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Current Students

Current Students


Matthieu Boisvert

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Arts (BA), Specializaton in Psychology, Concordia University
* MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Windsor
* PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (In progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:
* Athlete Leadership
* Group Dynamics
* Team Cohesion

About Me: 
My interest in sport and exercise psychology stems from my experiences as a competitive hockey goaltender, where I learned first hand about the importance of the mental aspect of performance. Theses experiences led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology, where I had the opportunity to gain experience in the field of sport psychology conducting research on coaches and the coach-athlete relationship. My graduate research interests focus on athlete leadership and group dynamics. My master’s project involved conducting a leadership development program that targeted the enhancement of athlete leadership behaviours of youth hockey players. For my doctoral research, I will be conducting a meta-analysis on athlete leadership and focus group interviews to assist in the development of an online athlete leadership development program.

Contact: boisverm@uwindsor.ca


 

Samantha D’Agostino

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Academic Background:
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology and Community Health Promotion, Daemen College
MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:

  • Psychological resilience in athletes
  • Self-presentation in sport
  • Psychological skills training

About Me:
Sport is a foundational part of who I am and has been a great influence on my academic interests in sport and exercise psychology. As a competitive athlete, it wasn’t until later in my career where I noticed how little I had learned about sport psychology. Whilst being a collegiate athlete and completing my undergraduate degree in psychology, I spent years searching for links between what I was learning in classes and how I could apply them to my sport to enhance both personal and team performances. Therefore, I find my research interests laying within understanding different psychological factors and skills that affect athletes mental and physical performance. I am beyond grateful to continue my academic career at the University of Windsor and I look forward working with the students in SPPARC.

Academic Achievements:
OGS Recipient (2021-2022)

Scholarly Activities:
Ely, F. O., Paré, M. A., D’Agostino, S. A., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2021). The mental skills pathway: A guide for sequencing psychological skills training. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Contact: dagosti2@uwindsor.ca


Myles Doan

Hometown: LaSalle, Ontario

Academic Background:

*Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK), University of Windsor
*MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:
*Team Building and Cohesion
*Group Dynamics
*Athlete Leadership

About Me:
My interest in sport and exercise psychology stems from my time as an athlete playing hockey at the OHL and OUA levels. During my undergraduate degree, I began coaching and was introduced to sport and exercise psychology courses. While completing these courses and reflecting on my experiences in sport, I realized the impact of mental skills, leadership, group dynamics, and cohesion. This led me to pursue a MHK in hopes of enhancing athletes’ experiences through coaching and consulting. In terms of research interests, I’m conducting an applied research project examining team-building, cohesion, and leadership in men’s hockey.


Frank Ely

Frank Ely

Hometown: *Albany, California, USA
 
Academic Background:
* B.S. in Kinesiology, California State University, East Bay
* M.S. in Kinesiology, California State University, East Bay
* PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor
 
Research Interests:
  • Research-to-practice gap
  • Knowledge translation
  • Psychological skills training
  • Imagery
  • Para-sport
Academic Achievements:
  • American Kinesiology Association Graduate Scholar Recipient (2017)
  • Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Recipient (2021)
About Me:
My passion for sport, exercise, and performance psychology lies in helping athletes and coaches both access information on mental or psychological skills and apply strategies to effectively implement these skills into practice and competition. As such, my research focuses primarily on narrowing the research-to-practice gap in sport psychology by exploring ways to translate, disseminate, and implement research into practice. For my dissertation research, I am examining the effectiveness of online resources to deliver a psychological skills training program to athletes with a physical disability. In addition to research, I work with athletes and coaches to help them optimize their performance through psychological skills training, leadership education, and team-building activities. Currently, I am the High Performance Coach for the University of Windsor’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams, however, I have also worked with youth, recreational, NCAA, and USPORTS athletes across sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, softball, soccer, and wrestling.

Scholarly Activities:

  • Ely, F. O., O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2021). How intervention research designs may broaden the research-to-practice gap in sport psychology. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 12(2), 101-113. DOI: 10.1080/21520704.2020.1798573
  • Ely, F. O., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., O, J., & McCullagh, P. (2020). The practice of imagery: A review of 25 years of applied sport imagery recommendations. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 15(1), 1-18. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1515/jirspa-2020-0018
  • O, J., Ely, F. O., & Magalas, S. (2020). It’s all about timing: An imagery intervention examining multiple image speed combinations. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 32 (3), 256-276. DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2019.1570391

Ashley Flemington

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

Academic background:
*B.Sc. Honours in Kinesiology, Queen’s University
*M.Sc. in Kinesiology, McMaster University
*PhD in sport and exercise psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research interests:
*Athlete Leadership
*Leadership Development
*Group Dynamics

About me:
I was drawn to the field of sport psychology through my experiences as an athlete, a sport coach, and a strength and conditioning coach. Throughout my experiences I have been a part of teams that succeed, surpassed expectations, and those that fell short. What always interested me was the variety of personalities and leadership structures that took place, and I wanted to better understand why this happens and how it impacts a team. As I pursue my PhD, I am excited to learn more about these relationships and how we can improve the performance and experiences of young athletes.

Contact: flemin41@uwindsor.ca


Katie Hirsch

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Hometown: Durham, North Carolina, USA

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Science (BS), Psychology and Sociology, Furman University
* MHK, Specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Windsor
* PhD(c) in Kinesiology, Specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor
 
Research Interests:
Athlete Leadership
Leader Fairness
Group Dynamics
Body Image in Sport
 
Academic Achievements:
OGS Recipient (2018-2019, 2020-2021)
Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant (GATA) Award in Educational Practice (2020)
Outstanding Graduate Research Award – Master's for Applied Human Performance (2020)
AASP Conference Student Abstract Award (2020)

About Me:
My interest in sport and exercise psychology stems from my involvement in sport as a child when I participated in soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball at varying levels of competition. My involvement as a player sparked my interest in coaching, refereeing, and mentoring in the sport environment. As a result of my experience viewing sport form different perspectives, I was able to see how influential team relations and leadership components are to a team's success on and off the field. Additionally, I have grown to better understand how important off-the-field dynamics can play into the success and development of an athlete on and off the field. Discovering the field of sport psychology has enabled me to build upon my experiential knowledge of group dynamics and leadership to now include research-based findings. I look forward to continuing to study these aspects of sport psychology and finding new aspects that excite my interests. 

Scholarly Activities:
* Loughead, T. M., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., Hirsch, K. E., & Boisvert, M. M. (2021). Athlete leadership in sport. In L. Davis, R. Keegan, & S. Jowett (Eds.), Social psychology in sport. Human Kinetics.
*Loughead, T. M., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., Boisvert, M. M., & Hirsch, K. E. (in press). Athlete leadership. In E. Filho & I. Basevitch (Eds.), Sport, exercise, and performance psychology: Research directions to advance the field (pp. 161-175). Oxford University Press.
* Blomquist, K. K., Hirsch, K. E., Lomas, E., Montgomery, K., & Becker, C. B. (2021). Dissemination of a dissonance-based body image promotion program in church settings: A preliminary controlled pilot study with adult women. Body Image, 36, 263-268.
* Hirsch, K. E., Ely, F. O., Doan, M. M., Loughead, T. M., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2021). A crisis management framework for athlete leaders: Reflections from university athletes’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 43, S71.
* Ely, F. O., Hirsch, K. E., Doan, M. M., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., & Loughead, T. M. (2021). From physical to virtual: University athletes’ perceptions of team communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 43, S63.
* Hirsch, K. E., & Blomquist, K. K. (2020). Community-based prevention programs for disordered eating and obesity. Current Obesity Reports, 9(1), 81-97.
* Loughead, T. M., Hirsch, K. E., Boisvert, M. M., & Maechel, C. (2020). Athlete Leadership in Youth Sport. In M. W. Bruner, M. A. Eys, & L. J. Martin (Eds.), Group Dynamics in Youth Sport (pp. 73-89). Elsevier/Academic Press.
* Loughead, T. M., Boisvert, M. M., & Hirsch, K. E. (2020). Coaching cohesive teams. In R. Resendre & R. Gomes (Eds.), Coaching for Human Development and Performance in Sports (pp. 321-339). Springer.

Contact: hirschk@uwindsor.ca


Irene Muir

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK), University of Windsor
* MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Windsor
​* PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:
* Imagery Use in Sport, Exercise, and Dance
* Youth Involvement in Sport and Dance
* Active Play

About Me:
My interest in the field of sport and exercise psychology is established through my involvement as a competitive dancer and numerous recreational sports.  Through my experience of choreographing dance routines for multiple events and competitions, I have realized the importance of mental skill training as a technique to enhance performance.  From a research perspective, my interests include the development and utilization of imagery amongst dancers, with a greater focus on children’s dance, as well as investigating the effects of imagery training programs in both dance and aesthetic sport. 

Scholarly Activities:
* Muir, I. L., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2016, March). The 4 W's of young female dancers' use of imagery: Where, when, why, and what. Study proposal presented at the meeting of the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (ECSEPS), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Contact: muiri@uwindsor.ca


Melissa Pare

Hometown: LaSalle, Ontario

Academic Background:

  • HBSc in Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • MKin, specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • PhD in Kinesiology, specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:

  • Psychology of sport injury and rehabilitation
  • Psychological skills training
  • Psychological skills training education for athletic therapists
  • Mental Health and Exercise

About Me:
My interests in sport and exercise psychology stems from my experiences as a varsity basketball player. Throughout my basketball career, I sustained numerous severe injuries in which I met with sport psychology specialists to assist in the rehabilitation process. These experiences led me to research revolving around the psychological aspects of sport injury and rehabilitation. Additional research interests include the influence of exercise on university student mental health. From an applied perspective, I have experience as a mental performance coach at the university, college, and youth level. Also, I have a passion for coaching youth basketball.

Scholarly Activities:
Tracey, J., Russell, H., & Paré, M. (2019). Reactions to concussion rehabilitation: Amy Parent, a freshman basketball player. In M. Arvinen-Barrow & D. Clement (Eds.), the psychology of sport injury and performance injury: An interprofessional case-based approach (pp. 62-79). New York: Routledge.

Paré, M., Muir, I., Munroe-Chandler, K., Loughead, T., & Sutherland, C. (2021, October 10). University students’ perceptions of exercise counselling: A qualitative examination of the UWorkItOut UWin exercise program. [Oral Presentation]. Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Online.

Paré, M., Muir, I., & Munroe-Chandler, K. (2021, June 10). Improving mental health through exercise: University students’ perceptions of the UWorkItOut UWin program. [Oral Presentation]. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Online.

Paré, M. & Tracey, J.  (2019, October 25). Sport-related concussion and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A autoethnographic comparison of post-injury responses [Poster presentation]. Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Portland, OR, United States of America.

Paré, M. & Tracey, J. (2019, October 17). When words fail, pictures speak: A visual autoethnography of a female university student-athlete with post-concussion syndrome [Oral Presentation]. Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Paré, M., Rodden-Aubut, S., Tracey, J., & Donald, S. (2019, October 17). AMPing up athletes: Design and implementation of a mental skills program for varsity athletes [Poster presentation]. Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Contactpare41@uwindsor.ca


Mason Sheppard

 

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

Academic Background:
Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK), University of Windsor
Master of Human Kinetics: Applied Human Performance, Specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology (MHK; in progress)
 

Research Interests:
Athlete Leadership, Shared Athlete Leadership, Team Cohesion, Group Dynamics

About Me:
My interest in sport and exercise psychology stems from my past experiences playing and coaching a variety of sports, including ice hockey, volleyball, baseball and squash. These experiences motivated me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics, where I had to opportunity to experience a wide range of courses within the realm of sport and exercise psychology. My research interests include athlete leadership, and the notion that athlete leadership Is a shared phenomenon.

Scholarly Activities:
Loughead, T. M., Sheppard, M. B., & Hirsch, K. E. (submitted). How everyone can lead in their own way: The importance of athlete leadership. Frontiers for Young Minds.

Loughead, T. M., Sheppard, M. B., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., & Hirsch, K. E. (2021, May 13-15). Athlete Leadership: “What are We Sharing?”. In S. A. Wolf & V. V. Wergin (Chairs), Carrying the weight of the team on your shoulders: Task-related, positional, situational, and role-related social indispensability and its consequences [Symposium]. German Association of Sport Psychology 53rd Annual Conference, Tubingen, Germany.

Sheppard, M. B., & Loughead, T. M. (2021, March 25-26). Examining the psychometrics of shared leadership inventories [Conference session].  Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Windsor, ON, Canada.

Contact: shepp113@uwindsor.ca 


Jessica Simpson

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Hometown: London, Ontario

Academic Background: 
Jessica is a 4th year undergraduate student who is working in the lab while completing her undergraduate thesis