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Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson

Full Professor


Melissa Thompson, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition where she teaches courses in Sport Psychology and Sport Coaching. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her primary area of research interest is coach development with specific emphasis on the internship process and the development of coaching ethics.

  • Sport Psychology (PHD) - Florida State University (2008)
  • Sport Psychology (MS) - Georgia Southern University (2004)
  • BS - Rockford University (2002)

KIN 675 - Advanced Sport Coaching Methodology
KIN 609 - Sport Psychology
KIN 696 - Practicum in Sport Coaching

  • Quality Sport Coaching: The Role of the National Standards for Sport Coaches, Strategies, 2020,
  • Coach Education Essentials, 2019
  • Developing a theory-driven intervention to challenge coach thinking: A case study, Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology., 2019,
  • The coaching journey: Learning as lifelong and life-wide. , Professional Advances in Sports Coaching, 2019
  • Sport Psychology for Coaches, Foundations in Strength & Conditioning Coaching,
  • Measuring Professional Ethics in Coaching: Development of the PISC-Q, Ethics & Behavior, 2016, 10.1080/10508422.2015.1060578
  • Reflective practice in a university-based coach education program, International Sport Coaching Journal, 2015,
  • An exploration of the academic coaching education internship, Sports Coaching Review, 2015, 10.1080/21640629.2015.1121624
  • Developing Effective Internships in Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Journal, 2014, 10.1519/ssc.0b013e31828557d7
  • Parental Responses to Professional Behaviors in Coaching and Teaching, Sport Science Review, 2012, 10.2478/v10237-012-0019-1
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • International Council for Coaching Excellence
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Sport Psychology; Coach Development