I conduct research and outreach on youth sport, coach and sport parent education, mental training, and girls’ and women in sports. Currently I teach sport psychology and sport sociology in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota where I am also the Associate Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and Co-Founder of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium. I earned my MA (’95) and PhD (’02) in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and my BA (’91) at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Prior to coming back to the University of Minnesota I was a Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethical Education where I helped develop the Play Like a Champion Educational Series—which includes the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Parents And Coaches Together (PACT™) program. I’ve taught as a USPTA professional and coached tennis at all levels—most notably I was the Head Coach at Wellesley College (’94-’98) and Assistant Coach at Carleton College (’91-’93). I played four years (1987-’91) of NCAA D-III tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College where I was a 3-time Academic All-American. Our team won the National Championship in 1990—one of my most cherished memories—and also placed second (’91) and fourth (’89) during my career. Currently, I enjoy doing all things active—except swimming. My goal and passion, is to make a difference in the lives of people and their families in and through sport and physical activity—especially for girls and women.
My research has included examination of relational qualities of the coach-athlete relationship, the affect of parent and coach “background anger” behaviors on children and youth, the emotional experiences of youth sport parents, the physical activity of underserved girls, the structural and personal barriers experienced by female coaches in youth sport, and media representations of girls and women in sport.
Mental Skill Training: I have worked with both individuals, coaches and teams on various aspects of teaching the cognitive and emotional tools needed for mental toughness and increasing the likelihood of optimal performance.
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