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Portrait of Barbara Meyer

Barbara B. Meyer, PhD, CMPC

  • Professor, Graduate Certificate Program in Certified Mental Performance Consultant Coordinator, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology


Ph D Health Education, Counseling Psychology, and Human Performance Michigan State University 1991
MA Health Education, Counseling Psychology, and Human Performance Michigan State University 1988
BS Psychology University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1986

Speaker Topics

  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Integrated Human Performance
  • Rest & Recovery
  • Tactical Athletes
  • Talent Identification and Talent Development
  • Grit in Sport

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Meyer’s research projects are borne out of the need to identify solutions to the real life concerns of elite performers. Ongoing research examines: (a) rest and recovery in sport athletes and coaches, as well as tactical athletes; (b) grit in sport and tactical athletes; (c) the symbiotic relationship between talent identification and talent development in elite sport, and; (d) integrated human performance.

In her sport psychology practice, Dr. Meyer uses a systems approach to: (a) enhance the performance of athletes, teams, and sport organizations, and; (b) facilitate rehabilitation and return to sport following injury. She has worked with professional and world-class athletes, teams, and sport organizations in freestyle skiing, ice hockey, speed skating, football, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, equestrian, and many other sports.

Selected Publications

Gnacinski, S. L., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Brewer, B. W., & Meyer, B. B. (2017). Factorial validity and measurement invariance of the Perceived Susceptibility to Sport Injury scale. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 27(7), 754-761.
Gnacinski, S. L., Massey, W. V., Hess, C. W., Nai, M. M., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Meyer, B. B. (2017). Examining stage of change differences in NCAA student-athletes’ readiness for psychological skills training. The Sport Psychologist, 31(4), 356-368.
Gnacinski, S. L., Cornell, D. J., Meyer, B. B., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (2016, December). Functional Movement Screen Factorial Validity and Measurement Invariance Across Sex Among Collegiate Student-Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(12), 3388-3395.
Gnacinski, S. L., Meyer, B. B., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., Zalewski, K. R., & Ebersole, K. (2015). Tactical athletes: An integrated approach to understanding and enhancing firefighter health and performance. International Journal of Exercise Science, 8(4), 341-357.
Cornell, D. J., Ebersole, K. T., Meyer, B. B., & Zalewski, K. R. (2015). Relationships between extraversion and measures of counter movement jump performance. International Journal of Sports Science, 5(3), 73-79.
Massey, M. V., Gnacinski, S. L., & Meyer, B. B. (2015). Psychological skills training in NCAA Division I athletics: Are athletes ready for change? Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 9(4), 317-344.
Meyer, B. B., Merkur, A., Ebersole, K., & Massey, W. V. (2014). The realities of working in elite sport. What they didn’t teach you in graduate school. Whyte, G., & Lane, A. M. (Eds.). Case studies in sport science and medicine. CreateSpace.
Gnacinski, S., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. (2013). Backdraft: The use of applied sport psychology to characterize firefighter performance. , 2-4.
Massey, W. V., Meyer, B. B., & Hatch, S. J. (2013). The transtheoretical model: Examining readiness for psychological skills training. Journal of Performance Psychology, 2, 3-22.
Massey, W. V., Meyer, B. B., & Naylor, A. H. (2013). Towards a grounded theory of self-regulation in mixed martial arts. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 14(1), 12-20.
Meyer, B. B., Cashin, S. E., & Massey, W. V. (2012). The equivalence of online and paper-pencil measures of emotional intelligence. DiFabio, A. (Ed.). , 183-194. Rijeka, Croatia/InTech: Emotional intelligence: New perspectives and applications.
Davis, N. W., & Meyer, B. B. (2009). A comparison of computer assisted and manual methods of qualitative data analysis. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 116-124.
Kania, M., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. T. (2009). Personal and environmental characteristics predicting burnout among certified athletic trainers employed at NCAA institutions. Journal of Athletic Training, 24, 58-66.
Lane, A. M., Meyer, B. B., Devonport, T. J., Davies, K., Thelwell, R., Gill, G. S., Diehl, C., Wilson, M., & Weston, N. (2009). Validity of the emotional intelligence scale for use in sport. Journal of Sport Sciences & Medicine, 8(2), 289-295.
Meyer, B. B., & Lemley, K. (2009). ACSM's exercise management for persons with chronic diseases and disabilities. Moore, G. E., & Durstine, L. E. (Eds.). , 239-245. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Courses Taught

  • KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise
  • KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement
  • KIN 552: Psychology of Personal Excellence
  • KIN 850A: Seminar in Psychology of Physical Activity: Applications in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • KIN 850B: Seminar in Psychology of Physical Activity: Social Psychology
  • KIN 850C: Seminar in Psychology of Physical Activity: Emotional Intelligence
  • HMS 891: Research Seminar
  • HMS 990: Research & Thesis
  • HMS 991: Doctoral Dissertation