Assistant Professor

BA (Bishop’s); MA, PhD (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 led to research on instrument development and validation.

Recent Publications

Youth sport coaches’ perspective on positive youth development and its worth in mainstream coach education courses

International Sport Coaching Journal, 2017

Project SCORE!

International journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 2016

Quantitative assessment of positive youth development in sport

Positive youth development through sport, 2016

Understanding sources of knowledge for coaches of athletes with intellectual disabilities

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2016

Bullying victimization and perpetration among adolescent sport teammates

Pediatric Exercise Science, 2016

Research Classification

  • No classification given

Research Interests

  • Positive youth development
  • Development of expertise in athletes coaching
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