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John Baranoff

ABN: 56 123 180 745 | Provider No. 275205AY

WS+EMC since: 2017

Dr John Baranoff is a psychologist who works at the intersection of performance psychology, the psychology of sport injury rehabilitation and pain psychology. He has specific expertise in the following areas:

  • Performance anxiety and other anxiety related issues
  • Psychological preparation for benchmark events
  • Adjustment to sport injury, rehabilitation and return to sport
  • Pain psychology (including chronic pain in elite athletes, pain following work injury, and pelvic pain in men)
  • Rehabilitation following concussion
  • Mental health in sport
  • Weight related issues

John has worked with athletes referred by organisations such as the Australian Institute of Sport, the South Australian Institute of Sport, as well as national and state sporting organisations. In addition, he has worked with coaches and athletes from a range of sports, including cricket, diving, bowls, basketball, golf, baseball, softball, hockey, fencing, sailing, soccer, mountain biking, BMX, road cycling, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, motorsports, and rowing, as well as working with players from a number of AFL and SANFL clubs.

John is also actively involved in research in the areas of performance anxiety in athletes and musicians, pain psychology and sport injury rehabilitation. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland in 2015. His thesis was comprised of six studies that investigated the use of psychological acceptance in chronic pain and introduced an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach to the study of athletes undergoing rehabilitation following ACL repair. These studies contributed to the development of an ACT approach in the area of the psychology of athletic injury rehabilitation and chronic pain. This thesis won the Australian Psychological Society Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Interest Group Award. John is currently developing a group program based on ACT for athletes undergoing injury rehabilitation.

Involvement with teams and associations


  • AIS Mental Health Referral Network – Psychologist (2019 - present)
  • AFL Illicit Drugs Program – Psychologist (2019 - present)
  • APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists – SA Branch Chair of the College and Chair Elect (2018 – present)
  • AFL Players’ Association – Psychology and Wellbeing Consultant (2009 – present)


  • Australian Cycling Team - Lead Psychologist (2009 – 2017)
  • Australian Institute of Sport – Senior Sport Psychologist (2009 -2017)
  • National Beach Volleyball High Performance Program – Lead Psychologist (2014)
  • Australian Cycling Team – Team Psychologist (2016 Rio Olympics)
  • APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists – SA Branch Treasurer of the College and Chair Elect (2015 – 2017)
  • SANFL Illicit Drugs Policy – psychology referral panel member (2017 -2018)
  • ACBS Pain Interest Group – Committee Member (2015 – 2018)
John Baranoff