Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD

Associate Director, School of Kinesiology
Professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology

Research interests: Sports medicine psychology, youth sport science

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Francesca Principe

My research interests are in the psychological rehabilitation of athletes after an injury. I am specifically interested in psychological interventions coupled with strength and conditioning in preparing an elite athlete to return to play.

Areas of interest: Psychology of injury and rehabilitation, elite athlete performance


Kristin Wood

My research interests are in the psychological responses to sport injury. I am interested in certified athletic trainers' use of psychological interventions to increase rehabilitation adherence; as well as improving future athletic trainers' perceived competence in psychological components of stress and injury through curriculum development and hands on opportunities for applied training prior to certification. 

Areas of interest: Psychology of injury, psychological interventions to increase rehabilitation adherence, curriculum development in athletic training education programs


  1. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., & Wood, K. N. (in press). Sport injuries among female children and youth. Invited chapter to appear in the 2018 Tucker Center Research Report on Girls and Women in Sport, Developing physically active girls: An evidence-based multidisciplinary approach. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

  2. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., & Kronzer, J. R. (in press). Sport injuries and psychological sequelae. To appear in G. Tennenbaum & R. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology (4th ed., Vol. 1). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

  3. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., White, A. C., Wambach, A. J., & Rubio, V. J. (in press). Exploring religiosity and spirituality in coping with sport injuries. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

  4. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., White, A. C., Wood, K. N., & Russell, H. C. (2018). Sports medicine psychology. In T. S. Horn & A. L. Smith (Eds.), Advances in sport and exercise psychology (4th ed.) (pp. 387-408). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


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Hayley Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Health and Exercise Science
Gustavus Adolphus College
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Associate Professor
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Program
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Victor Rubio, Ph.D.

(February 2016 - August 2016)

Victor Rubio, Ph.D., CCP, associate professor in the Department of Biological and Health Psychology at the University Autonoma Madrid (Spain), is currently a Fulbright visiting scholar at the U of M's School of Kinesiology, invited by sport psychologist Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.

Dr. Rubio’s research interests are focused on health and sport psychology. Particularly, he is keen on analyzing psychological variables that might make athletes more vulnerable to injury (e.g., stress responses, risk-taking behaviors), as well as those which can affect the rehabilitation process. He is currently involved in analyzing the role of perceived benefits and personal growth following a sport injury and how such aspects can affect recovery duration, treatment compliance, medical staff-athlete climate, and athlete well being.

Ph.D. advisees who have completed degrees
Student Name Title of Dissertation Degree Date
Hamilton, Maya Coaches who care: The ethical professional identity of moral exemplar college coaches. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2015
Valentini, Thomas P. A qualitative case study of a collegiate tennis program’s sport moral atmosphere. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2014
Russell, Hayley C. Psychological responses and rehabilitation outcomes following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2014
Kenow, Laura Making return-to-play decisions in competitive sport: Challenges, coping, and preparation among athletic trainers. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2014
Thul, Chelsey Rodd Understanding the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and culture within perceived, conceived, and lived physical activity space among Somali, Muslim immigrant adolescent girls and young women: Implications for future G.I.R.L.S. programming. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2012
Winges, James B. Athlete perceptions and consequences of parental background anger in youth ice hockey. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2012
Navarre, Michael J. Male college soccer coaches perceptions of gender similarities and differences in coach-athlete and teammate relationships: Introducing the construct of relationship-performance orientation. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2011
LaRue, Mary The role of certified athletic trainers in the recognition and referral of mental health issues in intercollegiate student-athletes. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2010
Omli, Jens Kids Speak: Child preferences for coach and parent behavior during youth sport events. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2008
Mork Armentrout, Suzannah A grounded theory of Ironman triathlete training. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2007
Ruiz, Matthew Effects of positive and negative emotion elicitation on physical activity performances. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2008
Colgan, Deborah Psychological, physiological and situational factors affecting performance in adolescent figure skaters. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2005
Hartman Nippert, Angela “I have four months to compete, eight months to heal”. The sport ethic and girls’ interscholastic gymnastics participation: What does it mean to play through pain? Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2005
LaVoi, Nicole M. Examining relationships in sport contexts. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2002
Schwenz, Susan Athletes’ perceptions of rehabilitation and the use of biofeedback to enhance psychological recovery following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2002
Henert, Shaine Exploring injured athletes’ perceptions of social support and use of coping strategies as a function of injury type, gender, and time. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 2000
Barrett, Betsy An application of the transtheoretical model to physical activity. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1997
Rattigan, Peter The effect of cooperative, competitive and individualistic goal structures on physical and psychosocial outcomes in elementary school physical education. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1997
Shaffer, Shelly Grappling with injury: What motivates young athletes to wrestle with pain? Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1996
Morrey, Michael Predicting injury recovery as a function of affect and cognitive coping mechanisms in athletes who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery: An exploratory study. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1996
Smith, Aynsley Physical and psychosocial predictors of injury in ice hockey. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1995
LaMott, Eric The anterior cruciate ligament injured athlete: The psychological process. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1994
Yi, Luo The relationship of daily hassles, major life events, and social support to athletic injury in football. Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1994
Wang, Jin Youth sport motivation in the People’s Republic of China. (* 1993 AAASP Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner) Ph.D. in Kinesiology 1992
M.A. advisees who have completed degrees
Student Name Title of Thesis or Plan B Paper Degree Date of Defense
Hoppis, Shelby A. Competing while injured: What wrestlers do and why. M.A. (Plan A) in Kinesiology 2012
Franklin, Ayanna N. The role of personality in athletes’ sport injury responses and adherence to rehabilitation. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2011
Pacl, Bryan Athletes’ perceptions of the disadvantages of away competition: A qualitative analysis. M.S. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2011
Wurst, Katherine M. Sport coaching effectiveness for the millennial generation. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2011
Robertson Dooley, Tara Military non-combat musculoskeletal injuries, psychosocial factors, and the role of athletic trainers M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2011
Alcivar, Tom Effects of feedback timing on the learning of a complex skill. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2010
Lobby, Mackenzie Mentor evaluation of a sport-based youth development program. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2009
Cook, Sarah Athlete expectations of athletic trainers during rehabilitation from injury. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2007
Lindstrom Bremer, Karin A content analysis of youth sport parenting books. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2005
Ochocki, Amy A measure of protective factors derived from school sponsored extra-curricular activities. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2005
Whitney, Carolan A retrospective look at the gymnastics experience: Retirement and transition from sport of former artistic female gymnasts. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2005
Uhan, Joseph Team cohesion and individual performance: Beliefs and practices of interscholastic cross country coaches. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2005
Eibensteiner, Julie Competitiveness and perceived competence in NCAA Division 1 female soccer players: Comparing starters and non-starters. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2004
Dulfer, Johan Sources and levels of trait sport confidence among female collegiate volleyball players. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 2003
Nicholls, Kathryn Fitness level and mood state changes in military personnel during a moderate to intense exercise bout. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 2002
Smith, Arianne Predisposing factors to overuse injuries: The effects of competitiveness, perfectionism, and compulsivity on male and female collegiate cross country runners. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 2002
Berlin, Trisha The relationships among pain perception, pain coping, and speed of recovery in male intercollegiate athletes. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 2001
White, Stacey Mental imagery and recovery from sport injury. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 2001
Sampson, Carrie Anxiety-performance relationships in collegiate swimmers. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2000
Potratz, Wendy The relationship of role conflict, role ambiguity, stress, coping skills, and psychology education as relating to burnout in certified athletic trainers. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 2000
Merabella, Michael The relationship between sport specific coping skills and burnout among collegiate athletes. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 2000
Colgan, Deborah Coach-athlete relationship terminations: Effects on the coach. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1999
Roiger, Trevor The effect of group versus individual instruction on the nutrition and weight loss knowledge of collegiate wrestlers. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1999
Turveen, Holly Psychosocial development and achievement in soccer. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1999
Eiben, Katie The benefits of physical activity: Are adolescents getting the message in the magazines they read? M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1999
Pierson, Eric Imbalance: A ramp-up model to adjustment disorder in competitive figure skaters. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1999
Vrieze, Gretchen An analysis of the differences in pre-performance behaviors between expert and average golfers: An observation study. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1998
Ryan, Jennifer Eating disorder behavior among aerobic dance-exercise instructors. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1998
Heniff, Courtney A comparison of life event stress, weekly hassles, and mood disturbance between injured and uninjured female university athletes. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 1998
Hovett, Cindy Recruiting experiences of female Division III college basketball players. M.A. (Plan B) in Kinesiology 1998
Brown, Michelle Athlete, athletic trainer, and coach perceptions of athletic injury cause and prevention. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 1995
Morrey, Michael The relationship between personality type and position type in football as perceived by football coaches. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 1993
Holland, Fiona Psychobiological factors involved in the success of a multidimensional weight loss program. M.A. (Thesis) in Kinesiology 1992