Dr Tim Chambers

Dr Tim Chambers

School:

School of Psychological Sciences

Position:

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications:

PhD (UWA),
B.Sc. Hons (Psych) (UWA),
B.Sc. Hons (HMVT) (UWA),
GradCertCareerCounsEliteAth (Victoria University)

Contact Details:

+61 3 8613 0614 Tim.Chambers@acap.edu.au

Tim is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences and is also Program Manager of the Elite Athlete Mentoring (EAM) Program at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Tim teaches a number of units within the undergraduate psychology program and manages the EAM program, which is designed specifically for those individuals working in welfare or wellbeing-related roles in high performance environments. Tim’s primary research interest is investigating the impact of stress and fatigue on performance. Other research areas Tim is interested in include athlete career transitions, and resilience.

Prior to joining the College Tim received his PhD from the University of Western Australia. He spent several years working in the sporting industry, as a coach, performance enhancement consultant, and within the career and education field at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Tim is currently a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Research Interests

Tim's current research program investigates human performance in stressful environments across two domains: the sporting, and maritime industries. He utilises a variety of technological innovations, such as portable physiological monitoring devices and high fidelity maritime simulators to investigate how stress can influence human performance. The ultimate outcome of his research program is to identify low-cost high impact solutions to optimise performance under stressful conditions. In doing so, he aims to ensure that his research output is relevant and transferrable to industry.

Teaching Interests

Tim’s teaching interests are broad, having taught Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition, and Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture for a number of years, yet he particularly enjoys teaching second year social psychology within the undergraduate psychology program. Tim also contributes to the professional psychology and contemporary issues units, and coordinates the fourth year special topics units for the Melbourne campus.

Expert Comment Topics

  • Stress and performance in simulation, and maritime contexts
  • Career transitions in sport

Research & Scholarships

Book Chapters

  • Chambers, T., Gordon, S. & Morris, T. (2013). Australian athletes in transition: From retirement to education and beyond.In N. B. Stambulova & T. V. Ryba (Eds.). Athletes’ Careers Across Cultures. East Sussex, UK: Routledge.
  • Gordon, S., Gucciardi, D., & Chambers, T. (2007). A personal construct psychology perspective on sport and exercise psychology research: The example of mental toughness. In T. Morris, P. Terry, & S. Gordon (Eds.), Sport and exercise psychology: International perspectives. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology. ISBN: 1885693796.

Referred Journal Articles (2006-2016)

  • Chambers, T. P., & Main, R. (2016). The use of high fidelity simulators for training maritime pilots. Journal of Ocean Technology, 11, 117-131.
  • Main, L. C., & Chambers, T. P. (2015). Factors affecting maritime pilots’ health and well-being: A systematic review. International Maritime Health, 66, 220-232.
  • Ryan, M. J., & Chambers, T.P. (2015. An exploration of career decision-making in the Australian Football League: Does playing experience matter? Australian Journal of Career Development.
  • Chambers, T. P.,& Main, L. C. (2015). Symptoms of fatigue and coping strategies in maritime pilotage. International Maritime Health, 66, 1-6.

Research Grants (2006-2016)

  • Chambers, T. P. & Main, L. C. (2015). Investigating the role of shift-cycle on Australian maritime pilots’ health and wellbeing. NPI Internal Research Grants Scheme ($9326.30).
  • Chambers, T., & Main, L. C. (2013). ACAP Research Grant Scheme ($7730.00).
  • Main, L. C., Chambers, T., & Aisbett, B. (2012). Deakin C-ESS small grant application ($2969.61).

Conference Papers (2006-2016)

  • Chambers T. P., & Main, L. C. (2016). Health and wellbeing in maritime pilotage: Exploring the factors that matter. Presentation at the Ergoship 2016: Shaping shipping for people conference, April 6-7, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Chambers, T. P., & Main, L. C. (2015). What happens when you can’t take fatigue out of the equation? Invited presentation at the Annual Australian Maritime Pilots Institute Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Merckel, K., Main, L. M., & Chambers, T. P. (2015). Expert pilotage performance in simulated maritime tasks of varying complexity. E-poster presented at the 50th Annual Australian Psychology Society Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Main, L. M., Wolkow, A. P., & Chambers, T. P. (2015). Quantifying the physiological stress response to simulated maritime pilotage tasks: The impact of experience. Presentation at The 13th International Symposium of Maritime Health, Bergen, Norway.
  • Chambers, T. P., Merckel, K., & Main, L. M. (2015). An exploration of the association between wellbeing and simulated pilotage performance: Does health matter in maritime pilotage? Poster presented at The 13th International Symposium of Maritime Health, Bergen, Norway.
  • Chambers, T. P., & Main, L. C. (2015). Symptoms of fatigue and coping strategies in maritime pilotage.  Presentation at the 9th International Conference on Managing Fatigue. March 23-26 2015, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Hardy, E. K., Main, L.C. & Chambers T. (2014). Exploring the role of personality and resilience in the stress response: A comparison of military and civilian samples. The 49th Annual Australian Psychology Society Conference, Hobart, Australia. 30 September – 3 October 2014. The Australian Psychological Society (APS), 2014, p 9.
  • Marshall, D., & Chambers, T. (2013). Choking under pressure in golf: The relationship of anxiety and perfectionism to putting performance. Poster presented at the 13th World Congress for the International Society of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China.
  • Ryan, M., & Chambers, T. (2013). Complex career transitions and the role of athletic identity in professional sport. Poster presented at the 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Cairns, Australia.
  • Chambers, T. (2012). Teaching first year psychology online: Using Blackboard Collaborate to enhance the first year experience. Paper presented at the 15th International First Year in Higher Education conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Aiello, Y., & Chambers, T. (2012). Positive written disclosure and resiliency. Paper presented by T. Chambers at the 47th Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference, Perth, Australia.
  • Chambers, T., Gordon, S., & Grove, J. (2009). The design, implementation and evaluation of a resilience program for youth swimmers. Paper presented by T Chambers at the ISSP 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Chambers, T., Main, L. C., Mankad, A., Longbottom, J., Gucciardi, D. & Gordon, S. (2009). Effectiveness of a psychological skills training program for youth equestrian riders. Paper presented by T Chambers at the ISSP 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Chambers, T., Gordon, S., & Grove, J. (2007). Understanding resilience in swimming: A qualitative investigation utilising personal construct psychology. Paper presented by T. Chambers at the 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology, Halkidiki, Greece.
  • Gucciardi, D., Chambers, T., & Gordon, S. (2007). Construing the personal constructs of athletes and exercisers: Research and applied perspectives. Paper presented at the 17th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Redmond, J., Gordon, S. & Chambers, T. (2007). An in-depth evaluation of the Australian Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program. Paper presented by T. Chambers at the 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology, Halkidiki, Greece.
  • Landers, G. J., Blanksby, B. A., Ackland, T., & Chambers, T. (2006). Personality traits of triathletes and relationship to performance. Paper presented by T. Chambers at the 13th Commonwealth International Sports Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Chambers, T., Gucciardi, D., Main, L., & Mankad, A. (2006). Integrating mental skills into physical education: Goal setting, concentration, and arousal regulation. Invited presentation at the Annual W.A. ACHPER Conference, Perth, Australia.

Research Supervision

  • 2015          Harangozo, G. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The Influence of Physical Activity on Acute Stress Response and Decision-Making in Recreational Athletes. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2015          Howard, A. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The Impact of Experience on Task Workload, Stress Levels and Performance in a Simulated Maritime Environment. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2B
  • 2015          Merckel, K. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Performance in Simulated Maritime Tasks of Varying Complexity: The Moderating Effect of Ego-resiliency. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2014          Vi, K. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Optimism and cognitive performance under acute stress. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2015          Harangozo, G. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The Influence of Physical Activity on Acute Stress Response and Decision-Making in Recreational Athletes. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2015          Howard, A. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The Impact of Experience on Task Workload, Stress Levels and Performance in a Simulated Maritime Environment. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2B
  • 2015          Merckel, K. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Performance in Simulated Maritime Tasks of Varying Complexity: The Moderating Effect of Ego-resiliency. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2014          Vi, K. BPsychSc(Hons) School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Optimism and cognitive performance under acute stress. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2013          Hardy, E. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Exploring the role of personality and resilience in the stress response: A comparison of military and civilian samples. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2013          McMahon, E. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Athletic retirement: An exploratory study on factors which influence athletes in the decision to retire early from their sporting career. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2012          Brown, A. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The relationship between attentional focus and resiliency. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2012          Marshall, D. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The effects of anxiety and perfectionism on putting performance in golf. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 1
  • 2012          Melrose, H. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Attachment theory and perceived social support as predictors of quality of life. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 1
  • 2012          Ryan, M. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Career decision making difficulties among AFL footballers. (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2011          Aiello, Y. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Written disclosure and resiliency: The role of meaning finding and positive affect.  (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2011          Barber, E. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Trait emotional intelligence and resilience: Building the bridge for parents in normal population.  (Principal Supervisor) Hons 2A
  • 2011       Hawa, D. BPsychSc(Hons), School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Sex differences on approachability ratings and emotion recognition from facial and body expressions. (Secondary Supervisor) Hons 2B
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Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

2010-2016            Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)