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Prof Gary Hermansson PhD

Professor in Sport Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition


  • Hermansson, G.L. (with Webb, S.B.) (2009).Eclectic Counselling: Working with an Integrated Model (3rd edition). Palmerston North: Inside-Out Books. 
  • Hermansson, G.L. (2011). Going Mental in Sport: Excelling Through Mind-Management. Palmerston North: Inside-Out Books. 

Articles & Chapters

  • Hermansson, G.L. & Hodge, K. (2012). Uncontrollable outcomes: Managing expectations at the Olympics. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action (Special Edition – London Olympic Games), Vol 3,2, pp. 127-138.
  • Hodge, K., & Hermansson, G. (2009). Psychological Preparation of Athletes for the Olympic Context: Team Culture and Team-Building. In R. Schinke (Ed.), Contemporary Sport Psychology (pp. 55-70). New York, USA: Nova Science.
  • Hodge, K., & Hermansson, G. (2007). Psychological preparation of athletes for the Olympic context: The New Zealand Summer and Winter Olympic Teams. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 9 (4)
  • Blackett, J. & Hermansson, G.L. (2005). Guidance and Counselling of the gifted and talented in New Zealand. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, Vol.27, N2, pp.277-288.

Conference Presentations

  • Sport & Alcohol Conference, Auckland, 2011 (Sept): The Good, the 'Not so Good' and the 'Down-right' Ugly: Alcohol in sport – a psychological perspective.
  • SESNZ Conference, Auckland, 2011 (Nov): The Mind-Management Coach: Keeping your head "when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you…" (Rudyard Kipling).
  • Japanese School Psychologists' National Conference, Osaka, 2011 (Aug.) – Invited Plenary Keynote Address: Eclectic Counselling Models and their Effectiveness.
  • Japanese School Psychologists' National Conference, Osaka, 2011 (Aug.) – Invited Plenary Workshop: Effective Counselling Skills in Action.
  • Australian Conference on Counselling and Supervision, Brisbane, 2005 (Oct.): Invited Plenary Keynote Address: Preparing Frodo: The quest for quality in counsellor education.

Editorial Work

  • Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling (IJAC).

Consultancy Work

  • NZ Psychologists' Registration Board (2012): Expert Working Group: Towards determining criteria for the Counselling Psychology scope of practice.
  • NZOC – Women in Sport Working Group (2006 – continuing): Expert Working Group: Towards increasing gender balance in governance within NZ sporting organisations.
  • NZ Basketball – Commissioned Report on Youth Basketball Tournament Protocols (2009): In-depth interviews and submission of Report – addressing a specific serious incident and establishing protocols and procedures for the future.
  • Equestrian Sport NZ – Commissioned Review of High Performance Programme (2008): In-depth interviews and submission of Report – leading to major and successful changes in HP structure and personnel.

Sport Psychology Practice:

  • NZ Team Psychologist:NZ Cricket Team 2005-2008
  • NZ Commonwealth Games Team – Kuala Lumper (1998); Mancehster (2002); Melbourne (2006); Delhi (2010); Glasgow (2014)
  • NZ Olympic Team – Sydney (2000); Athens (2004); Beijing (2008); London (2012)

Contract Sport Psychology Provider:

  • Central Districts Cricket Team (2005- continuing)
  • NZ Academy of Sport/ High Performance Sport NZ (2001- continuing) – 
  • IRANZ – International Rugby Academy 
  • Massey Sport Academy 
  • Private SP consulting work with Athletes, Coaches, Teams, Clubs and Organisations

Public Speaking and Media Exposure

  • Personal profile as a leading NZ Sport Psychologist - involved a wide range of public speaking engagements.
  • Interviewed and written about in various media outlets (print, radio, TV)

Previously Professor in Counsellor Education & HOD Department of Health & Human Development. Currently Professor of Sport Psychology & Professor Emeritus. Contract 0.2 position.  Actively involved as a Sport Psychologist working with High Performance Sport NZ and with various sporting bodies, athletes and coaches.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 3569099 ext. 83821
    Location: 1.29, PTC
    Campus: Turitea


  • Diploma in Social Science - Victoria University (1965)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) - University of California (Berkeley) (1968)
  • Diploma in Education - Massey University (1975)
  • Master of Arts - Massey University (1978)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (1980)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Performance/Sport Psychology; Counselling


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199): Social and Community Psychology (170113): Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)





Research Outputs


Hermansson, GL. (2005). Picking up the privilege. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 27(3), 341-343
[Journal article]Authored by: Hermansson, G.
Hermansson, GL., & Webb, SB. (1993). Guidance and counselling in New Zealand: Weathering a decade of transformation. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 16(3), 213-227
[Journal article]Authored by: Hermansson, G.
Hermansson, GL., Webster, AC., & McFarland, K. (1988). Counselor Deliberate Postural Lean and Communication of Facilitative Conditions. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 35(2), 149-153
[Journal article]Authored by: Hermansson, G.
Hermansson, GL. (1988). Field-based counselor training: A program built around distance education. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 11(4), 255-263
[Journal article]Authored by: Hermansson, G.

Consultancy and Languages


  • 2000 - ongoing - Sport Organisations
    Various involvements in sport & exercise fields


  • English
    Last used: Ongoing
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 3
CoSupervisor 0 2


Sport Psychology

Thesis supervision

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Warrick Wood - PhD
    Perceptions of Coaching Behaviour: An Investigation of Athlete Needs Satisfaction
  • Jeremy Hapeta - PhD
    An examination of the interface of cultures in New Zealand Rugby: narratives and perspectives from players, coaches and team case studies

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2003 - Ms Barbara Lois Maclean - PhD
    Grief and its resolution
  • 2002 - Mr Stuart Alan Middleton - PhD
    The Dynamics of Transformation at the Auckland College of Education 1985-2000 : An Analysis of the impact of Socio-political and Institutional change on Pre- Service Teacher Education.
  • 1998 - Mrs Diana Jane McIntyre - PhD
    The Role of Career Development in Relation to the Developmental Contextual Position of Young People in New Zealand.

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2007 - Barrie Arthur Gordon - PhD
    An Evaluation of an Implementation of the 'Responsibility Model' in a New Zealand Secondary School Physical Education Programme
  • 2005 - Mrs Josephine Nora Mary Bowler - PhD
    The New Zealand controversy over the Johnson Report: The context of the Report of the Committee on Health and Social Education, #Growing, sharing, learning# (1977)

Media and Links

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