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Department of Kinesiology

Exergames Research Lab



The Exergames Research Lab is headed by Dr. Deborah Feltz, University Distinguished Professor and Chairperson Emeritus of the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University.


For over 37 years, Dr. Feltz has been heavily involved in the field of exercise and sport psychology. She completed her undergraduate education at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo in 1974 with a B.S. in Physical Education, Magna Cum Laude. She completed both her masters and doctoral degrees in Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University in 1976 and 1980, respectively.


Feltz specializes in self-efficacy and the

psychosocial implications of sport and physical

activity participation. She is interested in the

interrelationships of self-efficacy, motivation and

performance among youth, teams, and coaches.

Her most recent interests involve the incorporation

of group dynamics principles in Exergame design

to maximize motivation.


Click here for her Curriculum Vitae. 


Her contact information is below:


Dr. Deborah Feltz

IM Sports Circle

308 W. Circle Dr, Room 2

East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517.355.4732



Doctoral Students

Graduated Doctoral Students

  • Cathy Lirgg, 1991, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
  • Jeong K. Park, 1992, Director, Center for Coaching Development, Hoseo University, S. Korea
  • Thomas George, 1993, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Michigan
  • Richard Albrecht, 1993, Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • Stephan Walk, 1994, Professor, California State University - Fullerton
  • Brenda Riemer, 1995, Professor, Eastern Michigan University
  • Melissa Chase, 1995, Professor, Miami University
  • Inwha Lee, 1995, Chung-Ang University, S. Korea
  • Robert Neff, 1997, Lecturer, Brookhaven College
  • Joseph Carlson, 1997, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Sandra (Moritz) Short, 1998, Professor, University of North Dakota
  • Anthony Kontos, 2000, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Leapetswe Malete, 2000, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Philip Sullivan, 2000, Professor, Brock University
  • Rodney Wilson, 2000, Research Analysis, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • James Afremow, 2001, Peak Performanc Coordinator, San Francisco Giants
  • Lynette Craft, 2002, Vice President American College of Sports Medicine
  • Michelle Magyar, 2002, California Department of Education
  • Sian Beilock, 2003, President, Barnard College
  • Tiffanye Vargas, 2004, Associate Professor, California State University-Long Beach
  • Nicholas Myers, 2005, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Amber Warners, 2005, Professor, Calvin College
  • Craig Paiement, 2006, Experiment of One Performance Consulting
  • Todd Gilson, 2008, AssociateProfessor, Northern Illinois University
  • Mercedes Carswell, 2008, Clinical Psychologist, Veterans' Hospital, Texas
  • Graig Chow, 2009, Assistant Professor, Florida State University
  • Teri Hepler, 2009, Associatet Professor, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse
  • Laura Kietzmann, 2009, Sports Consultant, Colorado
  • Olga Santiago, 2010, Research Associate, Michigan State University
  • Jared Wood, 2011, School Psychologist, Lake Orion Public Schools, MI
  • Lori Dithurbide, 2011, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Brandon Irwin, 2012, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University
  • Moe Machida, 2012, Research Associate, Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Veronica Son, 2013, Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota
  • Kaitlynn Sedabres, 2013, Exercise Specialist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center
  • Seunghyun Hwang, 2013, Researcher Korea Institute of Sport Science
  • Samuel Forlenza, 2014, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Shippensburg University
  • Tshube Tshepang, 2014, Assistant Professor, University of Botswana
  • Stephen Samendinger, 2016. Assistant Professor, Drexel University
  • Alison Ede, 2016. Assistant Profesor, California State University-Long Beach
  • Duygu Gurleyik, 2016. Consultant, Turkey
  • Emery Max, 2017.