Portrait of Monna Arvinen-Barrow

Monna Arvinen-Barrow, PhD; C. Psychol. AFBPsS (UK); CMPC® FAASP (USA); UPV Sert. (Finland)

  • Associate Professor, Athletic Training & Sports Psychology
  • Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Sciences MS
  • Program Coordinator, Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Graduate Certificate


Postgraduate Diploma in Research Degree Supervision (PGCRDS),The University of Northampton, United Kingdom,2011
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE), The University of Northampton, United Kingdom, 2010
PhD Sport Psychology, The University of Northampton, United Kingdom, 2009
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport Studies, University College Northampton, United Kingdom, 2003
BA Technical Fashion Designing, Helsinki Polytechnic (now known as Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences) Helsinki, Finland, 2000 

Speaker Topics

  • Sport Injury Psychology  
  • Sport and Performance Psychology 
  • Psychological Performance Enhancement in Individuals and Groups 

Interests & Expertise

Monna Arvinen-Barrow’s research and applied work is underpinned by psychological theory. Her current research is focused on biopsychosocial aspects of sport injury occurrence, rehabilitation, and return to sport process; transition out of sport due to injury; and biopsychosocial and sociocultural aspects of youth sport. 

Selected Publications

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Clement, D. (Eds.). (in press). The psychology of sport injury and rehabilitation (2nd ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003295709 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Walker, N. (Eds.). (2019). Psychology of sport injury and rehabilitation (Korean translation). Sungshin Women's University Press. 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Clement, D. (Eds.). (2019). The psychology of sport and performance injury: An interprofessional case-based approach. Routledge. 

 Invited Book Chapters 
McAlarnen, M.,
Arvinen-Barrow, M., Iwasaki, S., & Meir, G. (2023). Academic career paths in sport and performance psychology. In D. Christensen, T. Lun, & S. Brueckner (Eds.), Directory of graduate programs in applied sport psychology (13th ed., pp. 48-64). Association for Applied Sport Psychology. https://appliedsportpsych.org/publications/graduate-program-directory/ 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Kaski, S. (2021). Urheilupsykologian merkitys vammojen kuntoutusprosessissa. [Role of sport psychology in injury rehabilitation]. In K. Pasanen, H. Haapasalo, P. Halen, & J. Parkkari (Eds.), Urheiluvammojen ehkäisy, hoito ja kuntoutus [Sport Injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation]. VK-Kustannus Oy.  

Brewer, B. W., & Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2021). Psychology of injury and rehabilitation. In: S. Carson Sacket, N. Durand-Bush, & L. Tashman. The Essential Guide for Mental Performance Consultants; Digital Resource. Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Granquist, M. D. (2020). Psychosocial considerations for rehabilitation of the injured athletic patient. In W. Prentice (Ed.), Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (7th ed.). SLACK Incorporated.  

 Journal Articles
Kaski, S., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Kinnunen, U., & Parkkari, J. (ahead of print). Profiles of mental well-being among elite athletes: Associations with sport-related demands and resources. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2021-0083 

Smith, R. L. K. A., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Moutry, A. (2023). Moving beyond the buzzword: Psychological safety is just as important as physical safety. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 57, 1009-1010. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2023-106993 

Vicenzino, B. T., Skovdal Rathleff, M., Holden, S., McLachlan, L., Smith, B. E., De Oliveira Silva, D., Van Middlekoop, M., PFPP Consensus Group, 2019 IPFRN Group Collaborators (2022). Developing clinical and research priorities for pain and psychological features in people with patellofemoral pain: An international consensus process with health care professionals. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 52(1), 1-53. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2022.10647 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Visek, A. J. (2021). “If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” (Albert Einstein):  Lessons learned. Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research, 1(1), 22-32. https://doi.org/10.53761/  

Clement, D., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2020). An investigation into former high school athletes’ experiences of a multidisciplinary approach to sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 30(4), 619-624. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2020-0094 

Ford, J., Vosloo, J., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2020). 'Pouring everything that you are’: Musician’s experiences of optimal performances. British Journal of Music Education, 37(2), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265051720000078 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Maresh, N., Earl-Boehm, J. (2020). Functional outcomes and psychological benefits of active video games in the rehabilitation of lateral ankle sprains: A case report. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 29(2), 213–224. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2017-0135 

Pack, S., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Winter, S., Hemmings, B. (2020). Sport psychology consultants’ reflections on the role of humor: “It’s like having another skill in your arsenal”. The Sport Psychologist, 34(1), 54-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2018-0148  

Pack, S., Hemmings, B., Winter, S., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2019). A preliminary investigation into the use of humor in sport psychology practice. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 31(4), 494-502. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2018.1514428 

Clement, D., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2019). Athletic trainers' views and experiences of discussing psychosocial and mental health issues with athletes: An exploratory study. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, 11(5), 213-224. https://doi.org/10.3928/19425864-20181002-01 

Ford, J., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2019). Exploring the use of psychological skills training interventions in a music domain: A systematic review. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 34(4), 222-229. http://dx.doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2019.4033 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., DeGrave, K., Pack, S., Hemmings, B. (2019). Transitioning out of professional sport: The psychosocial impact of career-ending non-musculoskeletal injuries among male cricketers from England and Wales. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 13(4), 629-644. https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2017-0040 

Hamson-Utley, J. J., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D. (2017). Managing mental health aspects of post-concussion syndrome in collegiate student-athletes. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, 9(6), 263-270. https://doi.org/10.3928/19425864-20171010-05 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D. (2017). Preliminary investigation into sport and exercise psychology consultants’ views and experiences of an interprofessional care team approach to sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(1), 66-74. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2016.1235019 

Ford, J., Ildefonso, K., Jones, M., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2017). Sport-related anxiety: Current insights. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 8, 205-212. https://doi.org/10.2147/oajsm.s125845 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Hurley, D., Ruiz, M. C. (2017). Transitioning out of professional sport: The psychosocial impact of career-ending injuries among elite Irish rugby football union players. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 10(1), 67-84. https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2016-0012 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D. (2015). A preliminary investigation into athletic trainers’ views and experiences of multidisciplinary team approach to sport injury rehabilitation. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 7(3), 97-107. https://doi.org/10.3928/19425864-20150422-05 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D., Hamson-Utley, J. J., Zakrajzek, R. A., Lee, S.-M., Kamphoff, C., Lintunen, T., Hemmings, B., Martin, S. B. (2015). Athlete’s use of mental skills during sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 24(2), 189-197. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2013-0148 

Clement, D., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Fetty, T. (2015). Psychosocial responses during different phases of sport injury rehabilitation: A qualitative study. Journal of Athletic Training, 50(1), 95-104. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.52 

Zalewski, K. R., Alt, C., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2014). Identifying barriers to remaining physically active after rehabilitation: Differences in perception between physical therapists and older adult patients. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 44(6), 415-424. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2014.5171 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Massey, W. V., Hemmings, B. (2014). Role of sport medicine professionals in addressing psychosocial aspects of sport-injury rehabilitation: Professional athletes’ views. Journal of Athletic Training, 49(6), 764-772. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.44 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Manley, A., Maresh, N. (2014). The potential psychological benefits of active video games in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and deficiencies: A narrative review of the literature. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19(6), 410-439. https://doi.org/10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000156 

Pack, S., Hemmings, B., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2014). The self-practice of sport psychologists: Do they practice what they preach? The Sport Psychologist, 28(2), 198-210. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsnem.2012-0085 

Clement, D., Granquist, M., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2013). Psychosocial aspects of athletic injuries as perceived by athletic trainers. Journal of Athletic Training, 48(4), 512-521. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-48.3.21 

Rovio, E., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Weigand, D. A., Eskola, J., Lintunen, T. (2010). Team building in sport: A review and critique of current methods and theoretical underpinnings. Athletic Insight, 2(2), 147-164. http://www.athleticinsight.com/Vol12Iss2/Building.htm 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Penny, G., Hemmings, B., Corr, S. (2010). UK chartered physiotherapists' personal experiences in using psychological interventions with injured athletes: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 11(1), 58-66. 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Weigand, D. A., Hemmings, B., Walley, M. (2008). The use of imagery across competitive levels and time of season: A cross-sectional study amongst synchronized skaters in Finland. European Journal of Sport Sciences, 8(3), 135-142. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.17.4.399 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Weigand, D. A., Thomas, S., Hemmings, B., Walley, M. (2007). Elite and novice athletes’ imagery use in open and closed sports. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 19(1), 93-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200601102912 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Hemmings, B., Weigand, D. A., Becker, C., Booth, L. (2007). Views of chartered physiotherapists on the psychological content of their practice: A follow-up survey in the UK. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 16(2), 111-121. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.16.2.111 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Clement, D. (2021). How can psychology help with injuries?. In P. Olusoga & H. Gilmore (Eds.), https://eightypercentmental.com/. [Podcast].

Kaski, S., & Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2020). Urheilijan mieli [Athlete's mind]. In J. Erola (Ed.), Tieteen ja käytännön äärellä - Podcast. https://www.lts.fi/liikunta-tiede/podcastit/podcast-11.html


Presentations at Academic and Professional Meetings 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2024, January). Raising children who swim: Top 10 tips from sport science. Wisconsin Swimming Safe Sport Parent Education, Wisconsin. https://www.gomotionapp.com/team/czwilsc/page/wsi-programs/raising-children-who-swim-top-10-tips-from-sport-science 

Shinnick, R., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & McCarthy, J. (2023, October 18-21). Adopting an interprofessional approach to injured athlete care [panel]. The Association for Applied Sport Psychology 38th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, USA.  

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Maher, C., Wagstaff, C. (2022, Octobter). How to publish in AASP journals, The Association for Applied Sport Psychology 37th Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX.  

Arvinen-Barrow, M., (September, 2022). Rehabilitation of the biopsychosocial athlete, The Injury Rehab Network, Stereosport in partnership with British Association of Sport Rehabilitators, Virtual, United Kingdom. https://www.sterosport.co.uk/dr-monna-arvinen-barrow-rehabilitation-of-the-biopsychosocial-athlete-injury-rehab-network-event/ 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2022, August). Controlling the controllables in the pool: Making my mind work for me. Wisconsin Swimming Select Camp 2022, Baraboo, Wisconsin. 

Visek, A. J., Middleton, T. R. F., Scheadler, T., O'Neil, L., Ault, K. J., Oliver, A., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2021, October). Pulling back the curtain: A panel discussion on student equity and engagement in the publication process, The Association for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Virtual.  

Arvinen-Barrow, M., (2021, June 10). Miten huippu-urheilijan mieli voi?, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture Sports Ethics Advisory Board, Virtual meeting (Zoom). 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2020, May). Psychosocial aspects of injury: Tools for physical therapist. Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Physical Therapist Group Meeting, Google Meet. 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2020, April). Fostering a self-determined athlete during COVID-19: Strategies for coaches and athletes. Wisconsin Swimming Club Development Coaches Brunch Meeting, Zoom. 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2020, January). Life after the doctorate and career advice. Graduate School Event: Doctoral Careers and Professional Development, Northampton, United Kingdom. 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., (October 2019). Biopsychosocial approach to patellofemoral pain: Role of theory in research and clinical practice, 6th International Patellofemoral Research Retreat, Milwaukee, WI, USA.  

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2019, October). Pain and Psychosocial Aspects of Patellofemoral Pain: What can I, as a clinican do?, 2019 International Patellofemoral Pain Clinical Symposium, Milwaukee, WI, USA.  

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2018, January). “Baseball was made for kids and grown-ups only screw it up” (Bob Lemon): Thoughts on biopsychosocial youth athlete development, Major Youth Baseball Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, USA.  

Expert Interviews

On-air interview for SiriusXM "Doctor Radio" Orthopedics Show (May 22, 2023), An invited expert interview to provide to discuss psychosocial aspects of sport injuries.  

Interview with Barbara Meyer by Lori Nickel of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Nickel: Let's hear from a couple of sports psychology consultants on the Giannis 'failure' answer [Interview]. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2023/05/12/sports-psychologists-address-giannis-antetokounmpo-failure-answer/70207244007/?gnt-cfr=1 

WISN 12 News: Giannis after shocking playoff exit: 'No failure in sports': The Bucks superstar added that this was "the worst postseason ever" after being bounced by the Miami Heat. An interview. https://www.wisn.com/article/giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks-after-shocking-playoffs-exit-no-failure-in-sports-nba/43727478 

TMJ4 News: Simone Biles' Olympic decision puts spotlight on mental health: 'You want your mind for the rest of your life'. An interview. https://www.tmj4.com/sports/olympics/simone-biles-olympic-decision-puts-spotlight-on-mental-health-you-want-your-mind-for-the-rest-of-your-life 

TMJ4 News: The science behind missed free throws in basketball. https://www.tmj4.com/sports/basketball/milwaukee-bucks/the-science-behind-missed-free-throws-in-basketball 

Publication Launch Webinar for a Research Report: Miten Urheilijan Mieli voi? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qth4T0gR0fc&feature=youtu.be 

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society  
  • British Psychological Society - Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology 
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology 

Professional Certifications and Fellowships

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol.), British Psychological Society  
  • Associate Fellow (AFBPsS), British Psychological Society 
  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC®), Association for Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Certified Mental Performance Coach and Exercise Practitioner (UPV sert.), Finnish Psychological Association 

Selected Professional Service 

Establishing Editor-in-Chief, Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research (JASPR), Association for Applied Sport Psychology, United States. https://jaspr.scholasticahq.com/ 

See also: 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Visek, A. J. (2021). The timely arrival of JASPR: An innovative research publishing enterprise. Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research, 1(1), 4–6. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.55743/000001 

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Visek, A. J. (2021). “Well begun is half done” (Aristotle): A year-in-review of editorial observations to guide aspiring authors. Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research, 1(2), 4-6. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.55743/000007 

Visek, A. J., Middleton, T. R. F, O'Neil, L. O., Scheadler, T. R., Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2021). Accentuating research scholarship through innovative student opportunities:  A mentored approach. Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research, 1(1), 7-21. https://doi.org/10.55743/000002 

Safe Sport Chair, Wisconsin Swimming Board of Directors, United States. 

See also: 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2023). Safe Sport at Wisconsin Swimming [Webpage]. https://www.gomotionapp.com/team/czwilsc/page/wsi-programs/safe-sport-wi 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2023). Psychosocial safety. [Webpage]. https://www.gomotionapp.com/team/czwilsc/page/wsi-programs/psychosocial-safety 

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2024). Raising children who swim: Top 10 tips from sport science. [Webpage]. https://www.gomotionapp.com/team/czwilsc/page/wsi-programs/raising-children-who-swim-top-10-tips-from-sport-science 

Certified Swim Meet Official, USA Swimming, United States.  

Honors & Awards 

The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) Excellence Award (2022, September 23) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award (2016, September 30) Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).