David Lavallee

Professor of Duty of Care in Sport

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Personal Profile

David Lavallee joined Abertay University in August 2017 as Professor of Duty of Care in Sport in the School of Social and Health Sciences. His academic qualifications include a PhD in sport psychology from the University of Western Australia, a Master’s degree in counselling psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boston College.

Research Interests

The central focus of David’s research is on the well-being and welfare of participants in sport. His research aims to grow trustworthiness in sport, and contribute to more responsible support for the people involved, whether they take part or deliver sport in some way. David has supervised 34 PhD students to completion and has been external examiner for over 40 PhD students. His ORCID ID is 0000-0002-3829-293X


David is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick, Ireland and was a recipient of an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2017. He has been invited to present his research in 18 countries, including 24 keynote addresses. He was invited to present his research as part of the launch of the UK Academy of Social Sciences publication, Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Sport and Leisure (Sport has a profound impact on society: World-leading research provides hard evidence) and the impact of his research was recognised in the Research Councils UK, Universities UK and British Universities and Colleges Sport publication, Supporting a UK success story: The impact of university research and sport development. David is also an Editorial Board member of several journals, including Sports Medicine.

Knowledge Exchange

David has been involved in knowledge exchange activities with numerous organisations including Nike, Land Rover, Dame Kelly Holms Trust, Gaelic Athletic Association, Women Ahead and EA Sports.

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Research Output 1996 2019

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A social support intervention to reduce intentions to drop-out from youth sport: the GAA super games centre

Lavallee, D., Sheridan, D., Coffee, P. & Daly, P., 2019, In : Psychosocial Intervention. 28, 1, p. 11-17 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Support
Social Identification
Youth Sports

Engagement in sport career transition planning enhances performance

Lavallee, D., 2019, In : Journal of Loss and Trauma. 24, 1, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Practitioners’ narratives regarding active ingredients in service delivery: collaboration-based problem solving

Tod, D., Hardy, J., Lavallee, D., Eubank, M. & Ronkainen, N., 31 Jul 2019, In : Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 43, p. 350-358 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clinical Psychology
Program Evaluation
Professional Practice
2 Citations (Scopus)
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The cultural transition of Indigenous Australian athletes’ into professional sport

Light, R. L., Evans, J. R. & Lavallee, D., 2019, In : Sport, Education and Society. 24, 4, p. 415-426 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
professional sports