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Welcome to the Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology newsroom! Here you can find the latest information involving our program!
 

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Updated 05/18/22
Congratulations to our inaugural cohort of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Master's students! 13 students walked the stage and received their degrees at the May 2022 commencement! 


To close out our semester, our second-year students presented their internship and thesis experiences to friends, family, and faculty and staff members. Thank you all for supporting our students along their SEPP journey!
 
Our second-year student had the opportunity to showcased their knowledge of psychology of injuries to athletic trainers across the area with the help of Prevea! Thank you to everyone who helped make this workshop possible! 

The third and final successful thesis defense was completed by Alec Treacy. Alec conducted research on basic psychological needs profiles, mental toughness, and team resilience in collegiate baseball: the role of ethnic identity, a great addition to the current literature. Great job Alec! 

Our second successful thesis defense was completed by Beaux Myers. Beaux conducted his thesis on evaluating traditional imagery compared to PETTLEP imagery interventions for collegiate golfers. Congratulations Beaux!
 

The UWGB Women's Volleyball team, home to two of our interns, Ellea Bachmeier and Cody Newton, celebrated their 2021 season with a beautiful banquet. Congratulations to the team on an enjoyable and successful season!
Congratulations to our very first successful thesis defense completed by Brett Garst! Brett conducted research on Shared Zones of Optimal Functioning among basketball players. We are proud of all of Brett's accomplishments!
Great job to everyone who participated in the Battle of the Bays! University of Wisconsin-Green Bay fought hard bu California State University-Monterey Bay was able to walk away with the win. Fantastic efforts all around!
Our UWGB Psychology faculty members' podcast "Psychology and Stuff" featuring Dr. Chu and Dr. Morrissey, was the April featured podcast on AASP social media!
Four of our students, Ellea Bachmeier, Brett Garst, Beaux Myers, and Cody Newton, presented their first of four sessions with the Green Bay Blizzard. They presented on the topic of sport psychology with activities to get to know the players! We are very thankful the Blizzard team will allow us to help enhance performance.
To close out Women's History Month, our students had the pleasure of listening to Pam Roecker, UWGB alumni and current Dean of Athletics at Regis College, discuss her experience in athletes, specifically surrounding gender inequality. We are very grateful Pam took the time to talk with our students!
Our Exercise is Medicine-on Campus initiative earned gold level recognition! This achievement is given to college and university chapters who have put in efforts above and beyond to encourage physical activity on their campus! We are so proud of our student and faculty hard work!
As part of the Exercise is Medicine-on Campus initiative, our own SEPP students are offering exercise psychology consulting sessions to students, faculty, and staff who want to improve their exercise, physical activity, and health through  mental consulting!

SEPP student Alec Treacy received PhD admission offers and accepted the one from the Florida State University Sport Psychology Program. Alec has put in countless hours of hard work to earn this achievement! 

Alec Treacy

 

SEPP students Janne Roovers and RJ Lynch were selected to represent UWGB on the Horizon League Student-Athlete Safety & Health Subcabinet, which broadly oversees student-athlete health, wellness, and safety. Our students are working hard to improve student-athlete overall well-being!

SEPP student Ellea Bachmeier was selected as a 2022 AASP Student Delegate. She will be chairing the Social Connections Initiative, working with students throughout the country to promote student focused resources to across AASP web platforms. We are excited to see our students grow as young leaders! 

Ellea Bachmeier
 
Joanna Morrissey

SEPP professor Dr. Joanna Morrissey was selected to be one of the editorial board reviews for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology's newest student research journal, Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research (JASPR). We are proud of her accomplishments! 

 

 
Exercise is medicine

Three SEPP students, Lexi Ahrens, Ellea Bachmeier, and Anna Bomber, alongside SEPP professor Dr. Joanna Morrissey, started Exercise is Medicine on Campus here at UWGB. EIM-OC is a global initiative which aims to increase physical activity of students, faculty, and staff on college and university campuses. Check out EIM-OC at UWGB here

Check out the first EIM-OC Lunch and Learn Series for an overview of  the organization, including goals, benefits, and ways to get active! 

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Student/Faculty Publications and Presentations 

Recent Student Publications:

Bachmeier, E. E., Garst, B., Pingel, M. J., Morrissey, J. L., Leininger, L. J. (2021). Effectiveness of an Exercise is Medicine-On Campus® virtual program on perceived stress levels of faculty and staff. Journal of Physical Activity Research, 6(1), 59-64. https://doi.org/10.12691/jpar-6-1-8

Rahawi, N. S., Espitita Gonzalez, A. D., Bachmeier, E. E., Morrissey, J. L., and Leininger, L. J. (2021). Evaluating students’ perceived stress, sleep quality, and physical activity in Exercise Is Medicine®-On Campus student-led health consultation program. Journal of Physical Activity Research, 6(2),72-77. https://doi.org/10.12691/jpar-6-2-1

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Recent Student Presentations:

Bachmeier, E. E. (2021, November 18-19). Effectiveness of an Exercise is Medicine-OnCampus® Virtual Program on Perceived Stress Levels of Faculty and Staff. [Poster]. Western Society for Physical Education of College Women 2021 Conference, Virtual.

Bennett, H., Bachmeier, E., Bluher, A., Compton, B., Halbrook, M., Kraus, A., Owens R.,Rundle, B., & Socolow, R. (2021, October 6-9). Advocating for Trans Inclusion in Sport: The Role of Sport Psychology Professionals/Practitioners. [Workshop]. Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Chu, T. L., Mair, T., & Bachmeier, E. (2021, October). Who are the CMPCs and what do they do? Lecture session presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bomber, A., Chu, T. L., & Sherman, C. (2021, October). Harmony between the music and the mind: A psychological skills program for musicians. Lecture session presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Garst, B., & Chu, T. L. (2021, October). The roles of athlete–parent and athlete–sibling dyads in high school athletes’ perceived parenting climates. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Lynch, R., II., & Chu, T. L. (2021, October). Development of mindfulness-based and traditional psychological skills training programs for collegiate athletes. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Mair, T., Chu, T. L., & Bachmeier, E. (2021, October). Gender differences in CMPCs’ employment settings and sport specializations. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Myers, B., & Chu, T. L. (2021, October). NCAA collegiate athletes’ psychological skill profiles: A novel person-centered approach. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Treacy, A., & Chu, T. L. (2021, October). Motivational profiles of NCAA collegiate athletes and their differences across divisions: A person-centered approach. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

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Recent Faculty Publications:

Chu, T. L., Sommerfeld, B., & Zhang, T. (2021). Developmental differences in youth athlete burnout: A gendered perspective. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2021-0017

Chu, T. L., & Petrie, T. A. (2021). Assessing and maximizing athletes’ psychological skills under time constraints: A model for brief interventions. The Sport Psychologist, 35(2), 168–176. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2020-0119

Chu, T. L., Zhang, X., Lee, J., & Zhang, T. (2021). Perceived coach-created environment directly predicts high school athletes’ physical activity during sport. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 16(1), 70–80. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954120959733 

Ahrens, A. D., & Chu, T. L. (2021). Motivation is not always black and white: Attending to African American athletes’ psychological needs for sport involvement. Strategies, 34(2), 9–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/08924562.2020.1867269.

Lauer, E. E., Dietch, J. R., Chu, T. L., Barton, M., Martin, S. B., Petrie, T. A., Greenleaf, C. A., & Taylor, D. J. (2021). Psychosocial well-being and insomnia differ by weight control behaviors among healthy-weight adolescent females: Brief report. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28,259–264. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-020-09872-x  

Lee, J., Zhang, T., Zhang, X., Chu, T. L., & Weiller-Abels, K. H. (2021). Preservice classroom teachers’ perspectives toward a comprehensive school physical activity programme. Health Education Journal, 80(2), 145–159. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896920958047

Stoa, R., & Chu, T. L. (2020). Reinventing the wheel: An argument for implementing and testing novelty in the classroom. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/stl0000223

Chu, T. L. (2020). Applying positive psychology to foster student engagement and classroom community amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Advanced online publication. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/stl0000238

Chu, T. L., & Zhang, T. (2020). Motivational processes in college freshmen’s exercise participation: A goal contents theory perspective. Journal of American College Health. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2020.1825221

Chu, T. L., Zhang, T., Zhang, X., Thomas, K., & Gu, X. (2020). School environments predict Hispanic children’s physical education related outcomes through basic psychological need satisfaction. Journal of Learning and Individual Differences, 80, 101844. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2020.101844  

Sommerfeld, B., & Chu, T. L. (2020). Coaches can utilize parents to optimize youth athletes’ sport experience. Strategies, 33(2), 25–31. https://doi.org/10.1080/08924562.2019.1705219  

Oosting, A., & Chu, T. L. (2020). Opportunities for reducing racial bias in team sports. Strategies, 33(1), 41–43. https://doi.org/10.1080/08924562.2020.1681212

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Recent Faculty Presentations:

Chu, T. L., Sommerfeld, B., & Zhang, T. (2021, September). Perceptions of need satisfaction, need frustration, and motivational regulations between athletes in specializing and investment years. Oral session presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology 14th World Congress, Taipei, Taiwan.

Chu, T. L., Petrie, T. A., & Albert, E. (2021, October). Collegiate athletes’ gender is related to their perceived coaching climates. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Escandell, S., & Chu, T. L. (2021, October). Head coaches may influence high school athletes’ psychological needs and motivation more positively than assistant coaches. Poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Chu, T. L. (2021, August). Effects of gratitude on college students' psychological needs and well-being during the pandemic. Poster presented at the 129th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Virtual Conference.

Chu, T. L., Sommerfeld, B., & Zhang, T. (2021, August). Developmental differences in burnout among high school athletes: A gendered perspective. Poster presented at the 129th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Virtual Conference. (Professional Poster Award)

Koppenhaver, P., & Chu, T. L. (2021, April). How are psychological needs satisfied and frustrated? Let’s hear high school athletes’ voices. Poster presented at the 2021 Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.

Rose-Ackley, B., & Chu, T. L. (2021, April). Increased stress levels amid the pandemic are associated with mental health diagnoses. Poster presented at the 2021 Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.

Schemenauer, S., & Chu, T. L. (2021, April). A qualitative investigation of coach, parent, and peer influences on adolescent athletes' sport experiences. Poster presented at the 2021 Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.

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