The conference program and schedule can be found by clicking here (pdf) or by downloading the attachment at the bottom of this page, which includes all presentations and posters.  On Friday, February 17, registration will open at 3pm, with the conference starting officially at 4pm.  On Saturday, February 18, we will begin with breakfast bright and early at 7:30am and go until 4pm.

All accepted abstracts (unless the authors declined) are posted on a public-domain blog (  The goals behind this are to a) allow conference attendees to review any or all abstracts at their leisure before the conference, b) start the conversation before the conference and keep it going afterwards, and c) let presenters easily share their abstracts with others beforehand (e.g., via email, Facebook, LinkedIn).  Please note the blog is NOT visible to search engines or listed in the Blogger directory; however, people may still find it.  If you do not wish your work to be placed on the website/blog, you will be able to indicate that on the abstract submission form.

Opening Keynote: Blending Practice and Theory: Building Blocks for Preparation of Applied Sport Psychologists

Dr. Martha Ewing is an associate professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University. She has written in the area of achievement motivation with a focus on youth in sport. She is involved in research aimed at assessing why youth drop out of sports, why coaches (particularly women) drop out, and how to alter sport programs to retain both coaches and youth. In the applied arena, she has worked on developing a way to assess the effectiveness of the delivery of sport psychology services as well as the effectiveness of psychological skills training with athletes.

Exercise Keynote: Tuning-in to Nearby Nature: Exploring the Benefits of Green Exercise and Environmental Engagement

Dr. Jason Duvall is a lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan.  He is broadly interested in understanding how environments impact people's ability to function effectively and how health-related beliefs and motivations interact with and influence pro-environmental behavior.  His current research is focused on the use of nearby nature and environmental engagement to support and encourage more physically active lifestyles.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Sport and Exercise: The Role of Psychology

Dr. Deborah Feltz is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. She is a sport and exercise psychologist who specializes in self-efficacy and the psychosocial implications of sport and physical activity participation. She is interested in the interrelationships of self-efficacy, motivation and performance among youth, teams, and coaches. She also focuses on motivation within groups in exercise.

Dr. Dan Gould is director of the
Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and a professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University. His area of expertise is mental training for athletic competition and sport psychology. His research interests include the stress-athletic performance relationship, psychological foundations of coaching, athlete motivation, youth leadership and positive youth development through sport. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the United States Tennis Association and numerous athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Dr. Meghan McDonough’s is an assistant professor of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University. Her research explores the role that social relationships play in physical activity, including how social factors such as friendship, acceptance, and social support contribute to motivational processes, and the effects that physical activity experiences have on relationships and well-being. Dr. McDonough’s research has examined these questions in a variety of populations including active youth and adults, breast cancer survivors, low-income children, overweight adults, and Special Olympics participants.

Dr. Karin Pfeiffer is an associate professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University and member of the
Center for Physical Activity and Health. She is an exercise physiologist with an interest in population-based investigations. Her research focuses on two major areas, both of which involve physical activity in children and adolescents. The first major area of research is measurement of physical activity and the second major area is interventions to increase physical activity. She has been involved with many school-based studies and is interested in incorporating families and communities into her research. She has also been at the forefront of work examining physical activity in preschool children.

Samuel Forlenza,
Feb 10, 2012, 7:52 AM