Congratulations to Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Kristin Wood, who has been chosen by the School’s Graduate Education Committee as recipient of the School of Kinesiology’s 2018-19 Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award provides a 50% graduate assistantship for the coming academic year.
Wood is advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the sport and exercise psychology emphasis. Her research interests are in psychology of injury, psychological interventions to increase rehabilitation adherence, and curriculum development in athletic training education programs. She has the following publication due out in June, 2018: Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., White, A. C., Wood, K. N., & Russell, H. C., Sports medicine psychology. In T. S. Horn & A. L. Smith (Eds.), Advances in sport and exercise psychology (4th ed.) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
The Kinesiology Doctoral Dissertation Award provides the School’s most accomplished Ph.D candidates with an opportunity to devote efforts to an outstanding research project under the mentorship of the student’s primary faculty advisor.
The symposium opened with welcoming remarks from the U of M’s Jean Quam, Ph.D., dean, CEHD; Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., co-director, Tucker Center; and Anna Baeth, doctoral student in kinesiology and member of the organization’s Conference Committee.
Cultural Competence in Sports Medicine Psychology: Mental Health Concerns and Religious Coping as Marginalized Topics of Research and Intervention with Injured Athletes
A Thematic Analysis of Religiosity and Spirituality in Coping with Sport Injuries,Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.,Kristin N. Wood, Andrew C. White, Ph.D.,Amanda J. Wambach, and Victor J. Rubio, Ph.D. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
International Social Justice Efforts
The What, How, and Why of Community-Based Participatory Research for Empowering Physical Activity for All: A Tale of Two Social Justice Projects,Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., and Muna Mohamed
Creating Safe Space in a Hostile Place: Exploring the Marathon of Afghanistan Through the Lens of Safe Space,Madeleine Orr and Anna Baeth
Access to Physical Activity as a Social Justice Issue
Physical Literacy as a Social Justice Issue,Jennifer Bhalla (Pacific University)
Creating Social Change for Girls & Women in Sport: Tucker Center Education, Research and Outreach Projects, Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Anna Baeth, Courtney Boucher, Mikinzee Salo, Veronica Rasmussen, Nicole Varichak, and Matea Wasend
The Paralympic Games: Who’s In and Who’s Left Out?, Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D.
Joey Kronzer, a current Kinesiology master’s student with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology, and a member of the Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory, has been named the Volunteer Assistant Coach of the Hamline University Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams. The complete announcement is available here.
Joey Kronzer, a School of Kinesiology second year master’s student in the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab, presented his research, “Using E-Prime 2.0 to develop sport-specific video analysis training protocols,” at the 32nd Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference (AASP) held Oct. 18–Oct. 21 in Orlando, FL. Kronzer presented and attended at the conference through a travel grant award from the Council of Graduate Students (COGS).
School of Kinesiology alumna Mackenzie Lobby Havey, M.A., will read her recently published book, Mindful Running: How Meditative Running Can Improve Performance and Make You a Happier, More Fulfilled Person, at the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus on Tuesday, October 17, at 4 p.m.
In her book, Havey, who is a runner, coach, and fitness journalist, describes her personal experience with meditative running and the influence it has had on her life.
“I discovered that when I integrated the principles of mindfulness into my daily running practice, it boosted my joy in the process of training, as well as my performance, and I wanted to share that in this book,” she says. “As I began to deconstruct my own mindful running routine and talk to Olympians, paralympians, and researchers in the fields of contemplative neuroscience and sports psychology, I found that I wasn’t the only one who had experienced significant benefit from combining mindfulness with physical training. Mindful Running is all about learning to run the mile you are in and train smarter, not harder–to find new ways to relate to your body, mind, and environment to deal with things like discomfort, fatigue, and negative thinking with intentionality and ease. My hope is that some of the lessons learned on the run will find their way into other parts of your life as well.”
Havey graduated with her master’s degree in 2009 in the Sport and Exercise Psychology emphasis area and was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal. She is currently teaching a Beginning Running class in the School’s Physical Activity Program.
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology professor and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL), will be giving an invited lecture at the Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion in Rochester, MN, on September 28-29. Her presentation, which will focus on psychological and social influences on concussion risks in ice hockey, is titled “Which ice hockey players are at greatest concussion risks and why?”
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center, will also be giving a presentation. She will speak on “Incorporating the ‘Summit III Action Plan’ into Policy and Social Media.”
The conference as a whole will address advances in concussion diagnosis, treatment and prevention with an emphasis on prioritized action items to improve safety in the sport of ice hockey, and is targeted to health care providers in a number of specialty areas. Aynsley Smith, R.N., Ph.D., one of the two Summit course directors, is an alumna of the School (Ph.D., 1995). More information about the summit is available here.
The paper represents Wiese-Bjornstal’s collaborative work with student authors from the U of M, including SMPL graduate students (Kristin Wood, Andrew White) and SMPL former undergraduate student (Amanda Wambach), as well as 2016 U of M visiting Fulbright scholar Professor Victor Rubio from the University of Autonoma, Madrid.
The paper being presented is: Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., White, A. C., Wambach, A. J., & Rubio, V. J. (accepted for 2017, July). Exploring religiosity and spirituality in coping with sport injuries. In V. J. Rubio (Chair), Coping, resilience and personal growth following a sport injury.
School of Kinesiology alumna Hayley Russell, Ph.D. (2014), is the lead author on an article just released by Sage Publications. Co-authors are Andrew White, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, and their adviser, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., Kinesiology professor. Dr. Russell is currently a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
The complete citation is: Russell, H. C., White, A. C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2017). Physical and psychological changes during marathon training and running injuries: An interdisciplinary, repeated-measures approach. SAGE research methods cases. London, UK: Sage Publications.
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Ph.D. alumna Hayley Russell, ’14, have published a research methods case study in SAGE Research Methods Cases. Russell is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. The case is titled “A Narrative Approach to Understanding Psychological Stories of Overuse Injuries Among Long-Distance Runners,” and it investigates the experiences of athletes with overuse injuries, specifically long-distance runners, by means of a narrative methodology.
School of Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Andrew White presented his research, “An applied behavior analysis approach to reducing poor sportsmanship and injury rates in youth football,” at the 31st Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference (AASP) held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Phoenix, AZ. White presented and attended the conference through a travel grant award from the Council of Graduate Students (COGS). He is an advisee of Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal.
The School of Kinesiology was well represented at the 2016 annual conference for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology held Sept 28-Oct 1 in Phoenix. AZ.
Ph.D. student Kristin Wood presented a talk on “Increasing Rehabilitation Adherence through Game-based Technology” and Ph.D. candidate Andrew White presented a portion of his dissertation research on reducing poor sportsmanship and injury rates in youth football. Kristin and Andrew are members of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab and are advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of sport and exercise psychology.
Lauren Billing, Ph.D. student, presented “Understanding pre-performance routines in marathon runners: Focus groups on task-relevant thoughts” with adviser Beth Lewis, Ph.D., and Hailee Moehnke, M.S. student advised by Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, will be attending the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity in York, England, August 24 – 28. She is one of the organizers of the thematic area, Sport, Psychology, and Christianity, and will be giving a presentation entitled “Sports Medicine Psychology and Christianity.” Her talk will represent Kinesiology’s Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) research completed in collaboration with Kinesiology students Kristin Wood (PhD) , Andrew White (PhD), and Amanda Wambach (BS), and visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Victor Rubio of the University of Autonoma Madrid. Details about the congress can be found here.
Víctor J. Rubio, Ph.D., CCP, a School of Kinesiology Fulbright visiting scholar from the University Autonoma Madrid in Spain, participated in the seminar “Baltimore’s Community Awakening – The Role of Anchor Institutions and Grassroots Organizations in Addressing the City’s Health and Human Rights Issue,” which was organized in a partnership between IIE/CIES and the World Trade Institute of Baltimore, and sponsored by The Fulbright Program and State Department. The seminar was held in Baltimore, MD from April 19th through April 22nd, and presented an overview of difficulties that the city faces, as well as initiatives that have been put in place in order to cope with social, health economic and racial issues.
Hayley Russell, Ph.D., Kinesiology alumna (2014) and assistant professor of Kinesiology at Penn State University-Altoona, was featured in a news story for a seminar she conducted on concussions, the “invisible” injury. She spoke to student athletes during the university’s Brain Awareness Week. Dr. Russell’s emphasis was Physical Activity and Sport Science and she was advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab.