Sport and Exercise Psychology
Student Information 2013-2014

Sport Psychology Students

Here you will find some information about our current students in the program!  Feel free to simply click on a student’s name if you would like to contact them via e-mail regarding any questions you might have.  Also, visit the program Facebook page for further information! 

Second years/Returners 

 

Name

Bobby Hilliard

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Kalamazoo College with a B.A in Psychology

Year entered BSU

2013

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Minor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Jobs/GA at BSU

Research assistant for Dr. Blom; Fitness walking instructor

Research at BSU

N/A

Personal Research Interests

Factors influencing injury rehabilitation and return to play; motivation and anxiety; Schadenfreude in sport affecting team cohesion; coaching strategies

Advice for Future Students

Pursue what you love to do and don't be afraid to ask around; people are willing to help.

Career Interests

Earn a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology; AASP Certified Sport Psychology Consultant; work in a college or university with the counseling center and athletic department.

 

 

Name

Ido Heller

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Tel Aviv - Yaffo Academic College - Psychology

Year entered BSU

Fall 2013

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a minor in Counseling.

Consulting work at BSU

Research assistant for Dr. Razon

Research at BSU

Working with talented young athletes and youth hin distress.  Also, working with the military.

Personal Research Interests

Coach and Athlete relationships; The transition from being a collegiate athlete to non-athlete and the influence of a coach on performance

Advice for Future Students

Be highly focused on what you want, be creative and think what's best for you 10 years ahead, and work according to those thoughts.

Career Interests

Develop sports academy for young athletes, specialization in Olympic individual sports such as swimming and cycling.  Hopefully that the academy will be the home of youth in distress as well, and lead them to a better life.

 

 

Name

Kara Holtzclaw

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Purdue University - B.S. Psychology

Year entered BSU

2013 2013

Degree at BSU

M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Minor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Judge

Research at BSU

The effects of physical activity on youth

Personal Research Interests

Start looking at schools early and do not be afraid to ask questions. Do what is best for you and enjoy the ride!

Career Interests

Applied sport psychology and counseling working with individuals from youth up to the collegiate level.

 

 

Name

Matt Ladwig

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Purdue University Calumet - B.A. Psychology

Year entered BSU

2013

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and M.A. in Cognitive and Social Processes. 

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant in the Department of Psychology

Research at BSU

N/A

Personal Research Interests

Neurocognitive aspects of athletes and physically active individuals, such as:

  • Perception of effort and time
  • Visual perception and its connections with reaction times and movement precision
  • Interventions that may enhance or weaken motivation for exericse.

Advice for Future Students

Do not slack off at the beginning: ask questions about what you need to do to succeed early.  If possible, conduct your own research in something that interests you.  Begin researching prospective programs at least a year before application, establish contact, and even visit if possible.  Take the GRE early.  Waiting for answers on application may be the most stressful time of your life; try to take care of yourself during this period.  Stay optimistic.

Career Interests

Earning my Ph.D. in either Neuroscience or Cognitive Psychology; Professor at a research university.

 

Name

Brianna Leitzelar

Undergraduate Institution/Major

St. Olaf College, Exericse Science major with a Biomedical Studies Concentration

Year entered BSU

2013

Degree at BSU

Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Judge

Research at BSU

None yet.  My GA will involve research involving movement within the disabled population.

Personal Research Interests

I am very interested in the mental effects sport has on a person. There is a wide variety of ways I can take this interest which is one of the things I will need help with in these next two years!

Advice for Future Students

Make sure to explore as many career options as you can when you first start out.  Take the time and effort to see what there is out there in your certain field and start talking to people in your field.  It is always good to start palnning early and having connections right off the bat.  Even if you decide to go in a different direction you will always have that to fall back on or to make yourself unique.

Career Interests

A research focus with teaching and consulting as well.

 

First Years                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Name

Jorge Ballesteros

Undergraduate Institution/Major

University of California, Santa Barbara B.A. in Psychology

Year entered BSU

Fall 2014

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology Minor in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Track 

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Blom

Research at BSU

Youth Sport, Perceptions of coaching, Teammate and coaching relationship

Personal Research Interests

Minority/underrepresented youth involvement in sports, Latino youth perceptions of mental health 

Advice for Future Students

Start as early as possible, visit the school, and make sure you like the mentor and what they are researching 

Career Interests

Professor in Clinical Psychology with a private practice for minority youth. 

   

Name

Nile Brandt

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Chico State B.A. in Psychology & Minor in Criminal Justice

Year entered BSU

Fall 2014

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology/ Minor in Counseling

Jobs/GA at BSU

GA for Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education 

Research at BSU

N/A

Personal Research Interests

Performance enhancing through biofeedback; positive psychology centered coaching

Advice for Future Students

Have a plan, get organized, execute, and enjoy! 

Career Interests

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with Sport and/or Performance concentration; Consultant for collegiate or professional sports team and musicians   

 

 

Name

Nathan Mcgee

Undergraduate Institution/Major

College of Mount St. Joseph, B.S. in Psychology & Sociology/Criminology Minor in Business Administration

Year entered BSU

Fall 2014

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology And Minor in Mental Health Counseling

Jobs/GA at BSU

GA as BSU Volunteer Coordinator at the Muncie Boys and Girls Club  

Research at BSU

n/a

Personal Research Interests

The affects of positive psychology on levels of consciousness.   Utilizing technology to discover innovative ways of enhancing environment to increase the likelihood of individual and team success.  

Advice for Future Students

Keep It Simple

Career Interests

Working with individuals by speaking and interacting with them so that I gain perspective and understanding of how I can use my expertise to serve and assist them in achieving their goals.   Own several businesses as an entrepreneur that focus on positive individual growth.   

 

Name

Kelsie Payne

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Maryville College B.A. in Psychology

Year entered BSU

Fall 2014

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology M.A. in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Track

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant for Mr. Aaron Brewer in the Department of Educational Studies

Research at BSU

N/A

Personal Research Interests

Sports-related injuries and accompanying mental/emotional stress, sports-related gender issues, motivation, media and athlete psychology, and athletic relationships

Advice for Future Students

Start now and stay on top of the game. Also, don’t pick a school just because it’s close to home; go where it is the BEST fit for you and you only.

Career Interests

Working at a top-tier university and/or professional organization as a Sport Psychology Consultant.

  

Name

Alex Wallace  

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) B.A. in Psychology 

Year entered BSU

Fall 2014

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation Track 

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Razon, Fitness Walking Instructor

Research at BSU

Studying impact of exergaming on a. persons with disabilities and
b. elderly 

Personal Research Interests

Rehabilitation of athletes recovering from injury 

Advice for Future Students

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11). 

Career Interests

a. Providing mental rehabilitation to athletes recovering from injury b. Being an instructor/researcher of Sport/Exercise Psychology within an academic setting 

 

Name

Andy Walsh

Undergraduate Institution/Major

Wabash College B.A. in Psychology

Year entered BSU

Fall 2014

Degree at BSU

M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology M.A. in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Track

Jobs/GA at BSU

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Blom Fitness Walking Instructor

Research at BSU

Positive youth development, and TBD

Personal Research Interests

Motivation, intervention techniques, team cohesion

Advice for Future Students

Start looking as soon as you can, and take visits. Get to know people there and really find what program suits you the best, not which one just sounds better or may look better on paper.

Career Interests

Sport Psychologist for collegiate, professional, or Olympic teams/individuals