Head, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies
Has written textbooks, articles and research papers on physical education instruction with an emphasis on the role and socialization of physical education teachers. Has examined teacher/coach role conflict. Particularly interested in studying the lives and careers of physical education teachers. Previously served as director of Purdue's Division of Recreational Sports, overseeing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities for students, faculty and staff.
Research tries to explain and predict health-related behavior based on the theory of personal investment as a motivational factor. As part of an intergovernmental personnel agreement, worked as a behavioral scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Was lead author of the CDC's "Guidelines for School and Community Programs to Promote Physical Activity Among Young People," and also contributed to the first Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. Primary teaching areas include health behavior, health promotion and health education.
Director, Sport and Health Psychology Laboratory
Has expertise in the academic achievement of athletes, gender differences in athletes and competitive youth sports. Studies motivation and the psychological factors influencing performance and persistence in sports and exercise. Consults coaches and athletes in goal-setting skills, imagery, concentration, stress management and pre-performance routines. Elected in 1993 to Management Council of the International Society for Sports Psychology, is sport psychology consultant to U.S. women's gymnastics national team, and is editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Competed in intercollegiate-level basketball, tennis and softball.
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