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Dr Nikola Medic

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 63045879, Mobile: 0478136218, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.3100
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  63045879  
Mobile: 0478136218  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3100  


Nikola is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Exercise and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • Psychology of sport and exercise
  • Social psychology of athletic coaching
  • Foundations of Social Psychology
  • Psycho-social Aspects in Physical Activity and Chronic Disease
  • Research and computer methods in strength and conditioning


  • September 2008–present: Senior Lecturer, ECU
  • December 2007–August 2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA
  • JulyDecember 2007: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA
  • September–December 2006: Lecturer, Brock University
  • September–December 2005: Lecturer, Brock University

Professional Associations

  • Psychology Board of Australia
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • International Society of Sport Psychology
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology

Research Areas and Interests

  • Facilitation of intrinsic motivation and self-determination
  • Relative age effects in sport
  • Development and maintenance of sport expertise
  • Psychology of aging and physical activity
  • Masters athletes and lifetime commitment to sport
  • Mental training for optimal performance and well-being in sport

Staff Qualifications

  • Master of Arts, Canada .
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Canada .
  • Bachelors Degree, Canada .

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Grove, JR., Jackson, B., Longbottom, J., Medic, N., (2013), Distinguishing between positive and negative exercise habits. Applied topics in health psychology, 44-53, Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
  • Young, B., Medic, N., (2012), Expert Masters Sport Performers: Perspectives on Age-Related Processes, Skill Retention mMchanisms, and Motives. The Oxford Handbook on Sport and Performance Psychology, 493-511, New York, USA, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199731763.001.0001.
  • Medic, N., (2010), Dream it, live it, love it: The research evidence. 50 athletes over 50 teach us to live a strong, healthy, life: Tools, insights, and inspirations for living spectacularly, 163-176, Denver, CO.
  • Medic, N., (2010), Masters athletes. Routledge handbook of applied sport psychology: A comprehensive guide for students and practitioners , 387-395, London.

Journal Articles

  • Grove, JR., Zillic, I., Medic, N., (2014), A process-oriented measure of habit strength for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine, 2(1), 379?389, DOI: 10.1080/21642850.2014.896743.
  • Young, B., De Jong, G., Medic, N., (2014), Examining Relationships Between Passion Types, Conflict and Negative Outcomes in Masters Athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Article in press(Article in press), 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2014.932822.
  • Medic, N., Young, B., Grove, JR., (2013), Perceptions of five-year competitive categories: Model of how relative age influences competitiveness in Masters sport. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 12(4), 724-729, Turkey.
  • Wigglesworth, J., Young, B., Medic, N., Grove, JR., (2012), Examining gender differences in the determinants of masters swimmers? sport commitment. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10(3), 236-250.
  • Cheong, J., Lay, B., Grove, JR., Medic, N., Razman, R., (2012), Practicing field hockey skills along the contextual interference continuum: A comparison of five practice schedules. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 11(2), 304-311.
  • Medic, N., Young, B., Starkes, J., Weir, P., (2012), Relationship between having a coach and masters athletes? motivational regulations for sport and achievement goal orientations. International Journal of Coaching Science, 6(1), 65-79, Korea.
  • Medic, N., Young, BW., Medic, D., (2011), Participation-related relative age effects in Masters swimming: A 6-year retrospective longitudinal analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(1), 29-36, London, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2010.520726.
  • Young, BW., Piamonte, ME., Grove, JR., Medic, N., (2011), A longitudinal study of masters swimmers' commitment. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 42(5), 436-460.
  • Young, BW., Medic, N., (2011), Examining social influences on the sport commitment of Masters swimmers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12(2), 168-175, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.09.004.
  • Elferink-Gemser, M., Starkes, J., Medic, N., Lemmink, K., Visscher, C., (2011), What discriminates elite and sub-elite youth field hockey players?. Annals of Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 1(1), 30-46.

Conference Publications

  • Medic, N., Young, B., (2013), The Effect of Passion on Persistence and Dropout Behaviours of Masters Track and Field Athletes Over an Eight-Year Period. 5th International Conference On Self-Determination Theory: 2013 Conference Guide, 10.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Exploring Predictors Of Sport Commitment In Coaches.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Identification And Development Of Mental Toughness In Elite Cricket.
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