Lab Faculty & Students

BARBARA B. MEYER, PhD, CC-AASP

Barbara Meyer

Professor & Director of the Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence
Integrative Health Care & Performance Unit, Department of Kinesiology

Research Interests: Applied Sport Psychology, Integrated Human Performance, Rest & Recovery, Tactical Athletes, Talent Identification & Talent Development, Grit in Sport

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MONNA ARVINEN-BARROW, PhD, CPsychol AFBPsS,
UPV sert.

Assistant Professor
Integrative Health Care & Performance Unit, Department of Kinesiology

Research Interests: Applied Sport Psychology, Integrated Human Performance, Psychology of Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Return to Activity; Professional Issues in Sport Psychology Consultancy

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William MasseyWILLIAM V. MASSEY, PhD, CC-AASP, CSCS

Visiting Assistant Professor
Integrative Health Care & Performance Unit, Department of Kinesiology

Will Massey completed his Ph.D. in May of 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Concordia University (Mequon, Wisconsin). Dr. Massey’s research interests include behavior change and self-regulatory functions in athletes, as well as the use of physical activity to promote positive youth development in underserved populations. In addition to research, Dr. Massey is active in teaching and his applied sport psychology practice.

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Jessica Ford, MS
Doctoral Student

Ken Ildefonso, MA, LAT
Doctoral Student

Mellanie Nai, MS
Doctoral Student

Jeremy Gorgas, BS
Masters Student

Alec Sawalaski, BS
Masters Student

Joana Bielefeld, BS
Masters Student

Megan Jones, BS
Masters Student

Lab Alumni

Stacy Gnacinski STACY L. GNACINSKI, PhD
Stacy Gnacinski completed her PhD in May of 2017, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Drake University (Des Moines, IA, USA).  Dr. Gnacinski’s research involves two main areas of inquiry: (a) integrated aspects of health and performance in tactical occupations, and (b) the psychology of recovery in elite sport. Dr. Gnacinski also teaches core coursework (e.g., ethics/values in health professions, human physiology, psychological aspects of health behavior) in the undergraduate health sciences program at Drake University, and continues to serve athletes in the community as a performance consultant.

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Courtney Hess

COURTNEY W. HESS, MS
Courtney completed her M.S. in 2015 and is currently pursuing a PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her research interests broadly are the interplay between physical and psychological health and wellbeing. More specifically, her areas of interest include positive youth development for underserved child populations, understanding the psychosocial experiences of children with physical disability, and the psychological aspects of physical rehabilitation. Additionally, she is interested in performance-based interdisciplinary teams and their role in serving these populations.

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BEN J. MENDELSON, MS
Research Interests: Psychological Aspects of Strength & Conditioning, Rest & Recovery, Integrated Human Performance

SASHA KARNES, PhD
Sasha Karnes completed her Ph.D. in May of 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Dr. Karnes’ research interests include disease prevention and health promotion, specifically development and testing of web-based programming to increase health behaviors such as physical activity.

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KATHRYN MARKGRAF, MS
Kate Markgraf completed her M.S. in May 2015, describing grit in an athlete population and comparing grit level of athletes across performance tiers (e.g., NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III, etc.). In addition to research, Ms. Markgraf is interested in applied sport psychology.

KELSEY DEGRAVE, MS
Kelsey DeGrave completed her M.S. in May 2014, and is currently pursuing a Psy.D. at Midwestern University (Glendale, Arizona).  Ms. DeGrave’s research interests include program development to decrease stress, injury, and mental health disorders in firefighters, and the effects of emotional regulation on athletic performance. In addition to research, Ms. DeGrave is interested in applied sport psychology.

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Andrew Morgan ANDREW MORGAN, MS, CSCS
Andrew Morgan completed his M.S. in May 2013, comparing psychological skills use of professional oval and road race car drivers.  Mr. Morgan is currently pursuing an MBA at Benedictine University (Lisle, Illinois) and is working as a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness.

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STEPHANIE HATCH, MS
Stephanie Hatch completed her M.S. in May 2012, examining psychological factors in performance among NCAA Division I football officials. Ms. Hatch is currently pursuing a Psy.D. at Midwestern University (Glendale, Arizona). Ms. Hatch’s research interests include the development of integrative approaches to performance enhancement and healthcare of athletes, use of Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy to challenge irrational beliefs in sport, treatment of mental illness in athletes, and career termination/transition intervention in sport and military populations.

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JENNIFER MACKENZIE JACOBS, MS
Jenn Jacobs completed her M.S. in May 2011, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Educational Psychology at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois). Ms. Jacobs’ research interests include examination of sport and exercise as a vehicle for positive youth development. In addition to her academic pursuits, Jenn is the founder and director of Camp Play-A-Lot, a summer camp in Chicago that seeks to empower youth through teaching life skills and promoting an active lifestyle.

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Nick Davis
NICKOLAS DAVIS, MS
Nickolas Davis completed his M.S. in 2007, studying sibling competitors in elite sport as well as sport legacy families. Mr. Davis is currently the head coach of women’s track & field at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he is also an associate lecturer in the Exercise and Sport Science Department.

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MISSY SKURZEWSKI-SERVANT, PhD
Missy Skurzewski-Servant completed her M.S. in 2006, and her Ph.D. in 2013 from Marian University (Fon du Lac, Wisconsin) where she focused on leadership and mentor-mentee relationships. Dr. Skurzewski-Servant is currently the Dean of the School of Business & Technology at Mid-State Technical College.

Sarah ParkerSARAH PARKER, PhD
Sarah Parker completed her M.S. in 2006, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) where she studied stem cell interventions in the treatment of hypertension. Dr. Parker is currently a Project Scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA) where she utilizes mass spectrometry-based and other techniques to study heart disease.Contact & Curriculum Vitae

MICHELLE KANIA, MS
Michelle Kania completed her M.S. in 2005, studying burnout among certified athletic trainers. Ms. Kania currently works as a physical therapy extender at Dreyer Medical Clinic (Aurora, Illinois), where she provides oversight to therapeutic exercise programs for individuals with a variety of orthopedic conditions. Ms. Kania is also working to develop a fee-for-service program for general athletic development including video gait analysis, and video throwing analysis.

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Holly TammHOLLY TAMM, MS, CSCS
Ms. Tamm completed her M.S. in 2005, and is currently the owner of two personal training studios, Fitness Together Mequon, and Fitness Together Whitefish Bay. Ms. Tamm also works as the strength and conditioning coach at DSHS, and is the creator and founder of One Up Training, a mobile, female-athlete-only strength and conditioning company.