Nicole LaVoi, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sport & Exercise Psychology & Sport Sociology
Areas of Interest
Sport psychology, sport sociology, girls and women in sports
Graduate education faculty
Associate Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
My Blog-One Sport Voice : www.nicolemlavoi.com
Videos: Dr. LaVoi's Teaching Philosophy
Dr. LaVoi talks about The 2007 Tucker Center Research Report
Read Dr. LaVoi's blog "One Sport Voice" a critical commenary on all things sport.
School of Kinesiology
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
- B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 1991. Majors: health fitness and communications
- M.A., kinesiology, University of Minnesota, 1995. Emphasis: sport psychology
- Ph.D., kinesiology, University of Minnesota, 2002. Emphasis: sport psychology, sport sociology
Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota where she is also the Associate Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and the co-founder of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium. She received MA (’96) and doctoral degrees (’02) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology/sociology from the University of Minnesota. After completing her graduate work, Dr. LaVoi was a Research & Program Associate in the Mendelson Center for Sport & Character at the University of Notre Dame (2002-‘05) where she helped launch the Play Like a Champion character education through sport series, and was also an instructor in the Psychology Department. LaVoi was an Assistant Professor of Physical Education and the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Wellesley College (1994-’98), and the Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Carleton College (1991-’93).
Dr. LaVoi’s multidisciplinary research includes influences from sport & exercise psychology, sport sociology, sport management, youth development, child development, moral development, and feminist studies. LaVoi’s research has focused on the relational qualities of the coach-athlete relationship, the origins and effect of adult "background anger" behaviors (parents and coaches) on children and youth, the emotional experiences of youth sport parents, the physical activity of underserved girls, the barriers and supports experienced by female coaches, and media representations of girls and women in sport.
She strives to answer critical questions that can make a difference in the lives of coaches and youth athletes—particularly females. To that end, LaVoi was a contributing author of The 2007Tucker Center Research Report: Developing Physically Active Girls, developed the Minnesota PLAYS™ (Parents Learning About Youth Sports), co-developed the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Parents And Coaches Together (PACT™) program with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame, and helped produce and develop the Emmy nominated “Concussion & Female Athletes: The Untold Story” in conjunction with Twin Cities Public Television. As a public scholar she maintains a social media presence through LinkedIn,Twitter (@DrSportPsych), a personal blog One Sport Voice, and contributes to the Women in Coaching blog.
Dr. LaVoi has published and presented on the many facets of her research and outreach in a variety of contexts across the country—most frequently delivering research-based educational workshops to coaches at all levels of competition and youth sport parents. Currently she serves on the National Advisory Boards for Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics, espnW, and the Alliance of Women Coaches which provides professional development and networking opportunities for female coaches, and is part of the teaching faculty for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.
LaVoi played four years of intercollegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College where her team placed 4th (’89), 2nd (’91) and won the NCAA-III National Championships in 1990. She is a two time NCAA Academic All-American.
She has authored and collaborated on numerous research reports, scholarly journal articles, and book chapters, many of which which are listed below.
- University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN., director of sports programming, Center for Ethical Education and The Mendelson Center for Sports, Character & Community. 2002-2005.
- Wellesley College, Assistant Professor of physical education & head women’s tennis coach, Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics. Wellesley, MA. 1994-1998.
- Carleton College, assistant women’s tennis coach. Northfield, MN. 1992-1993.
Fink, J., Kane, M.J., & LaVoi, N.M. (in press). The Freedom to Choose: Elite Female Athletes' Preferred Representations within Endorsement Opportunities. Journal of Sport Management.
Kane, M.J., LaVoi, N.M., & Fink, J. (2013). Exploring Elite Female Athletes' Interpretations of Sport media Photographs: A Window into the Construction of Social Identity and "Selling Sex" in Women's Sports. Communications and Sport. doi: 10.11772167479512473585
LaVoi, N.M. & Dutove, J. K. (2012). Barriers and supports for female coaches: An ecological model. Sports Coaching Review, 1(1), 17-37. doi: 10.1080/21640629.2012.695891
Daniels, E., & LaVoi, N.M. (in press). Athletics as Solution and Problem: Sports Participation for Girls and the Sexualization of Female Athletes. In T.A. Roberts and E.L. Zubriggen (Eds.) The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hardin, M., & LaVoi, N.M. (in press). Inappropriate Behavior and Lesbianism: The Contrasting Falls of Two Women’s College Basketball Coaches. In L, Wenner (Ed.) Fallen Sports Heroes, Media, and Celebrity Culture.
LaVoi, N.M. (2012). Trends in gender-related research in sport and exercise psychology. Revista Iberoamericana de Psicología del Ejercicio y el Deporte (Ibero-American Journal of Sport andExercise Psychology).
Cooky, C. & LaVoi, N.M. (2012). Playing but losing: Women's sports after Title IX. Contexts, 11, 42-45. doi: 10.1177/1536504212436495
Omli, J., & LaVoi, N.M. (2012). The Emotional Experiences of Youth Sport Parents I: Anger. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24 (1), 10-25. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2011.578102
Thul, C.M. & LaVoi, N.M. (2011). Reducing physical inactivity and promoting active living: from the voices of East African immigrant adolescent girls. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 3(2), 210-237.
Minano, Camacho M., LaVoi, N.M, & Barr-Anderson, D. (2011). Interventions to promote physical activity among adolescent girls: A systematic review. Health Education Research. doi: 10.1093/her/cyr040
Nelson, T.F., Stovitz S., Thomas M.,LaVoi N. M., Bauer K., Neumark-Sztainer D. (2011). Do youth sports prevent pediatric obesity? A systematic review and commentary. Current Sports Medicine Reports,10(6), 360-370.
Calhoun, A.S., LaVoi, N.M., & Johnson, A. (2011 ). Framing with Family: Examining Online Coaching Biographies for Heteronormative and Heterosexist Narratives. International Journal of Sport Communication, 4(3), 300-316.
Leberman, S., & LaVoi, N.M. (2011). Juggling balls and roles, mother-coaches in youth sport:Beyondthe dualistic mother-worker identity. Journal of Sport Management, 25, 474-488.
LaVoi, N.M., & Norris, A.L. (January, 2011). Youth Sport Report: Parent Perception of How Frequently Youth Sport Interferes With Family Time. Click here to download report.
LaVoi, N.M., & Kane, M.J. (2011). Sport Sociology for Sport Management. In P. Pedersen, L. Thibault, & J. Quarterman (Eds.), Contemporary Sport Management (4th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Omli, J., & LaVoi, N.M. (2009). The perfect storm: Background anger in youth sports. Journal of Sport Behavior, 32(2), 242-260.