(1), e0228012. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228012
Miller, K. J., Gonçalves-Bradley, D. C., Areerob, P., Hennessy, D., Mesagno, C., & Grace, F. (2020). Comparative effectiveness of three exercise types to treat clinical depression in older adults: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized control trials. Ageing Research Reviews, 58, 100999.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2019.100999
Miller, K. J., Mesagno, C., McLaren, S., Grace, F., Yates, M., & Gomez, R. (2019). Exercise, mood, self-Efficacy, and social support as predictors of depressive symptoms in older adults: Direct and interaction effects. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2145. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02145
Mesagno, C., Garvey, J., Tibbert, S. J., & Gröpel, P. (2019). An investigation into handedness and choking under pressure in sport. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90, 217-226. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2019.1588935
Wergin, V. V., Mallett, C. J., Mesagno, C., Zimanyi, Z.,& Beckmann, J. (2019). When you watch your team fall apart – Coaches’ and sport psychologists’ perceptions on causes of collective sport team collapse. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1331. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01331
Gröpel, P., & Mesagno, C. (2019). Choking interventions in sports: A systematic review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12, 176-201. https://doi.org/10.1080/1750984X.2017.1408134
Mesagno, C., Beckmann, J., Wergin, V. V., & Gröpel, P. (2019). Primed to perform: Comparing different pre-performance routine interventions to improve accuracy in closed, self-paced motor tasks. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 43, 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.01.001
Wergin, V. V., Zimanyi, Z., Mesagno, C., & Beckmann, J. (2018). When suddenly nothing works anymore within a team – Causes of collective sport team collapse. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2115. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02115
Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., Spittle, M., & Harvey, J. (2018). Video-based training to improve the perceptual-cognitive decision-making performance of Australian football umpires. Journal of Sport Sciences, 36, 239-346.
Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., & Spittle, M. (2018). Exploration of the perceptual-cognitive processes that contribute to in-game decision-making of Australian football umpires. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 16, 112-124.
Kavanagh, B. E., Harvey, J. T., & Mesagno, C. (2017). Social anxiety mediates the relationship between social connectedness and test anxiety: An exploratory investigation. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 1, 60-69.
Mesagno, C., & Beckmann, J. (2017). Choking under pressure: Theoretical models and interventions. Current Opinions in Psychology, 16, 170-175.
Geukes, K., Harvey, J. T., Trezise, A., & Mesagno, C. (2017). Personality and performance in real-world competitions: Testing trait activation of fear of negative evaluation, dispositional reinvestment, and athletic identity in the field. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 30, 101-109.
Encel, K., Mesagno, C., & Brown, H. (2017). Exploring Facebook use and its relationship with sport anxiety. Journal of Sport Sciences, 35, 756-761.
Kavanagh, B. E., Ziino, S. A., & Mesagno, C. (2016). A comparative investigation of test anxiety, coping strategies and perfectionism between Australian and United States students. North American Journal of Psychology, 18, 555-570.
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.
Grants (last 5 years)
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. Total funding: $22,800.
Klein., B., Foale C., Lauder, S., McLaren, S, Charchar, F., Meyer, D., Porter J., Clinnick, L., Denham J., Mitchell, J., Gill, P., Eime, R., Mesagno C. (Investigator), & Temple E. Federation University Faculty of Health Seeding Grant. (2015). Project title: Improving wellness: A randomised controlled trial comparing the Mindfulness eHealth and Physical Activity eHealth programs. Total funding: $5000.
Temple, E., Gill, P. R., Mesagno, C. (Investigator: 2015-2016), & O’Brien, B. City of Ballarat Wellbeing Study. School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Federation University Faculty of Health Seeding Grant: $4,000 & City of Ballarat Grant; $32,000.
Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)
Dominic G. McNeil (Principal supervisor) PhD dissertation (2015) “Examining Imagery Performance and Training of Reactive Tasks”