MICHELLE PAIN

Senior Sport Psychologist

Michelle Pain
Michelle Pain is one of the pioneers of modern-day sports psychology in Australia.

Favourite Sporting Moment: Australia winning the America’s Cup using the infamous winged keel in 1983. It really cemented the view that money, history, and home ground advantage can be overcome by a hard-working team on a mission.

Location: Michelle is based in Melbourne, Australia. She sees Victorian clients from her home office in Mentone and everyone else via webcam.

Psychologist Registration Number with the Psychology Board of Australia PSY0001119210

More About Michelle …

Michelle completed her all her degrees at Monash University (BSc 1981-83; DepEdPsych 1984; MEd 1985 – 1987; and a part-time PhD 1988-1994). She played netball and competed in track and field, becoming a team manager and official (and she was made a Life Member at Doncaster Athletic Club in 1991).

Michelle’s interest in sport psychology was piqued by a fellow 400m hurdler. She noted that she would train and perform brilliantly in National competitions but would be affected by nerves in international competitions.

Having nearly completed an undergraduate psychology degree, Michelle enquired of her Head of Department how one became a sport psychologist in Australia. Upon hearing that it was only possible in the USA, resolved to work toward establishing Australia’s first sport psychology coursework Masters degree. Which she did at Monash University in 1992). She has taught (or continues to teach) sport psychology units at Monash and Deakin universities since 1988.

More Than Thirty Years of Experience

Michelle has had 30+ years of experience as a practising sport psychologist. She has worked with athletes and coaches at every level. She helped establish sport psychology as a specialist title within psychology in Australia. Furthermore Michelle introduced psychological testing at the AFL Draft Camp and has worked with multiple AFL clubs to help them select recruits. She later developed resources for athletes around the world to assist their development of sport psychology skills.

Michelle has two adult sons. Her eldest son has competed at the elite level of gymnastics for the last 10 years. A few years ago she helped him recover from a spinal injury which ultimately saw him successfully return to sport after 2 years on the sidelines. Michelle’s youngest son is a part-owner of an eSports organisation. This has resulted in Michelle becoming very familiar with the psychology of eSports.


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