Institute of Sports Science

Prof. Donna O'Connor

Institute of Sports Science
Wilhelmstraße 124
Consultation Times (PDF)

Main research

  • Coaching pedagogy
  • Coach development and performance
  • Athlete development
  • Injuries in rugby league

Short vita

ICCE Trained Coach Developer
Since 2018
Professor of Sports Coaching, Program Director - Health and Physical Education and Sports Coaching

University of Sydney

Excellence in Teaching Award

Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

Outstanding contribution to student Learning Award
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching

University of Sydney

High Performance Coach

Australian Women’s Basketball team

Strength & Conditioning coach

North Queensland Cowboys NRL

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Sydney

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Haddad, G., O’Connor, D. & Burns, K. (2021). The decision to adopt a formal athlete leadership group: Qualitative insights from professional football coaches. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 52, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101803
  • Ford, P., Hodges, N., Broadbent, D., O’Connor, D., Scott, D., Datson, N., Andersson, H. & Williams, A.M. (2020). The developmental and professional activities of female international soccer players from five high-performing nations. Journal of Sports Science, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1789384
  • Cupples, B., O’Connor, D. & Cobley, S. (2020). Assessing the ecological context strengths of school-based talent development programmes in rugby league. Research Quarterly Exercise and Sport, DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2020.1769010
  • O’Connor, D., Gardner, L., Larkin, P. & Pope, A.  (2020). Positive youth development and gender differences in high performance contexts. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38(11-12), 1399-1407.

Functions and memberships

  • Member of the World Congress Science and Football Steering Committee
  • Member of National Rugby League Research Board