The graduate program in psychology of sport and physical activity is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of student interest. Students develop an understanding of sport and physical activity psychology based on cognitive behavioural principles. Students may focus on applied and/or theoretical research ranging from exercise counseling, performance enhancement, cognitive and behavioural aspects of expert performance, and/or the impact of social psychological environments on sport and exercise involvement and/or performance.
Students who are interested in applied sport psychology may become involved in working with local athletes and/or sport teams. Those interested in applied exercise psychology may pursue a similar experience in exercise counseling. These opportunities normally occur in the second year of the program.
A small number of students are admitted each year, permitting greater opportunity to meet and interact with the faculty involved in the program.
Titles of theses recently completed under faculty include:
Graduate students in the social sciences are provided with offices in an area which includes: computer work stations, interview rooms, a quite work space, a video room with computerized editing facilities and a seminar room. In addition, there is a fully equipped psycho-motor behaviour laboratory where the research emphasis is in the areas of skilled memory, deliberate practice, and expert performance. Mechanisms responsible for skill acquisition through observation is investigated with software developed for this purpose.
Students may receive funding and experience through research and teaching assistantships within the School. Funding is also available from scholarships, fellowships and graduate awards offered by the University and external funding agencies.
To complete the degree students are required to successfully complete four one-term graduate level courses taken at the direction of their supervisor. Typically students take courses in cognate departments in education, psychology or organizational behaviour. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare and present papers at scholarly meetings and to publish in professional and academic journals. Students are required to complete an original research project that will be presented as a thesis.
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For further information contact
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
28 Division Street, KHS 206
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Tel: 613-533-6000 x2666