Purdue University
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Dr. Meghan McDonough Meghan 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.
Steve Amireault, Ph.D. (Université Laval) is an assistant professor of Kinesiology. Dr. Amireault is interested in developing behavior change interventions and evaluate their impacts for sustained health and well-being. His research aims to improve methods to assess physical activity  (e.g., using questionnaires, fitness center-based devices, activity trackers); examine the impact of physical activity on health and well-being; and identify factors (e.g., self-regulatory capabilities, satisfaction with physical activity, social support) associated with sustained engagement in an active lifestyle. He has examined these lines of research in overweight and obese individuals, cancer survivors, older adults, and apparently healthy adults. You may contact Steve at samireau@purdue.edu.

Graduate Students:
Lindley McDavid 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, and has been 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.
Stephanie Orstad Stephanie Orstad, M.S. (University of Iowa) is a Health Promotion doctoral candidate in the department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University. She has a master’s degree in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She is interested in approaches to increasing physical activity in communities. Stephanie’s research projects include a systematic review of the physical activity and built environment literature and a study of correlates of trail use for recreation and transportation. Her dissertation research examines interrelationships between perceived and objectively-measured neighborhood environment, depression, and physical activity in diverse, urban-dwelling adults and older women. You may contact Stephanie at sorstad@purdue.edu.
Shaina Riciputi

Shaina Riciputi, B.A. (Colorado College) is a masters student interested in the dynamics between social relationships, psychological well-being and participation in youth sport and physical activity programs. Her masters research examines the impact of social relationships between staff and youth participants on youth outcomes and engagement in a positive youth development context. During her time at Colorado College, Shaina researched the effect of stereotype threat on NCAA Division I and Division III athlete’s academic performance. Shaina is a teaching assistant in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. You may contact Shaina at sriciput@purdue.edu.

Undergraduate Research Students:
Jessica Harter

Jessica Harter is a senior undergraduate student-athlete working with Dr. McDonough since spring 2015. Jessica is working on research projects examining psychological factors in physical activity with people with Parkinson’s disease, and youth from low-income households. Jessica is majoring in Movement and Sport Science with a minor in Organizational Leadership. She plans on attending chiropractic school post-graduation.

Stephanie Mason

Stephanie Mason is a senior in Movement and Sport Sciences. Stephanie is working on research projects examining physical activity interventions for people with Parkinson’s disease, underserved youth, and older adults. She aims to become a physical therapist working with patients in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Stephanie has volunteered for the PETE's PALs program and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant during her time at Purdue University.

Justice Montgomery

Justice Montgomery is a Senior in Movement and Sport Science. She has been working with Dr. McDonough since Summer 2014. Justice has been working on research projects examining negative peer influences, peer acceptance, alcohol drinking, and physical activity in youth within a positive youth development program. She plans to attend physical therapy school in the Fall of 2016.

Arie Teeter

Arie Teeter is a senior studying Movement and Sports Science. She is also pursuing a minor in Psychology. Arie has assisted in research under the supervision of Dr. McDonough. She has enjoyed learning about the effect of social relationships on physical activity, particularly in projects with underserved youth, cancer survivors, and people with Parkinson’s disease. She is interested in a variety of topics within the field of sport and exercise psychology, and plans are to attend graduate school and study kinesiology.