Dissertation Award

This award recognizes 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. 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.

Annual Deadline: Dec. 31


The student applicant must be a member of Division 47 at the time of application. Division membership dues are $20 per year. Graduate students may become student affiliates of Division 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 December 31 of that year.

How To Apply

Please download and complete the following applications for the Dissertation Award and Thesis Award:

Past Recipients

2014 Kaitlynn Sedabres, PhD
2012 Edson Filho, PhD Cohesion, team mental models, and collective efficacy: Towards an integrated nomological network of team sports
2011 Sarah S. Kohlstedt, PhD Psychosocial Development in College Students: A Cross-Sectional Comparison Between Athletes and Non-athletes
2010 None N/A
2009 Carly Raab A Test of an Etiological Model: The Development of Disordered Eating in Division-I University Female Gymnasts and Swimmers/Divers
2008 Mercedes Caswell Predictors of Retirement Distress Among Male Former Intercollegiate Athletes
2007 Kimberlee Bonura The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults
2005 Jennifer Woodgate, PhD Self-efficacy Theory and the Self-Regulation of Exercise Behavior
2004 Amy Latimer, PhD Bridging the Gap: Promoting Physical Activity Among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Within the Context of the Theory of Planned Behavior
2003 Tracie Rogers, PhD The Mediating Effects of Peripheral Vision in the Life Stress-Athletic Injury Relationship
2002 Shawn Arent, PhD Dose-Response and Mechanistic Issues in the Strength Training and Affect Relationship
2001 Roland Carlstedt, PhD Line Bisecting Test Reveals Relative Left Brain Hemispheric Predominance in Highly Skilled Athletes: Relationships Among Cerebral Laterality, Personality and Sport Performance
2000 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
2000 Renee Newcomer, EdD Cognitive-Affective, Behavioral, and Physiological Response to Injury among Competitive Athletes
1999 Claudio Nigg, PhD Predicting, Explaining, and Understanding Adolescent Exercise Behavior Using Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Approaches
1998 Gregory Norman A Cluster Analytic Test of the Transtheoretical Model Applied to Exercise and Behavior
1997 Alan Smith Peer Relationships and Physical Activity Participation in Early Adolescence
1996 Kathleen Martin Self-handicapping in Sport and Physical Activity: Conceptualizing and Measuring an Elusive Concept
1995 Gabrielle Reed Measuring Stage of Change for Exercise (Behavior Change, Urica E2)
1994 Patricia Smith Integration of the Theories of Reasoned Action, Planned Behavior, and Self-Efficacy in the Prediction of Exercise Behavior
1993 Riichard Albrecht The Effects of Positive and Negative Cognitive Social Priming on Self-Schemata, Self-Efficacy, Mood States and Motor Performance
1992 Anthony Piparo Chronic Effects of Fitness on the Golf Putt
1991 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
1989 Debbie Crews & Diane Weise The Influence of Attentive States on Golf Putting as Indicated by Cardiac and Electrocortical Activity
1988 John Raglin Stress Responses and Performance in Competitive Swimmers