Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
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Master’s Students 2017-2019

Master’s Students 2017-2019

Autumn Arnold

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad: West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX; B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sport Psychology
Assistantship: 2017-2018 Teaching Assistant for volleyball and fitness walking/jogging
Research Interests: Psychology of injury, coach-athlete relationships, body image in sport, athletic identity and the impact of anxiety in sport

Ally Claytor

Hometown: Lilburn, GA
Undergrad: Berry College, B.S. in Psychology
Assistantship: Research Assistant for Dr. Brandonn Harris
Research Interests: Psychology of injury, athlete burnout and eating disorders

Alesondra Colbert

Hometown: Pheonix, Arizona
Undergrad: Lipscomb University
Assistantship: Teaching Assistantship
Research Interests: Mental toughness, transitioning out of athletics and leadership

Scott Malcolm

Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
Undergrad: Belhaven University
Assistantship: Teacher assistant
Research Interests: Impact self-talk has on performance, personality characteristics and players positions

Cheyna Mclaren

Hometown: Joshua, Texas
Undergrad: University of Texas at Arlington, B.S. Kinesiology
Assistantship: 2017-2018 Teaching Assistant for Yoga and Pilates and Aerobics
Research Interests: Implicit theories of ability, goal orientation, cognitive characteristics of elite athletes

Jarrod Pedigo

Hometown: Savannah, GA
Undergrad: Armstrong State University; B.S. in Rehabilitation Science, minor in Neuroscience
Assistantship: 2017-2018 Teaching Assistant for Tennis and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
Research Interests: Positive self-talk and mental imagery, coaching related burnout in youth athletics and anxiety related decline in sport performance

Emily Philip

Hometown: Berlin, Pennsylvania
Undergrad: Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA; B.S. in Psychology, concentration in sport
Assistantship: 2017-2018 Teaching Assistant for Volleyball and Body Conditioning
Research Interests: Personality and how they reach to different coaching styles, mental imagery, mental blocks and interventions, and burnout prevention and interventions

Ashlyn Powell

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: University of Georgia: B.S. in Psychology; Minor in Exercise and Sport Science
Assistantship: Teaching Assistant for Weight Training, Women’s Weight Training, and Jogging/Fitness Walking
Research Interests: Psychology of injury and recovery, psychological changes post-TBI in football athletes, clinical psychological disorders in athletes, and athlete burnout

Terrance Tarver

Hometown: Columbus, GA
Undergrad: Columbus State University; B.S. Psychology
Assistantship: Teaching Assistant with Physical Activities and Healthful Living
Research Interests: The psychology of elite performance, personality and motivation of sport, the psychology of injury and positive coaching

Meredith Wekesser

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Undergrad: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO: B.S. in Psychology, Minors in Statistical Methods and Communication
Assistantship: Teaching Assistant for Swimming, Jogging and Body Conditioning
Research Interests: Psychology of injury and rehabilitation, body image and eating disorders, the coach-athlete relationship and youth sport

Michelle Wirbiezcas Lozano

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Assistantship: Flag Football Graduate Assistant
Research Interests: Psychological skills training (imagery, progressive muscle relaxation) and mental toughness


Master’s Students 2018-2020

Master’s Students 2018-2020

Nicole Walden

Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Undergrad: Washington State University; B.S. in Kinesiology with a major in Psychology
Assistantship: Research Assistant for Dr. Tamerah Hunt
Research Interests: Psychology of injury and recovery, athletic career termination and transition, mental toughness, substance abuse in sport and performance, and youth sports

Demi Henschel

Hometown: Alberta, Canada
Undergrad: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. B.S in Psychology; Minor is Business Administration
Assistantship: Teaching Assistant in Physical Activity Lifestyle Program
Research Interests: Interests: Psychological responses to injury, athlete burnout and impact of anxiety in sport.

Stephanie Bailey

Hometown: Huntington Station, New York
Undergrad: State University of New York at Old Westbury; B.A. Psychology
Assistantship: Graduate Assistant for Dr. Colquitt
Research Interests: Transitions in sport, mindfulness, imagery, and team dynamics

Nicole Erickson

Hometown: Lake Worth, Florida
Undergrad: Florida State University, Major Psychology and Minor business
Assistantship: Teacher Assistant, Teaching: Jogging, Fitness Walking, & Basketball
Research Interests: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Psychological skills training

Lindsay Berg

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Undergrad: West Virginia University, B.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Minor in Human Services
Assistantship: Research Assistant for Dr. Brandonn Harris
Research Interests: Coach-athlete relationship, athlete burnout and the psychology of injury, including fear of re-injury

Diane Benish

Hometown: Zelienople, PA
Undergrad: Robert Morris University, Moon Twp., PA: B.S. Psychology with sport concentration, minor in Sport Management
Assistantship: Research assistant for Dr. Jody Langdon
Research Interests: Coach development, mental training skills for figure skating and hockey athletes, anxiety in sport performance, and burnout in youth sport

Kenzie Leath

Hometown: Plainfield, IN
Undergrad: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN; B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Exercise Science
Assistantship: Graduate Teaching Assistant for Physical Activity Lifestyle program
Research Interests: Psychology of injury, coach-athlete relationship, anxiety in sport

Joey Benitez

Hometown: Crofton, MD
Undergrad: University of South Carolina Aiken, B.A. in Psychology
Assistantship: Teaching assistant for softball, body conditioning, and fitness walking
Research Interests: The relationship between external and internal distractions that inhibit athletic performance, present moment awareness and focus in high stress athletic situations


Last updated: 8/24/2018

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