Wayne State University

Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium - MSEPS 2017

February 17 – 18, 2017


Hosted by: The Sport and Exercise Psychology Program, Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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Keynote Presenters

Alan L. Smith is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. His research addresses the link of sport and physical activity involvement with young people's psychological and social functioning. Smith is widely known for his research on peer relationships in the physical activity domain (e.g., sport, physical education) and the motivational implications of these relationships for children and adolescents. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Education as well as other agencies. His most recent work involves the examination of physical activity as a means of ameliorating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young children. This work targets behavioral, cognitive, motor, and social functioning of participants and involves interdisciplinary collaboration with experts in neuroscience, motor control, and biobehavioral and clinical psychology. Smith's recent publications appear in outlets such as Human Movement Science, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology and Health, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology and on the editorial boards of Child Development, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Kinesiology Review, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. He is a past president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, serves on the board of directors of the American Kinesiology Association, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Dr. Catherine M. Sabiston is an Associate Professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Physical Activity and Mental Health. Dr. Sabiston’s research primarily focuses on psychosocial strategies to improve physical activity among individuals across the lifespan and how physical activity relates to mental health factors such as body image, self-perceptions, depression and anxiety. Catherine has 140 peer reviewed articles, as well as numerous book chapters and has been involved in over 300 conference presentations and community public health talks. She has received numerous career awards for her work in sport, exercise, and health psychology and has held nearly $17 million in funding to conduct her research, which has been the impetus behind television documentaries, radio and newspaper articles, and a lifestyle behavior show. She is the co-director of the newly developed Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Center at the University of Toronto and leads the Health Behavior and Emotion Laboratory.