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Team Members Psychology of Physical Activity

Dr. Sarah Ullrich-French

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

Program Faculty

Prevention Science

PEB 112
Pullman, WA 99164-1410

(509) 335-6858

Teaching / Professional interests

Dr. Sarah Ullrich-French teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology, social psychology, motivation theory, and research methods. She holds memberships in international professional organizations including the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and the Society for Research on Adolescents.

Research interests

Dr. Ullrich-French’s research crosses areas within the college of education, across campus, and in the community. Her formal training is in Kinesiology with an emphasis on sport and exercise psychology and youth physical activity. Her interest in youth physical activity intersects with areas of social development, psychology, education, positive youth development, and health. Dr. Ullrich-French’s research addresses social context and motivational processes in youth physical, social, and psychological development. The first strand of her research involves examining physical activity motivational processes and behavioral outcomes in youth. The second strand of her research involves how physical contexts and interventions impact youth psychosocial, behavioral, and health outcomes. Current research activities address how mindfulness and self-compassion can be used within physical activity contexts to mitigate self-conscious emotions and foster positive self-views and motivation for long-term participation in physical activity.

Psychology of Physical Activity Laboratory
Smith Gym 213-A

Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology
Washington State University
Pullman, WA  99164