Purdue University
Sport and Exercise Psychology
 
Faculty:
Meghan H. McDonough, Ph.D. (The University of British Columbia) is an associate professor of Kinesiology. Dr. McDonough is interested in the role that social relationships play in motivational and emotional processes in physical activity. Specifically, she examines how social factors and self-perceptions contribute to motivation, emotion, well-being, and adaptation to adversity. She has examined these questions in youth and adults, and in special populations including breast cancer survivors, underserved youth, individuals with Parkinson’s disease, overweight women, and Special Olympics participants. You may contact Meghan at mcdonough@purdue.edu.

Affiliated Faculty:
Dr. Cheryl Cooky Cheryl Cooky, Ph.D. (University of Southern California) is an associate professor interested in the sociological aspects of urban recreation sport programs for low-income minority girls; the role of popular culture and the media in shaping social understandings of gender and sport; the construction of gendered athletic identities among girls who play sport; and qualitative methods in sport. You may contact Cheryl at ccooky@purdue.edu.
Tarra Hodge Tarra Hodge, M.S. (Purdue University) is an Assistant Clinical Professor for Kinesiology.  Her primary responsibilities in include administration and oversight of the curriculum and clinical education components of the Applied Exercise and Health degree program.  Academically, she teaches several courses within the program and works collaboratively with multiple community organizations to integrate health, physical activity, and recreation programming to various populations in the Lafayette/Greater West Lafayette communities (St. Elizabeth Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, Westminster Senior Living Communities, SIA, Purdue Recreational Sports, Purdue University, Purdue Sport Performance, YWCA Caner Wellness Program, Lafayette School Corporation).

Graduate Students:
JD DeFreese Lindley McDavid, M.S. (Illinois State University) is a doctoral student interested in social relationships and motivational processes within youth physical activity contexts. As a masters student at Illinois State University, Lindley researched the role of social relationships in supporting adolescent self-determined motivation and behavior in the leisure-time physical activity and sport settings.  Currently, Lindley is building upon this work by researching social relationships between staff and youth and among youth participants within the positive youth development setting. Lindley is funded by a Purdue Research Foundation fellowship, is a teaching assistant in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, and a research assistant and the College of Health and Human Sciences extension division. You may contact Lindley at mmcdavi@purdue.edu.
Tammy Sheehy
Tammy Sheehy, B.Ph.Ed. (Honors), B.A. (University of Otago, NZ) is a masters student interested in social relationships and motivational processes the physical activity. She is currently conducting research  with group physical activity programs for Parkinson’s patients, examining social processes and psychological well-being.  During her time at the University of Otago, Tammy researched the motivation and effect of moral climate (i.e., prosocial and antisocial behaviour by teammates and opponents) on Masters athletes’ participation in Masters sport. Tammy is a teaching assistant in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. You may contact Tammy at sheehyt@purdue.edu.
Stephanie Orstad
Stephanie Orstad, M.S., (University of Iowa) is a doctoral student in Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University. She has a master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Iowa. Stephanie is interested in approaches to increasing physical activity in communities. Currently, she is researching the interplay of individual perceptions of the neighborhood environment, objective built environment measures, and psychosocial factors as it relates to physical activity in adults. You may contact Stephanie at sorstad@purdue.edu.
Grace Quattrocki

Grace Quattrocki, B.S. (Purdue University) is a second year master’s student earning her degree in Public Health (MPH). Grace is a teaching assistant in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Her current research interests include community health, with a specific focus on underprivileged youth. You may contact Grace at GQuattro@purdue.edu.