Dissertation and Thesis Awards

These awards recognize outstanding student research that has the greatest potential for making a significant contribution to the theoretical and applied knowledge base in exercise and sport psychology.


Sponsor: Division 47


Abstracts will be judged by a panel of professionals in exercise and sport psychology who are members of Div. 47. The awardee(s) will be notified of their selection by March, so they can make plans to attend the APA Annual Convention to present their research and receive the award, which includes a plaque, conference registration fee waiver and monetary gift.


The student applicant must be a member of Div. 47 at the time of application. Division membership dues are $20 per year. Graduate students may become student affiliates of Div. 47 whether they are APA student members or not. The student must also have successfully defended her or his dissertation and received her or his degree during the year for which the award is given; that is, by Dec. 31 of that year.

How to Apply
Please download and complete the following applications for the Dissertation Award and Thesis Award:
Please submit applications to the past president.
Past Recipients


Kaitlynn Sedabres, PhD


Edson Filho, PhD: Cohesion, team mental models, and collective efficacy: Towards an integrated nomological network of team sports


Sarah S. Kohlstedt, PhD: Psychosocial Development in College Students: A Cross-Sectional Comparison Between Athletes and Non-athletes




Carly Raab: A Test of an Etiological Model: The Development of Disordered Eating in Division-I University Female Gymnasts and Swimmers/Divers


Mercedes Caswell: Predictors of Retirement Distress Among Male Former Intercollegiate Athletes


Kimberlee Bonura: The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults


Jennifer Woodgate, PhD: Self-efficacy Theory and the Self-Regulation of Exercise Behavior


Amy Latimer, PhD: Bridging the Gap: Promoting Physical Activity Among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Within the Context of the Theory of Planned Behavior


Tracie Rogers, PhD: The Mediating Effects of Peripheral Vision in the Life Stress-Athletic Injury Relationship


Shawn Arent, PhD: Dose-Response and Mechanistic Issues in the Strength Training and Affect Relationship


Roland Carlstedt, PhD: Line Bisecting Test Reveals Relative Left Brain Hemispheric Predominance in Highly Skilled Athletes: Relationships Among Cerebral Laterality, Personality and Sport Performance


S. Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD: Use of Social-Cognitive Theories in the Study of Physical Activity and Fibromyalgia: Self-Efficacy Theory and the Theory of Planned Behavior


Renee Newcomer, EdD: Cognitive-Affective, Behavioral, and Physiological Response to Injury among Competitive Athletes


Claudio Nigg, PhD: Predicting, Explaining, and Understanding Adolescent Exercise Behavior Using Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Approaches


Gregory Norman: A Cluster Analytic Test of the Transtheoretical Model Applied to Exercise and Behavior


Alan Smith: Peer Relationships and Physical Activity Participation in Early Adolescence


Kathleen Martin: Self-handicapping in Sport and Physical Activity: Conceptualizing and Measuring an Elusive Concept


Gabrielle Reed: Measuring Stage of Change for Exercise (Behavior Change, Urica E2)


Patricia Smith: Integration of the Theories of Reasoned Action, Planned Behavior, and Self-Efficacy in the Prediction of Exercise Behavior


Riichard Albrecht: The Effects of Positive and Negative Cognitive Social Priming on Self-Schemata, Self-Efficacy, Mood States and Motor Performance


Anthony Piparo: Chronic Effects of Fitness on the Golf Putt


Cathy Lirgg: Effects of Same-Sex and Coeducational Physical Education on Perceptions of Self-Confidence and Class Environment


Karla Kubitz: Changes in the Stress Response Following Aerobic Training: An Examination of Underlying Mechanisms


Debbie Crews & Diane Weise: The Influence of Attentive States on Golf Putting as Indicated by Cardiac and Electrocortical Activity


John Raglin: Stress Responses and Performance in Competitive Swimmers