Sport Psychology; Pedagogy
Coaching Expertise; Team Building; Psychology of Athletic Injuries (concussions); Hockey Violence
My research focuses on applying theoretical aspects of sport psychology research to enhance various factors affecting sport performance and enhancement. More specifically, my research interests currently focus on two main topics: 1. knowledge and leadership skills of team sport coaches, and 2. post concussion rehabilitation in athletes. On the first theme, my research program addresses strategies employed by team sport coaches in terms of coaching style, decision making practices, leadership styles, communication, and behaviours. My research also examines various aspects of team building interventions. The general objective of the second program of research is to enhance the environment for those athletes who have suffered a concussion injury. Specifically, this research program answers questions such as who is at risk for concussions, what personality factors are associated with an improved recovery, and how to incorporate psychological intervention techniques to aid the rehabilitation of concussed athletes.
My program of research uses various qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including individual and group interviews, observations, video analysis, and questionnaires. As well, a lot of my research is intervention based.