Sport Psychology PLAYS Research Group

Sport Psychology

PLAYS Research Group

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Our Lab Members

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Faculty Members

Dr. Côté


Telephone: 613-533-6601

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Dr. Jean Côté, Professor

My research interests focus on the developmental and psychosocial factors that affect sport and physical activity performance and participation. I am interested in the complex interaction of children, parents and coaches in the development of talent and in the achievement of personal excellence. The purpose of my research is to identify variables and behaviours within family, performers and coaches that create favourable conditions for excellence and participation in sports. This program of research uses various qualitative and quantitative methodologies including unstructured and structured interviews, observation, video-task analysis, and questionnaires.

Dr. Martin


Telephone: 613-533-6000 x79140

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Dr. Luc Martin, Associate Professor

My research interests lie in the general area of sport psychology with a particular focus on group dynamics principles. More specifically, I am interested in the psychosocial influences present in sport and physical activity settings, and how individuals’ can be influenced by, but can also influence the groups to which they belong. My current projects involve the investigation of group processes such as cohesion, cliques, social identity, and leadership on both individual and team level outcomes in child/youth and elite sport populations. Generally, the main focus is to develop a better understanding of certain psychosocial factors that can be used to inform interdisciplinary and policy relevant research aimed at enriching the sporting environment.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jennifer Turnnidge place holder pictureDr. Jennifer Turnnidge



Jennifer did her doctorate degree in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University under the supervision of Jean Côté. In addition to her doctoral work, she also completed her Undergraduate (2009) and Master's (2011) degrees at Queen's. Broadly, her program of research explores how coach-athlete and peer relationships can promote positive development in sport. Specifically, she examines how coaches' leadership behaviours can influence the quality of youth's sport experiences. Outside of her role as a researcher and a student, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family and friends.