This year was the very first Independent Learning Experience Event sponsored by the PsycHD Club. You can learn more and access the information that was covered at the meeting and all those amazing opportunities here: Independent Learning Experience Information
Have you heard of Sport Psychology before? Can you describe it? Did you know that the Psychology program here at UWGB had two sport psychologists on the faculty and a Sport Psychology masters program?
Let’s break it down…
Drs. Jana Fogaca and Alan Chu are the two Psychology faulty who are Sport Psychologists. They both work with students on research regarding sport psychology and they are the two in charge of the master program. Here is what they had to say about some further information on sport psychology for those of us who are fairly new to the topic.
- How would you describe sport psychology?
- Sport psychology focuses on the use of psychological skills to perform well
- typically work with athletes, but the field has been expanding to work with other performers, such as musicians, dancers, surgeons, and pilots
- Psychological skills include strategies like deep breathing, mindfulness, self-talk, imagery, developing a growth mindset, working well with others, being a good leader, etc
- One nice thing is to use sport activities to teach these skills to kids. It helps them build their confidence and perform better at school and engage less in risky behavior.
- What are the important aspects to know about the sport psychology master’s program?
- The masters program is prepared to receive students who want to work in applied sport psychology (with the applied track) and who want to focus on research and pursue doctoral studies (thesis track).
- We designed it in a way that the students will have opportunity to take all the courses necessary for the CMPC (certified mental performance consultant) certification.
- We also have two faculty, Dr. Fogaca and Dr. Chu, who are certified and part of the list of approved mentors.
- We also have great connections with the community and they are excited to receive potential interns and researchers from our program.
- What kind of work is done with students in the sport psychology research lab?
- RAs help with literature review, design, and may do some pilot data collection and analysis
- “This semester, we are finishing up the plan for an intervention at the YMCA where we will use basketball and volleyball drills to teach psychological skills to the participants. They are helping me think about the drills, how to incorporate psychological skills into them, and how to communicate difficult concepts to kids. On the second half of the semester, they will help me implement the project and collect data.” – Dr. Fogaca
- “For field experience, some of my RAs and I will go to several high schools in this areas to collect data on sport motivation, meet with coaches to provide suggestions, and deliver some mental skills workshops to athletes. For lab experience, we have been planning projects on the effects of novelty on motivation (in collaboration with Dr. Cowell) and gender and racial biases in sport (in collaboration with Dr. Fogaca) that will involve experiments with the use of physiological measures such as eye tracking.” – Dr. Chu
Psi Chi President and Vice President
Name: Emma Yeager
Major: Psychology with a Mental Health Emphasis & Human Biology with a Health Science Emphasis
Career Aspirations: My current plan is to continue onto medical school to become a Pediatric Psychiatrist.
Name: Kassidy Murphy
Major: Psychology with a Mental Health Emphasis
Position: Vice President
Career Aspirations: Go on to graduate school for my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and become a licensed professional counselor with my own practice.
PsycHD Club President and Vice President
Name: Katie Sorebo
Majors: Psychology and English
Career Aspirations: I hope to get my masters in Special Education or Educational Psychology to teach, conduct research, and eventually take part in higher education.
Name: Sophie Sielen
Position: Vice President
Career Aspirations: I hope to eventually go onto graduate school, but first I am taking some time to gain work experience in victim advocacy type careers.
We have the PsycHD club and Psi Chi which is the Psi Chi honor society. ANYONE and EVERYONE who is interest in psychology or learning a bit more about psychology is welcome to attend both organization’s meetings and events.
The sponsored meetings/events are every Tuesday at 5:15pm in MAC 107. PsycHD and Psi Chi switch off weeks in which they sponsor meetings/events. This semester we are planning incorporating something each week whether it is guest speakers, Q&A panels, workshops, social events, and much more. If this interests you please stop by MAC 107 Tuesdays at 5:15pm.
You can also keep up with our social media where we will post updates about events and meeting on:
- UWGB Psychd Club
- UWGB Psi Chi
- Instagram: psychd.uwgb
- Snapchat: gb_psychclub
If you have anymore questions feel free to email the clubs at:
- PsycHD: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Psi Chi: email@example.com