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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 leadership and team dynamics. 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. I also had the opportunity to conduct a study examining coaches’ attitudes towards sport psychology consultation. My research interests include athlete leadership, group dynamics, and cohesion.

Contact: boisverm@uwindsor.ca


Kyle Bezaire

Hometown: LaSalle, Ontario

Academic Background:
*Honours Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM), Brock University 
*MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor
 
Research Interests:
Athlete Leadership 
Team Cohesion 
Coach-Athlete Relationship 
 
About Me:
My interest in the area of sport psychology stems from my years of coaching and training youth sport and physical activity. The dynamics of the group from a leadership and cohesion perspective always stood out to me as key to successful teams. Throughout my undergrad degree, I engaged in volunteer work as well as research which allowed me to participate within, observe, and study groups and teams. These experiences lead me to the MHK program where I will apply  strong theoretical concepts to further the growth in the general area of team dynamics. My long-term goals include combining my knowledge of the business, physical, and mental aspects of sport to work in a player development capacity. 
Contact:

Ashley Duguay

Ashleyt Duguay

Hometown: Quispamsis, New Brunswick

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Arts (BA), Major in Psychology, St. Thomas University
* Bachelor of Education (BEd), Secondary Education, St. Thomas University
* Master of Education (MEd), Sport Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
* Master of Human Kinetics (MHK), Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Windsor
* PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:
* Athlete Leadership
* Athlete Leadership / Team Leadership Development
* Team Dynamics and Team Building

Academic Achievements:
* OGS Recipient (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017)
​* SSHRC Recipient (2017-2019)

About Me: My interest in sport and exercise psychology is rooted in my participation in competitive sport as an athlete and coach. These experiences have fueled my interest in the general area of group dynamics with a particular interest in athlete leadership, team-building, cohesion, and motivation. In terms of research, my primary passion is athlete leadership and how we can develop leadership behaviours in all athletes. As I pursue my PhD degree, I look forward to further exploring athlete leadership while developing my skills as an applied sport psychology consultant.

Scholarly Activities:

* Loughead, T. M., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., Hoffmann, M. D., & Duguay, A. M. (2014). Athlete leaderhip in sport. In M. R. Beauchamp & M. A. Eys (Eds.), Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sport Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

* Duguay, A. M., Loughead, T. M., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2015, October). The implementation of a season-long athlete leaership development intervention: An examination of enhancing human and social capital. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Indianapolis, Indiana.

* Duguay, A. M., Hoffmann, M. D., Guerrero, M. D., & Loughead, T. M. (2016). Applying social network analysis to examine the shared nature of athlete leadership within a cometitive hockey team: A longitudinal case study. Journal of Exercise, Movement, and Sport, 48.

* Duguay, A. M., Loughead, T. M., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2016). The development, implementation, and evaluation of an athlete leadership development program with female varsity athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 30, 154-166. doi:10.1123/tsp.2015-0050

* Hoffmann, M. D., Duguay, A. M., Guerrero, M. D., Loughead, T. M., & Munroe-Chandler, K. J. (2017). 360-Degree feedback for sport coaches: A follow-up to O'Boyle (2014). International Sport Coaching Journal, 4, 335-344. doi:10.1123/iscj.2017-0063

Contact: duguay7@uwindsor.ca


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:
*Representative design
*Imagery
*Group Dynamics
 
Academic Achievements:
American Kinesiology Association Graduate Scholar Recipient (2017)
 
About Me:
While my experiences as an athlete and coach set the stage for my interest in sport psychology, it wasn’t until taking a sport psychology course during my undergrad that I learned about the field. I was blown away at the impact mental skills can have on an athlete’s (or team’s) development, learning, performance and overall sport experience.  However, I was also amazed at how little I had been exposed to mental skills training in my years as an athlete and coach. This sparked my interest in getting involved with research, wherein I am interested in how to make mental skills more accessible and user friendly by designing experiments that approximate the real-world sporting context and constraints faced by athletes and coaches. I am beyond excited (and honored) to continue this research at the University of Windsor and work with the amazing professors and students in our lab.

Scholarly Activities:

*Tapia, O.A., Cesena, M.R., Ely, F.O., Mouat IV, J.C., Ylanan, R.S., & O, J. (2017). #Motivation: Examining motivational aspects of, and physical activity associations with, fitness-related social media activity. Presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Education (NASPSPA) annual conference, San Diego, CA, June 2017.

* O, J., Wright, E.M., Ely. F.O., Hamor, N., Webb, S., & McCullagh, P. (2017). We play dodgeball in sport psych lab?! An innovative approach to enhancing student engagement, learning, and personal and professional development in an applied sport psychology course. Symposium presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference, Orlando, FL, October 2017.

* Ely, F.O. & O. J. (2018). Dodgeball Lab: Enhancing student engagement, learning, and professional development through an applied sport psychology course. California State University Teaching Symposium, annual conference, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, April 2018.

* Ely, F. O, O. J., Tapia, O. A., & Huffman, J. (2018). Shortening the research-to-practice gap in sport psychology research: A representative design approach. Presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference, Toronto, ON, October 2018.


Kieran Hawksley

Kieran Hawksley

Hometown: St. John's, Newfoundland

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin), Memorial University of Newfoundland
* MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

Research Interests:
* Psychological Skills Training
* Sport Psychology Interventions
* Imagery use in Sport and Other Domains
* Mental Health as it Relates to Sport and Exercise

About Me: Sport and exercise has always held a unique ability to make me feel happy and healthy. It is this feeling that led me to take my participation in basketball to a varsity level during my undergraduate degree. While studying kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland I learned a lot about the human body, but what never ceased to amaze me was the human mind. I realized that I could achieve more in my athletics and academics through the use of skills such as imagery, goal setting, and relaxation methods. Sport psychology offers skills and tools for everyone (not just athletes) to better themselves. My goal at the University of Windsor is to shape myself into an individual who can assist in the process of self-improvement for all individuals.  

Contact: hawksle@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 in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

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

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 of a player or team on the field. Discovering the field of sport psychology has enabled me to grow upon my experiential knowledge of group dynamics and leadership to now include research-based findings. I look forward to studying these aspects of sport psychology and finding new aspects that excite my interest.  

Contact: hirschk@uwindsor.ca


Mitch McCaughan

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Hometown: Guelph, Ontario

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Arts with Honors (HBA), Specialization in Sport Psychology, Laurentian University
* MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor

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

About me:
I have always been involved in some aspect of sport, whether as a completive player, recreational player, coach, referee, or organizer. These experiences taught me the value of having good team dynamics. In particular, the effects that the leaders had on the group made me want to pursue a sport psychology education. My undergraduate degree opened my eyes up to the vast benefits that sport psychology has to offer.  While completing my undergraduate thesis, which gave me the opportunity to research athlete leadership in hockey, I developed a desire to continue my education at the graduate level. I look forward to researching athlete leadership, group dynamics, and team cohesion.

Contact:

mccaughm@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


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


Matt Varga

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Hometown: Lasalle, Ontario

Academic Background:
* Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK), Dean’s Honour Roll, University of Windsor
* MHK in Sport and Exercise Psychology (in progress), University of Windsor
 
Research Interests:
* Imagery use in sport and exercise
* Mental health in sport and exercise
 
Academic Achievements:
* Outstanding Scholars (2015-2018)
* SSHRC Recipient (2018-2019)

About Me: I first discovered my interest in sport and exercise psychology during my first year as an undergraduate at the University of Windsor. It was then that I further explored the psychological side of sport and continued to find opportunities to learn more. As I became more interested in the field, my curiosity in sport and exercise imagery, in particular, emerged. In my final year of undergrad, I was fortunate to have completed an independent study with Dr. Chandler in the SPPARC lab. I look forward to studying the effects of imagery on performance.

Scholarly Activities
* Varga, M., Munroe-Chandler, K., (2018, March). The Effects of Imagery on Effort and Persistence. Study proposal presented at Kinesiology Research Day, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Contact: vargam@uwindsor.ca