About Dr. Sue Jackson

Brookfield Psychologist

I am an experienced psychologist who enjoys working with individuals and groups to help them tap into their potential to find flow in their performance, be that in sport, at work, or with life as it is happening in each present moment. I have a passion for flow, which has been a large part of my life since I embarked on postgraduate studies of this amazing psychological concept in the 1980s.

After learning there was a field of study called sport psychology in the mid 80s, I left my native Australia to embark on postgraduate studies at leading North American programs, first at the University of Illinois (MSc) and then the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (PhD). I was fortunate during these training years in North America to be mentored by leading sport psychologists including Professors Dan Gould, Glyn Roberts, Diane Gill, and Tara Scanlan. As well, I met the founder of flow, Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and having found out about this state called flow in Csiksentmihalyi’s writings, I had my course set for my doctoral thesis focus.

The title of my thesis was “Elite Athletes in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Sport Experience”, and in its year of completion, 1993, was awarded Dissertation of the Year by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the Sport Psychology Academy of NASPE. I returned to Australia in 1993, to begin an academic career in Australian universities.  I have published extensively on flow in both academic journal articles and in applied publications. With my flow mentor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, I co-authored Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances. You can buy a copy of Flow in here: Flow in Sports.  In my researching flow, I developed self-report instruments that assess this optimal psychological state. You can find information on how to obtain these instruments, the Flow Scales, here.

Having always loved to work at a practical level – making a positive difference in people’s lives – I moved from an academic-focused career into full-time consulting in 2008. Since this time, I have worked as a practitioner in the field of psychology.  I am a practising psychologist, with a specialisation in sport and exercise psychology. I have also trained as a yoga and meditation teacher.

Psychological and meditative approaches that inform my practice include ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), iRest Yoga Nidra, and Mind with Heart mindfulness training in education.

I bring both an in-depth understanding of the science behind flow states and a practical tool-kit of psychological strategies and skills to my consulting work. I enjoy working with individuals and groups across domains of performance and in daily life, helping success become a standard measured by full involvement in the task at hand.


Recent Appearances

Dr Cindra Kamphoff – High Performance Mindset Podcast

Your Superior Self with Trey Downes

The Bodies Built Better podcast

By Jackie Tann

Interview with Celia Roberts

Interview with Dr Sue Jackson from CBCD Media Podcast on Flow in Sports

Academic and Professional Credentials

Sue has completed degrees in Education (1st Class Honours, University of Sydney), followed by graduate degrees in Sport & Exercise Psychology: a Masters of Science (University of Illinois), and Doctor of Philosophy (University of North Carolina-Greensboro).

In addition, Sue has a Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing, & Publishing (University of Queensland), a Diploma in Yoga Teaching (IYTA), and practitioner training courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), iRest™ Yoga Nidra and Mind with Heart mindfulness training.

Sue is a registered psychologist and member of the College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. With this strong and diverse background of training, and a real interest in making a positive difference to real-world challenges, Sue can provide skills and strategies to help you navigate toward what is important in your life.

1 month ago

Body and Mind Flow
Thanks to Gary Gute of The Flow Channel for organising and hosting this wonderful conversation on flow and mindfulness. I enjoyed being part of such an interesting and important discussion on these states of mind. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Body and Mind Flow
I am looking forward to taking part in this conversation on mindfulness and flow, hosted by The Flow Channel. For anyone interested in listening in from Australia, the session will be held Tuesday, March 29, 9am AEST.Join us here for a conversation on the latest research and practices on Flow and Mindfulness with Sue Jackson, Derek Tate, Kate Sweeny, and others! Monday, March 29, @ 6:00 p.m. US Central Time. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi FLOW by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi PositivePsychology.com Positive Psychology with Tal Ben-Shahar ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Body and Mind Flow
“Helping people find focus and flow to unlock their best performance is the most fulfilling part of my work. I’m grateful that this week, Insight Timer are featuring my 10 session course “Finding your Flow for Optimal Performance”. Check it out to find guided meditations, practices and activities to help you to find your flow."insig.ht/OLuKb8RXKdb ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Body and Mind Flow
A new course I’ve published is now live on Insight Timer.Really happy to have teamed up with such a wonderful meditation app for this 10-day course, Finding your Flow for Optimal Performance.For subscribers to Insight Timer, you can find the course here, insig.ht/OLuKb8RXKdbIf you’d like to listen to the course via the Insight Timer website, you can do so here, insighttimer.com/meditation-courses/course_sue-jackson-flow-state #findingflow #OptimalPerformance #meditationtools ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Body and Mind Flow
How is 2021 shaping up for you so far? In my latest newsletter, I have shared some thoughts about how to thrive - not just survive - living in this time of significant change and uncertainty. #thriving #notjustsurviving #beinspired #ChooseCouragemailchi.mp/f843918932d7/2021-another-year-to-survive-or-an-opportunity-to-thrive ... See MoreSee Less
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