Committee Members

Student Members

Shelby Anderson

Student Co-Coordinator

Shelby Anderson is currently a third year Ph.D. student at UNCG. She received her Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ithaca College in 2018 and undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in 2016. Her current research interests lie broadly in sport coaching, women in sport, and cultural sport psychology.

Alexis Rice

Student Co-Coordinator

Alexis Rice is currently a second year Master’s student at UNCG in the Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sports Coaching from UNCG in 2019. Alexis’ professional interests lie broadly in student-athlete mental health and performance enhancement while her research interest lies in student-athlete transition phases.

Faculty Members

Robert Owens, EdD

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). He is the former chair of the AASP’s Diversity Committee (2017-2020), is one of the founders of AASP’s Advocacy Committee, and co-facilitates AASP’s Diversity in Sport and Culture course with Dr. Tanya Prewitt-White. Dr. Owens sits on AASP’s Program Recognition and Review Committee (PRRC) and is a member of the editorial board for Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (CSSEP). In addition, he facilitates community dialogues on race and ethnicity utilizing the Sustained Dialogue Institute’s conflict resolution model. His research and professional interests include anti-oppressive (organizational) consulting practices; re-conceptualizing sexual misconduct in sport; and utilizing multicultural wellness and trauma-informed coaching practices as an adjunct to applied sport and performance psychology (SPP) consulting. He is the faculty advisor of a university martial arts club and is currently working on projects related to cultural competence when consulting with first responder populations.

Pam Kocher Brown, EdD

Dr. Pam Kocher Brown is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and serves as director of the online doctor of education program (EdD in KIN). She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Anna Marie Gove Award (17–18), the Jerry and Joan Morris Tolley and Gail M. Hennis Graduate Teaching Award (17–18), and the UNCG Excellence in Online Education Award (18–19). Her interests are in online education, and she teaches a variety of graduate courses, including online pedagogy, research topics, advanced seminar, program design and practicum.. Dr. Brown serves on several committees related to curriculum and online teaching and learning.

Jen Farrell, PhD, LCSW, CMPC

Dr. Jen Farrell is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG, specializing in sport and exercise psychology. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Jen provides sport psychology and mental health counseling services to UNCG student-athletes. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Kinesiology in 2009. She also received an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

DeAnne Davis Brooks, EdD

Dr. DeAnne Davis Brooks is an AP Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. She holds degrees in Kinesiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, and Exercise and Sport Science, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and yoga instructor. For twenty years, Brooks has also coached track and field at the youth and collegiate levels.

Brooks has delivered lectures and workshops to student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators nation-wide on the topic of transitioning from competitive athletics to lifelong physical activity. She co-developed the Moving On! program to help athletes make healthy transitions to life after sports.

Diane L. Gill, PhD

Dr. Diane L. Gill is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research focuses on social psychology and physical activity, with publications that include the text, Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, several book chapters, and over 100 journal articles. She is on several editorial boards and is a former president of NASPSPA and of APA Division 47. She teaches in the sport and exercise psychology area as well as in the online EdD in Kinesiology program.

Erin Reifsteck, PhD

Dr. Erin Reifsteck holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness at UNCG. She also has a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from UNCG and a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Saint Francis University. Her current research focuses on promoting lifelong physical activity and health among athletes. Dr. Reifsteck has served as principal investigator for two NCAA-funded projects focused on the development of the Moving On! program, which supports student-athletes in making healthy transitions to life after sports.

Rennae Williams Stowe, EdD

Dr. Rennae Williams Stowe is a faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Studies at Winston-Salem State University. She received her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology, Masters at the University of Georgia in Sport Management, and undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Stowe served as faculty at Campbell University and Johnson C. Smith University. She also held a teacher and athletic trainer position in a Charlotte Mecklenburg high school for six years. Her research interest includes: the psychological effects of physical activity, experiential education in sport management, and perceptions of race and gender relations in sport management education.

Amanda Perkins-Ball, PhD

Amanda Perkins-Ball, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University and currently serves as the Chair of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Diversity Committee. She completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Temple University, her M.S.Ed in Sport Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her B.S. in Health and Human Performance at the University of Louisville. Her professional and research interests include culturally-tailored physical activity interventions, applied exercise psychology, and teaching social justice in kinesiology.