Ali Kanan

Undergraduate Institution: Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN)
Major: Exercise Science & Psychology
Year entered BSU: 2016
Degree at BSU: M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology; M.A. Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Track
Jobs/GA at BSU: Graduate Assistant/ Researcher for Dr. Blom
Research at BSU:
  • Using sport and physical activity as tools to build bridges and foster peace
  • Best practices for managing conflict and creating positive peace in youth and communities that struggle with violence and inter-group tensions
  • Identifying best practices for positive youth development, coach education programs for increasing desirable/effective coaching behaviors and attitudes.
Personal Research Interests:                                 

Psychosocial factors relating to behavior change, sport for development and peace, motivation models, motivational climate, disordered eating

Advice for Future Students:                                                                                        
The union of thought and action is the most important task. That is to say – you must just do it (the task), and not waste energy in thinking about doing it.
Career Interests:

Professor in Psychology, and Researcher in Sport, Exercise, and Social Psychology