- Bachelor's Degree: Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1996
- Master's Degree: Kinesiology, University of Wyoming, 2000
- Ph.D.: Kinesiology, Indiana University, 2007
I received my PhD from Indiana University in 2007. I am currently an Associate Professor and division leader of the Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences program area of study in the Louisiana State University School of Kinesiology. My research investigates motivational and emotional determinants of physical activity, motor skill performance, learning, and psychological well-being. I have a strong interest in exploring substantive methodological issues associated with the application of motivational theory in natural settings. A secondary research focus explores the use of schools as a point of intervention for children’s health and well-being. I have been highly engaged in professional service with organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and currently serve on numerous editorial boards. I have also been very active in mentoring graduate students.