|Department(s)||Applied Human Sciences|
|Building||Health Sciences Building 326|
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.
- Psychometric properties of the youth experience survey with young athletes
- The role of enjoyment and motivational climate in relation to the personal development of team sport athletes
- Debating the applicability of Gagné's talent development model in the sport domain
- Mental toughness training for golf
- MS, exercise, and the potential for older adults
- Positive youth development
- Development of expertise in athletes Coaching
GrantsScore! Using technology to design and deliver positive youth sport programs
- New Scholars Grant
- University of Prince Edward Island