This custom ebook includes chapters from Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Fourth Edition. It has been specifically designed for students taking the course Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (KIN3820) at California State University–Los Angeles.
AudienceCustom ebook for students taking the course Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (KIN3820) at California State University–Los Angeles.
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Cognitive Approaches to Motivation
Emotions and Performance
Stress and Stress Management
Diane L. Gill, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She held faculty positions at the University of Waterloo and the University of Iowa before moving to UNCG. At UNCG, she has served as associate dean of the School of Health and Human Performance and head of the department of kinesiology; from 2010 to 2015 she was the Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She has more than 40 years of experience as a faculty member in kinesiology and specifically in sport and exercise psychology.
Dr. Gill has been engaged in research and scholarly activity in sport and exercise psychology throughout her career. She has more than 100 scholarly publications on sport and exercise psychology topics and has given many presentations at major national and international conferences. She serves on several editorial boards and is the former editor in chief of Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is a fellow of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Academy of Kinesiology. She is a former president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of the APA.
In 2014, Dr. Gill received the NASPSPA Distinguished Scholar award; in 2015, she received the Distinguished Scientific and Research Contributions to Exercise and Sport Psychology award from APA Division 47. She received both her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Lavon Williams, PhD, is a professor of exercise and sport science at Guilford College, where she is currently the department chair. She previously held faculty positions at Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and Purdue University.
Involved in sport and exercise psychology research throughout her career, Dr. Williams has written more than 20 scholarly publications and has given more than 30 national and international presentations. She has served as the sport psychology academy chair of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and as secretary of the SHAPE America Research Consortium.
Dr. Williams is a past member of the executive board and the former research and practice division head for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She is currently a member of the American Kinesiology Association’s Publications Committee.
Dr. Williams is an associate editor for Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal (WSPAJ). She has served on the editorial board for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, The Sport Psychologist, and WSPAJ and as an associate editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) and the AASP Newsletter. She received her MS from the University of Oregon, her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University.
Erin J. Reifsteck, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).
In 2015 through 2016, Dr. Reifsteck served as principal investigator for two NCAA-funded studies to develop and evaluate the Moving On! program, which is based on a theoretical framework that integrates sport and exercise psychology principles. She received the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Young Researcher Award in 2015 and was named an American Kinesiology Association Writing Scholar in 2014.
Dr. Reifsteck’s current research focuses on promoting lifetime physical activity and health through the translation of psychosocial theory into practice. Her scholarly interests also include gender issues in sport, and she currently serves on the editorial board for Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal (WSPAJ). She is a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and AASP, where she also serves on the AASP research development committee.
Dr. Reifsteck received her PhD and MS in kinesiology (sport and exercise psychology concentration) with a doctoral minor in educational research methodology from UNCG. She also received a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies from UNCG and a health coach certificate through UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education. She earned her BS in psychology with a minor in neuroscience from Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania), where she played field hockey and was a two-time Academic All-American and Northeast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.