Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Rachel Hogg

Dr Rachel Hogg

Rachel completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in psychology at Charles Sturt University in 2008. She completed a PhD in Sport Psychology at Charles Sturt University in 2015. The title of her PhD was 'Equestrian partnerships: A qualitative investigation of the relationship between horse and rider in elite equestrian sports'. This research explored the unique sporting relationship between horse and rider in elite sport using social constructionist grounded theory. As part of this research, Rachel conducted a series of in-depth interviews with elite equestrian athletes in Australia and internationally.

Rachel joined the School of Psychology as a faculty member in 2012. She has lectured on methods of psychological inquiry, research methods and statistics in psychology, the foundations of psychology, psychological testing, psychology of learning, foundations of psychology for health and human services, and cognition.

Rachel's research interests concern interspecies interaction, particularly horse-human relationships, as well as equine-assisted psychotherapy, the psychological characteristics of elite athletes, and dyadic sporting relationships. In addition to her own research, Rachel has worked on a number of projects within the School of Psychology and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. These projects have addressed domestic violence, disability and mental health, the psychology of perception, adolescent behaviour, and psychometrics. Rachel is broadly interested in topics relating to sport and social psychology and conducts both qualitative and quantitative research.

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  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

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Rachel's research interests include:

  • Social relationships in sport
  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy
  • Animal-human relationships, in particular, discourses surrounding human-animal interaction
  • Psychological characteristics of elite athletes
  • Mental toughness in high-risk sporting participants
  • Interpersonal relationships (i.e. communication, compassion, resilience, interpersonal trust)

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Scientific Publications
  • Hogg, R. C., & Hodgins, G. A. (2010). [Abstract].The relationship between trait anxiety, trait competitive anxiety, riding experience, accident/injury status, and state competitive anxiety for equestrian athletes. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(4), 211-212.
  • Hogg, R. C., & Hodgins, G. A. (2009). The relationship between trait anxiety, trait competitive anxiety, riding experience, accident/injury status, and state competitive anxiety for equestrian athletes. In: P. McGreevy, A. Warren-Smith, C. Oddie (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the International Society for Equitation Science, Sydney, Australia, 12-14th July, 2009.
  • Hogg, R. C., & Hodgins, G. A. (2010). The relationship between trait anxiety, trait competitive anxiety, riding experience, accident/injury status, and state competitive anxiety for equestrian athletes. In: V. Mrowinski, M. Kyrios, N. Voudouris (eds.) Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, 11-16th July, 2010.
Popular Media Publications
  • Hogg, R. C. (2012, August 3). Insight into equestrian relationship. Charles Sturt University News. Retrieved from: http://news.csu.edu.au/latest-news/society/insight-into-equestrian-relationship
  • Hogg, R. C. (2012, August 10). A unique relationship. The Rural, p. 5. Wagga Wagga, Australia: Fairfax Regional Media.
  • Hogg, R. C. (2012, September 1). Relationship between horse and rider studied. The Border Mail, p. 53. Albury-Wodonga, Australia: Fairfax Regional Media.
  • Hogg, R. C. (2012, September 6). The bond between horse and elite rider.  ABC Bush Telegraph. Retrieved from: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2012/s3584507.htm
  • Hogg, R. C. (2012, November).Winning Partnerships. HorseWyse Magazine. Pambula, Australia: HorseWyse Magazine Australia.
  • Hogg, R. C. (2014, January; forthcoming). The Horse-Rider Partnership. Hoofbeats Magazine. Wandi, Australia: Hoofbeat Publications.

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