Sport Psychology PLAYS Research Group

Sport Psychology

PLAYS Research Group

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Current Students

PhD Students

Veronica AllanVeronica Allan, PhD Candidate (4th year)


I am currently a PhD candidate studying sport psychology and disability in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University under the co-supervision of Amy Latimer-Cheung and Jean Côté. In addition to my doctoral work, I also completed my Undergraduate (2012) and Master's (2014) degrees at Queen's. Broadly, my program of research investigates notions of positive youth development and quality participation in sport for athletes in able-bodied and adapted sport contexts. Specifically, I examine the role of sport coaches in facilitating athlete experiences. Outside of my role as researcher and student, I am a competitive distance runner and enjoy watching or participating in all sorts of sports!

Jordan HerbisonJordan Herbison, PhD student (2nd year)


I'm in the 1st year of my PhD (co-supervised by Dr. Luc Martin and Dr. Mark Bruner, Nipissing University). I completed an MSc under the supervision of Dr. Martin at the University of Lethbridge and Queen's University. For my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of British Columbia where I earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology ('12). My research interests include social identity and positive youth development among youth sport participants, and psychosocial influences among elite sport performers. My Master's Thesis topic was a qualitative investigation of undrafted National Hockey League players, which sought to better understand the psychosocial influences that aid elite sport performers to overcome adversities in pursuit of long-range objectives. Outside of my studies, I am passionate about traveling that involves new places, sports, or being outdoors.

MSc Students

Liz WigleLiz Wigle (2nd year)


I completed my BA Honours degree in psychology at Queen’s University in 2015. I am currently working on my MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Queen’s in the PLAYS Lab. My current research interests are in the area of youth sports coaching and positive youth development. Specifically, I am interested in transformational leadership behaviours in coaching, and developing a global rating scale observation system to assess those behaviours. In my spare time, you can find me at the gym or outside with my dog, Marley.


Chantal RochonChantal Rochon (2nd year)


I am originally from Hillview, Newfoundland. I did my undergraduate degree at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and I have a BA Honours in Psychology. During my time at Grenfell I worked closely with the athletics program while also playing on the women's basketball team. I then decided to combine my academic interests with my extra curricular sport interests by pursuing graduate studies at Queens University in the PLAYS lab. My broad research interests include: Positive youth development in sport, and coach education. I am now finishing my first years masters where I am currently working on my thesis which is entitled: "Examining Factors that Influence Youth Sport Coaches’ Transformational Leadership Behaviours" I spend most of my spare time outside doing a variety of outdoor activities as well as exploring the province of Ontario. 

Julie-Anne StaehliJulie-Anne Staehli (2nd year)


Growing up in the small town of Lucknow in Southwestern Ontario, I traveled to Kingston in 2012 and completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Health Studies, graduating in June of 2016. Throughout my four years, I have competed for Queen’s Gaels on the Varsity Cross Country and Track Team. Now in my Masters of Science in Sports Psychology under the co-supervision of Dr. Jean Côté and Dr. Luc Martin, I will continue my education at Queen’s in a field I am truly passionate about. My research interests are in elite athlete development, specifically looking at the role of coaches and their impact on student-athlete success. I plan to finish my final year of eligibility in 2017, complete my MSc in the Summer of 2018, and then invest my time in training for national teams, coaching and working with student-athletes at the varsity level. Besides running and studying, I have a passion for piano and watching other athletes perform.

Sarah LawrasonSarah Lawrason (2nd year)


I am originally from Mississauga, Ontario and completed my BScH with a Specialization in Kinesiology in 2016 from Queen's University. Currently, I am in the first year of my Master's degree and working on my thesis entitled "Assessing the Effectiveness of a Transformational Coaching Intervention for Youth Sport Coaches". My broader research interests include: positive youth development through sport, coaching, and psychosocial influences for elite youth athletes. Outside of my studies, I enjoy running, canoeing, cooking, and trampoline.


Kelsey SaizewKelsey Saizew (2nd year)


I am in my first year of my Master of Science under the supervision of Luc Martin. I am originally from Calgary, Alberta where I completed my Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary (’13). I competed on the Dino’s track and field team throughout my undergraduate degree. My research interests include: elite sport, individual sports, group dynamics, athlete leadership, and subgroups/cliques. My current thesis project will be a qualitative study looking at the social processes within a sport composed of multiple subgroups. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, and being active outdoors.


Kelsey SaizewMadison Robertson (1st year)


Originally from Belleville, Ontario, I completed my Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Kinesiology, at Queen's University. I am currently in the first year of my MSc degree in the PLAYS lab, under the supervision of Dr. Luc Martin. Having grown up playing rep hockey and soccer, I have a keen interest in youth sport and elite sport development. My research interests also include positive youth development in sport, group cohesion and coaching. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing sports, or spending time with one of my many dogs.

Kelsey SaizewJordan Chen (1st year)


I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario. I began my life at Queen’s in 2012, where I completed a BA Honours in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Currently, I am a Master’s candidate in the PLAYS lab under the supervision of Dr. Jean Côté. My research interests are in the area of coach leadership, coach education, and positive youth development. Specifically, I am interested in continuing the development of our lab’s Transformational Coaching Workshop and the delivery of the coach intervention to various sport organizations and clubs across the world. My sport interests include basketball, volleyball, soccer, and hockey. In my spare time, I love playing sports, travelling around the world, watching hockey, gaming, and a binging TV shows.

Kelsey SaizewDaniel Goldman (1st year)


I am pursuing a master’s degree in sport psychology after graduating with a Bachelor of Science (specialization in kinesiology, with Honours) from Queen’s University in 2017. Having gained experience as a development-level soccer coach in Toronto, Ontario, and a summer camp counsellor in London, England, I have developed a strong passion for positive youth development through sport. My research aims to advance what is currently known about how and why coaches’ leadership behaviours affect athlete outcomes. Beyond my academics, I am a sport convenor and chief official within the intramural soccer program at Queen’s, and I love to take part in intramural outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, and volleyball.


Kelsey SaizewChristopher Hague (1st year)


I am originally from Washington, DC and received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN where I also competed at the varsity level in cross country, track, and swimming. After graduation, I taught middle school math in addition to coaching runners and triathletes of various ages and levels. I want to apply these experiences as an athlete, coach, and teacher to the PLAYS lab. My broader research interests include the differences between sports in the application of Transformational Leadership. Outside of the lab, I enjoy running, cycling, and spending time with his wife, Morgan, and dog, Ethyn.


Kelsey SaizewAlex Murata (1st year)


I began working towards a master’s degree with the PLAYS research group in January 2018. My supervisor is Dr. Jean Côté. Previously, I completed an Honours BA in Communication at the University of Ottawa and a BA in Psychology at the University of British Columbia. I have also been involved in minor hockey as a coach and a player development consultant for close to ten years both in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia and now in Kingston, Ontario.

Broadly, my research interest involves exploring ways to increase levels of satisfaction for participants in youth sport programs. I hope to contribute in the continued refining of the PLAYS Transformational Leadership Workshop and to investigate how the program can be applied within a sport-specific context.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy being active outdoors, drawing, painting, and playing a variety of sports and games ranging from tennis and golf to poker and Catan.


Undergraduate Students

4th Year Thesis/Independent Study:

Mikaela Liscio

Kessem Raphael

Talia Cohn

Micaela Smith

Natalie Smith

3rd Year Research Internships:

Jason Hallarn
Jennifer Coletti
Arthur Szydlowski
Josh Shore
Carrie Curtis