Sport Psychology PLAYS Research Group

Sport Psychology

PLAYS Research Group

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Current Students

PhD Students

Jordan HerbisonJordan Herbison, PhD student (2nd year)


I'm in the 2nd 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.

Kelsey SaizewKelsey Saizew, PhD student (1st year)


I am in my first 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, 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.


MSc Students

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


From the small town of Lucknow, Ontario, I traveled to Kingston in 2012, and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Health Studies. Graduating in the spring of 2016, I decided to continue my education at Queen’s in a field I am truly passionate about. Starting a Master of Science in sport psychology under the co-supervision of Dr. Jean Côté and Dr. Luc Martin, my research interests are in elite athlete development, specifically looking at the role of high performance coaching on student-athlete success. Throughout my university career, I had the privilege to compete for the Varsity Cross Country and Track team, becoming the first 5-Time All-Canadian in Queen’s history, and an assistant coach for the program. Looking ahead, I plan to finish my MSc in the fall of 2018, invest my time in training for national teams, and continue working with student-athletes at the varsity level. Besides running and studying, I love playing piano, spending time with family and friends, and watching other athletes perform.

Kelsey SaizewMadison Robertson (2nd year)


Originally from Belleville, Ontario, I am in my second year of my master’s degree in the PLAYS lab, under the supervision of Dr. Luc Martin. I previously completed my Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Kinesiology, at Queen's University. Having grown up playing rep hockey and soccer, I have a keen interest in youth sport and elite sport development. My research interests include group cohesion, social identity, and health outcomes. Specifically, I am working towards better understanding how the multiple social identities of a university varsity athlete effects various aspects of their lives, such as sport performance, academics, and mental health. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing sports, or spending time with one of my many dogs.

Kelsey SaizewJordan Chen (2nd year)


I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario and 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 researcher interests are in the area of coach leadership, coach education, and parasport coaching. Specifically, I am creating the Adapted Transformational Coaching Workshop (ATCW) for coaches of athletes with physical disabilities. I am examining the effectiveness of the ATCW on changing coaches’ leadership behaviours in real-time and exploring the influence of how transformational coaching can support athletes’ quality parasport experiences and long-term quality parasport participation. My sport interests include, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and hockey. Other interests are mine are travelling, music, Netflix, and going to the gym.

Kelsey SaizewDaniel Goldman (2nd 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 acquired a strong passion for positive youth development through sport. My master's thesis project aims to advance what is currently known about the experiences of youth athletes who "play up" at a higher age level. By gaining insight into how "playing up" may affect youth's performance and psychosocial development, I hope to create an evidence-based policy around "playing up" that can be applied in the Canadian youth soccer system. 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, futsal, and volleyball.


Kelsey SaizewChristopher Hague (2nd 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 (2nd year)


I began working towards a master’s degree with the PLAYS research group in January, 2018 under 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 both in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia and now here in Kingston, Ontario. Broadly, my research interests center around exploring ways to increase the accessibility of sport programs. For my thesis work I will be conversing with families of Kingston’s Pete Petersen Basketball League ( to discuss why they choose to participate in sport and to highlight any barriers to sport participation that they may have encountered. Outside of the lab I enjoy being active outdoors, creating art, and sampling a variety of sports. Go Canucks, Seahawks, and Blue Jays.


CailieCailie McGuire (1st year)


I am in my first year of my MSc supervised by Dr. Luc Martin in the PLAYS lab. Originally from Mississauga, I completed my Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies with a minor in psychology and honours in sport psychology at the University of New Brunswick. 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 elite participation, athlete retirement, positive youth development, group dynamics and social identity. In my spare time you can find me running along one of the many trails in Kingston, in a coffee shop or spending time outdoors! 


CailieCaroline Hummell (1st year)


I am currently in my first year of my MSc in sport psychology under the supervision of Dr. Jean Côté.  Originally from the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, Queen’s beautiful campus and excellent research reputation immediately drew me in. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland. While there, I was on a full 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 the impact that coaching has on athlete outcomes. My research interests include: coaching behaviours, coaching competency and efficacy, and leadership styles. When I am not in the gym, you can catch me hanging out with friends, playing with my bunny Tootsie, or watching Prison Break. 


CailieStefanie Gazmin (1st year)


I am currently in my first 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 played on the women’s basketball team at Centennial College where I started my post-secondary studies in early childhood education before I began my psychology degree. I also play for a women’s soccer team. 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.



Undergraduate Students

4th Year Thesis/Independent Study:

Jen Colletti

3rd Year Research Internships: