LAB DIRECTOR

Alan L. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. His research addresses the link of sport and physical activity involvement with young people's psychological and social functioning. Smith is widely known for his research on peer relationships in the physical activity domain (e.g., sport, physical education) and the motivational implications of these relationships for children and adolescents. He is presently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine physical activity as a means of ameliorating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young children. This work targets behavioral, cognitive, motor, and social functioning of participants and involves interdisciplinary collaboration with experts in neuroscience, motor control, and biobehavioral and clinical psychology. Smith's recent publications appear in outlets such as Human Movement Science, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology and Health, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology and on the editorial boards of Child Development, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. He is past-president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. Contact Dr. Smith at alsmith@msu.edu.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Anthony G. Delli Paoli, M.S.

Anthony is a third-year Ph.D. student interested in the cognitive and psychological aspects of physical activity. Specifically, he studies the links among higher order cognitive processes (e.g. executive functioning), peer social interactions, and physical activity. His current interests include how executive function can be affected by peer social interaction in physical activity settings among typically developing children and children with ADHD, physical activity motivation, and emotion regulation in physical activity. Anthony serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and as a research assistant for our NIH-funded ADHD research. Contact Anthony at dellipao@msu.edu.

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Olufemi A. Oluyedun, B.S.

Olufemi is a second-year Master's student. His primary research interests are in the areas of child development, self-perceptions, cognitive kinesiology, and motor control. He is interested in a phenomenon known as the Positive Illusory Bias (PIB). Prevalent among children with ADHD, PIB pertains to inflated competence perceptions in achievement domains such as academics and sports. Olufemi has previous research experience involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how they comprehend conceptual metaphors. He serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and as a research assistant for our NIH-funded ADHD research. Contact Femi at oluyedun@msu.edu.

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Kathleen Mellano, M.S.

Kathleen is a first-year Ph.D. student interested in the psychosocial aspects of physical activity. Specifically, she studies the manifestation of athlete burnout and its relationship to coaches' leadership styles and behaviors. Her master's research examined the role of non-autonomy supportive coaches and their influence on athletes' perceived levels of burnout throughout the competitive season. She serves as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Contact Kathleen at mellanok@msu.edu.

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Christine Pacewicz, M.A.

Chrissy is a first-year Ph.D. student interested in the psychosocial aspects of physical activity. Specifically, she studies psychological and social contributors to athlete burnout as well as the progression of burnout and its effects on sport and physical activity participation. Her master's research explored the moderating role of coping tendencies on the relationship between perfectionism and burnout in collegiate athletes. She serves as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Contact Chrissy at pacewicz@msu.edu.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Casey Gallagher
3 semesters
Rachel Gracz
3 semesters
Michelle Masarira
3 semesters
Kelly Zotos
3 semesters
Alexa Applefield
2 semesters
Adrea Donaldson
2 semesters
Sydney Conroy
1 semester
Lauren DiComo
1 semester
Ashley Schneider
1 semester
Kelsie Schwartz
1 semester

PREVIOUS DOCTORAL STUDENTS

INTERESTED IN JOINING SiMPL?

Obtaining research experience as an undergraduate student in the SiMPL can offer unique learning opportunities and strengthen connections with others interested in kinesiology-related careers and working with young people. Our undergraduate research assistants help with literature reviews, data collection and management, data analysis and preparation of scientific presentations. They work closely with graduate students and Dr. Smith and are encouraged to participate over multiple semesters. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Smith or phone the lab at 517-353-6497.

Graduate students in the SiMPL receive intensive research training, teaching opportunities, and other professional experiences that provide the foundation for independent scholarly work in sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Smith accepts one to two new graduate students per year. Successful applicants typically initiate communication with Dr. Smith well in advance of the application period, have interests that closely align with the SiMPL research agenda, and possess strong academic and research profiles. Please contact Dr. Smith if you have interest in pursuing graduate work with us.