Dr Lisa Martin
Director; Sport and Performance Psychologist
PhD MPsych(Sport&Exercise) BA(Psych)(Hons) MAPS
Lisa has extensive experience in her field, having provided psychological support and strategies to both individuals and teams over the past 20 years. She currently works with athletes from a range of sports, including basketball, football, swimming, tennis, golf, surf sports, netball, hockey, triathlon (including ironman), soccer, and canoeing. Lisa specialises in assisting athletes, coaches, and other high-achieving individuals operating in high pressure situations and environments to access their optimal levels of performance. She also assists individuals who are facing transition in their lives (both sport-related and not). In sport, many times life changes can occur as a result of injury, relocation, deselection, or retirement. It can also be due to moving from an amateur to a professional level of competition or adapting to a new life event. Lisa also works frequently with medical professionals to assist them as they prepare for their specialist medical examinations.
Lisa aims to coach individuals to re-establish purpose and balance in their lives, along with appropriate levels of self-care by assisting them to overcome issues such as self-doubt, difficulties with motivation or focus, negativity,
and nervousness. Many of these factors underlie common psychological problems such as adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, stress and burnout. She has a special interest in neuroscience and seeks to educate her clients as best as she can so that they develop a strong understanding of their current circumstances, how they may have arisen, and how they may be overcome. Lisa uses an Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework, incorporating mindfulness techniques and other somatic and cognitive strategies, to aid her client’s progress.
Lisa was the lead psychologist for the Australian Paralympic Swim Team, working and travelling with the team for a period of three years. She has also worked as a lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 2004-2020, leading to her presenting her research both domestically and internationally. Most recently she presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) in the USA on "The impact of dispositional mindfulness on the competitive performance and psychological readiness of elite swimmers" .
Lisa bases herself between both the USA and Australia. In order to book an appointment with Lisa, please email .
Qualifications: Dr Lisa Martin is a registered sport and performance psychologist, a PsyBA approved supervisor, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP). Lisa specialises in stress and injury management and dealing with transition. She completed her PhD in the area of elite athlete career transition, psychological well-being, and self identity in 2012. She also has Masters qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Honours.