Program: PhD - Psychological Basis of Physical Activity and Movement Control
Degrees Held: MHK (Windsor), BA (Laurentian)
Next Steps: My goals following grad school are to obtain further experience in a postdoctoral research fellowship which will hopefully lead to opportunities to obtain a full time faculty position at a university.
Why Western Kinesiology: I chose Western for its world class program and faculty. I choose to come here to work with top academics in the field in a beautiful campus setting with unlimited opportunities. I have attended three universities and it didn’t take long for me to be drawn into the fun campus culture that Western has to offer.
What inspired me to pursue an advanced degree: I have been a competitive athlete growing up and was always interested in learning more about the nuances of high performance sport. Specifically, I love studying how members of sport teams interact and how social psychological variables influence sport performance. Drawing from my own experiences, I realized that these factors often go unnoticed or underappreciated when they actually have a large role to play in the success and failures of athletes and teams alike.
Favourite Western memory: There are a number of different memories that come to mind, but one that certainly jumps up there pertaining to the academic side of things would leading a committee of graduate students who hosted the 2012 Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium Conference here at Western which hosted about 200 attendees from across Ontario, and Quebec. It was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun to host a conference and show off the wonderful facilities here at Western to other faculty and graduate students in our field.
Best thing about being a student at Western: One of the best things about being a student at Western are the countless opportunities available for students to get involved in just about anything they are interested in. From varsity athletics (I have also been a member of the varsity curling team since I’ve been here), a complete recreation complex, wonderful academic resources, opportunities for travel and opportunities to collaborate with other students and faculty, Western has offered a plethora of experiences for me and many students who attend here.
Advice to student considering Western: If graduate school at Western is an option for you, it would certainly be a good option to consider. When you come here my advice would be to make sure you take advantage of the opportunities and resources here. It will only help you to further enjoy your experience. With a top quality program, experienced faculty, a competitive funding program, plenty of student opportunities not to mention the beautiful campus setting, Western serves as a pretty nice place to spend a few years of your life studying and learning.