Dany MacDonald



NameDany MacDonald
PositionFaculty Member
Department(s)Applied Human Sciences
Phone(902) 566-6482
BuildingHealth Sciences Building 326

Dany MacDonald


Title: Assistant Professor

Education: B.A., Bishop’s; M.A., Queen’s; Ph.D., Queen’s

Dr. MacDonald is a sport psychologist whose interests lie in the development of youth in sport.

My main research interests focus on the development of youth through sport. More specifically, I am interested in how we can use sport as a vehicle to teach children positive skills and values (such as responsibility, initiative, confidence) they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. Additional lines of research examine expert athlete development through environmental (i.e., city size of birth) and individual (i.e., coaching) factors. Finally, I have a strong interest in research methods and statistical analyses which have lead to research on instrument development and validation.

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Research Interests

  • Positive youth development
  • Development of expertise in athletes Coaching


Score! Using technology to design and deliver positive youth sport programs
  • New Scholars Grant
  • University of Prince Edward Island

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Creating a positive experience for athletes with intellectual disabilitiesMacDonald, Dany; Beck, Katie
When "where" is more important than "when"Côté, J.; Macdonald, D. J.; Baker, J.; Abernethy, B.
Place but not date of birth influences the development and emergence of athletic talent in American footballMacDonald, D. J.; Cheung, M.; Côté, J.; Abernethy, B.
Psychometric properties of the youth experience survey with young athletesMacDonald, D. J.; Côté, J.; Eys, M.; Deakin, J.
The role of enjoyment and motivational climate in relation to the personal development of team sport athletesMacDonald, D. J.; Côté, J.; Eys, M.; Deakin, J.
Mental toughness training for golfMacDonald, Dany
MS, exercise, and the potential for older adultsHorton, Sean; MacDonald, Dany J.; Erickson, Karl
Debating the applicability of Gagné's talent development model in the sport domainMacDonald, Dany J.
The benefits of sampling sports during childhoodCoté, Jean; Horton, Sean; MacDonald, Dany; Wilkes, Scott
The impact of informal coach training on the personal development of youth sport athletesMacDonald, Dany J.; Côté, Jean; Deakin, Janice
Community size in youth sport settingsFraser-Thomas, J.; Côté, J.; MacDonald, D. J.
Factors Predicting Relocation Among Older AdultsWeeks, Lori E.; Keefe, Janice; Macdonald, Dany J.
What Should We Build When They Are Ready to Come? Weeks, Lori E.; Shiner, Donald; Stadnyk, Robin; MacDonald, Dany J.
Short reportMacDonald, Dany J.; King, Jared; , ; Abernethy, Bruce

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Promoting physical activity of PEI childrenWhynacht, Jamie

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