Sport Psychology PLAYS Research Group

Sport Psychology

PLAYS Research Group

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Current Students

PhD Students

Jordan HerbisonJordan Herbison (4th year)


I'm in the 4th year of my PhD (co-supervised by Dr. Luc Martin and Dr. Mark Bruner, Nipissing University). My research focuses on understanding social identification processes and their influence on youth sport participants’ thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. The key contribution of my PhD to date has been leading the adaptation of the Electronically Activated Recoded (EAR) for use in sport, and developing the associated coding instrument. During my time as a member of PLAYS, I have been fortunate to gain experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Outside of my academic life,  I love adventuring close and far with my partner and our dogs, learning new things, and spending time with family and friends.


Kelsey SaizewKelsey Saizew (3rd year)


I am in my third year of my PhD 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, group dynamics, leadership, team cohesion and subgroups/cliques. I completed my Master’s thesis in 2018 where I looked at the social processes within a sport composed of multiple subgroups. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, and being active with my son.



Beth Barz Beth Barz(2nd year)


I am in the second year of my part-time PhD and a local high school teacher. I’m working with Dr. Jean Côté and Dr. Luc Martin while studying coach developers (or those coaches who coach coaches). Outside of work and academics, I’m a Facilitator and Mentor Coach for the Advanced Coaching Diploma program at the Canadian Sport Institutes in Ontario and Calgary where I support high-performance coaches in values-based leadership and decision making. I also facilitate and work with TC4S (Transformational Coaching for Sport) and for COACH+ in the areas of coach development, research, and content/resource development. This work is supported by many lessons learned while earning designations such as Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), NCCP Master Coach Developer in rugby and multisport, and World Rugby Trainer. I am in my 19th season coaching university rugby (with the RMC men at present) and served the Ontario senior women’s team most recently.


  Alex Murata (2nd Year)


As of fall 2020, I am a second year PhD candidate studying under Dr. Jean Côté with the PLAYS group at Queen’s University. I completed my MSc under Dr. Côté in 2019 and attended The University of British Columbia (B.A. Psychology) and the University of Ottawa (Hons. B.A. Communications) previous to my time at Queen’s. My research interests lie in the examination of stakeholder behaviour (i.e., sport parents, sport coaches, and sport administrators) in the youth sport context. Outside of the lab, I coach youth ice hockey and try to sample as many sports as possible.


Phil SimpsonPhil Simpson (2nd year)


I am a second-year PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Jean Côté. Before arriving at Queen’s, I completed an MSc in Talent Development and Creativity (cum laude) as well as a BSc in Psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and studied for a semester at the German Sport University Cologne in my home country, Germany. I am fascinated by the transferability of essential sport skills to everyday life (e.g., effective communication, goal-setting, taking over responsibility), which is why I got into sport psychology. My research interests revolve around followership, (transformational) leadership, and positive youth development. Besides watching and playing sports myself (preferably tennis and soccer, but really as many as possible) I enjoy going for hikes and learning about music production. I’m also passionate about travelling (given my background) and fun (board game) nights with friends.


Cailie McGuireCailie McGuire (1st year)


I am in my first year of my PhD supervised by Dr. Luc Martin in the PLAYS lab. Originally from Mississauga, I completed my Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies at the University of New Brunswick and my MSc at Queen’s University which focused on subgroups in the context of interuniversity sport. During my undergraduate degree I competed in cross country as well as mid-distance track events. My participation in athletics cultivated my interests in sport psychology focusing on youth sport participation, group dynamics, the sport environment, mental health, and the process of socialization. In my spare time you can find me running along one of the many trails in Kingston, at Orangetheory, volunteering at Revved Up, or spending time with friends playing intramurals! 


MSc Students

Caroline HummellCaroline Hummell (2nd year)


I am currently in my second year of my MSc in sport psychology under the supervision of Dr. Jean Côté. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology with honours at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. While there, I was on a full-ride scholarship with the university's Division 1 women’s basketball program. Due to my participation in various sport settings and at differing levels my entire life, from Team Ontario to the NCAA, I have always wanted to study ways to increase coaching effectiveness so that positive youth development is a direct outcome. My research interests broadly involve coach development, leadership, and behaviour change. My current research employs the COM-B framework to examine the impact that a Transformational Coaching Workshop for youth sport coaches has on changing coaches’ perceptions of their use of transformational coaching behaviours. When I am not in the lab, you can catch me on the bench with the Queen’s women’s basketball team as an Assistant Coach as well as working with the NBYMP as their Head of Coach Development.

Stefanie GazminStefanie Gazmin (2nd year)


I am a Toronto native currently in my second year pursuing my MSc under the supervision of Dr. Luc Martin. I completed my undergraduate degree with honours in psychology at the University of Texas in San Antonio. I have played competitive sports for as long as I can remember, so joining the PLAYS lab has given me the opportunity to combine a few of my favourite things – psychology and sports. My thesis work is focused on how sport organizations facilitate integration and socialization of team member support networks. Specifically, I will be focusing on support network integration practices within the National Basketball Association.



Caroline HummellJen Coletti (2nd year)


Originally from the small town of Dorchester, Ontario, I moved to Kingston in 2015 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Queen’s University and began my involvement in the PLAYS lab in 2017 as a research assistant. I am now in the second year of my MSc under the supervision of Dr. Luc Martin. Over the course of my undergrad and master’s, I have developed an interest in positive youth development, women and girls in sport, and the psychosocial aspects of sport participation. Subsequently, my masters thesis is focused on exploring the experiences of ‘lone girls’ (i.e., girls who have competed on a sports teams in which they were the only girl on their team) from a developmental perspective. Aside from my research interests, I am also an avid soccer player with a passion for music, food, and travel!


Stefanie GazminTiffany Tse (1st year)


I am a first year MSc candidate supervised by Dr. Jean Côté in the PLAYS lab. Originally from Red Deer, Alberta, I completed my Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary majoring in Pedagogy. During my undergraduate degree I worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and strength and conditioning coach. These opportunities fostered my interest in sport psychology particularly in transformational leadership and youth athletes. In my spare time you can find me hiking, spinning, boxing, teaching, travelling, or eating.



Caroline HummellCam Davidson (1st year)


I am in my first year of a MSc in Sport Psychology supervised by Dr. Luc Martin in the PLAYS lab. Hailing from Kentville, Nova Scotia, I completed my Bachelor of Kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS while enjoying a 5-year varsity football career. Since graduation in 2019, I’ve had the opportunity to coach football at the minor, high school, and provincial level. Most notably, I served as the Offensive and Special Teams Coordinator at Horton High School in 2019, helping them to a D2 Provincial Championship. I served as the Grade 9 Basketball Coach at Horton High School for 6 seasons. I have immense passion for sport and its development at all levels and look forward to the opportunity to expand my passion in the field of sport psychology. I will be serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach with the football program during my time at Queens.



Undergraduate Students

4th Year Thesis/Independent Study:

Niël Strydom

3rd Year Research Internships:

Alyson Mainguy

Ella Peirone

Jared Augustin

Mia Kurtz-Favero