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Jacqui Louder

Sport & Exercise Psychologist
Olympic Park Campus
MAPS, GradDipAppPsych, BAppSci


Jacqui Louder has been a practicing psychologist for sixteen years, specialising in eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, athletic transitions (retirement / entry into elite sport /etc), motor sport, critical incident management, performing arts and children’s sport. She works with teams and organisations in establishing a healthy leadership and culture, and ensuring healthy working environments, as well as coaching groups on communication and enhancing team performance. Clinically Jacqui works extensively with individuals suffering depression and anxiety, pain management and sleeping issues, relationships, and general life balance.

Currently at OPSMC Jacqui is the Head of our Allied Health Department and sits on the Board of Directors. She has recently stepped down, after 8 years, as the National Membership Coordinator for the College of Sports and Exercise Psychologists but maintains her role as the Chair for the Victorian College of Sport & Exercise Psychologists.

Jacqui co-hosts ‘The Science of Sport’ on SEN (1116 AM) every Sunday morning from October to March, and continues to maintain a consulting role to numerous media outlets throughout the year, offering expert comments on current issues within elite sport.

Currently Jacqui consults to a wide variety of high performance organisations, including the National Institute of Circus Arts, Motorcycling Australia in their Elite Performance Academy and on their national circuits, Melbourne Storm NRL team, and Vicentre Swimming Club. She continues to present nationally and internationally at sporting conferences and to corporate organisations.


Certificate of Practice in Neuropsychotherapy
Graduate Certificate in Athlete Career and Education Counselling Victoria University
Masters of Applied Psychology - Sport (MAPS), Victoria University
Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Organisational) (GradDipAppPsych), Victorian University
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) (BAppSci.), University of Ballarat
Diploma in Publicity and Public Relations, Australian College of Journalism

Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations

  • Psychologist – National Institute of Circus Arts (Melbourne) (2005-Present)
  • National Psychologist – Motorcycling Australia (2008–Present)
  • Club Psychologist- Vicentre Swimming Club (Melbourne) (2010–Present)
  • Team Psychologist – Werribee Football Club (2007-2011)
  • Team Psychologist – Australian Croquet Team (2008-2011)
  • Village Psychologist – Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) (2006)
  • Psychologist- Worldskills (Apprentice World Trade Games) (2012 & 2014)
  • Team Psychologist – World University Games (South Korea) (2003)
  • Team Psychologist – Australian Handball Team – Olympic Games (Sydney) (2000)
  • Team Psychologist – Nth Melbourne Football Club (1998-2002)
  • Team Psychologist- Melbourne Phoenix, National Netball League (1997-1999)

Research / Publications

Author/Chapter Contribution: ‘Neuropsychotherapy: Theoretical Underpinnings and Clinical Applications’, 2014
Master’s Thesis: Retirement Experiences of Elite Female Athletes, 1999

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