Dissertation and Thesis Awards
Abstracts will be judged by a panel of professionals in sport, exercise and performance psychology who are members of APA Div. 47 - Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (SSEPP). 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 APA Div. 47, SSEPP, at the time of application. Graduate students may become student affiliates of SSEPP, whether they are APA student members or not. The student must also have successfully received her or his degree during the year for which the award is given; that is, by Dec. 31 of the application year
SSEPP Annual Dissertation Award
Daniel J. Brown, PhD, “Human Thriving: A Conceptualization, Understanding, and Application to Sport”
Sean Locke, PhD, "Exercise-Related Cognitive Errors: Measurement, Validation, and Process"
Jaclyn P. Maher, PhD, "The Dynamics of Daily Sedentary Behavior in Older Adults"
Thomas Curran, PhD, "Psychosocial Mechanisms Underpinning Motivation in Youth Sport Participants"
Kaitlynn Sedabres, PhD, "The Moderating Effects of Self- and Other Efficacy on Motivation in Swimming Relays"
Edson Filho, PhD, "Cohesion, Team Mental Models, and Collective Efficacy: Toward 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 Anderson, PhD, "Test of an Etiological Model: Development of Disordered Eating in Female Collegiate Gymnasts and Swimmers/Divers"
Mercedes Carswell, PhD, "Predictors of Retirement Distress Among Male Former Intercollegiate Athletes"
Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, PhD, "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"
Renee Newcomer, EdD, "Cognitive-Affective, Behavioral, and Physiological Response to Injury among Competitive Athletes"
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 "
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 Relationship 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 Behaviour, and Self-Efficacy in the Prediction of Exercise Behaviour"
Richard 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 and 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"
SSEPP Annual Thesis/Master’s Project Award
Rena Marie Goodwin, “Self-Stigma, Attitudes, and Preferences When Seeking Mental Health and Sport Psychology Services: A Student-Athlete Point of View”
Zenzi Huysmans, "A Preliminary Exploration of the Application of Self-Compassion Within the Context of Sport Injury"
Erika Van Dyke, "Exploring Relationships Among Self-Talk and Balance Beam Performance in Gymnastics"
Kayla Carrigan, "To Weigh or Not to Weigh---Relation to Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors Among Female Collegiate Athletes"