Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD

Associate Director, School of Kinesiology
Professor, Sport Psychology
Contact Information

Kinesiology & Leisure Studies

Room 220B Cooke H
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, 55455

612-625-6580
dwiese@umn.edu

 

BIOSKETCH

 

Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., CMPC, FNAK, FAASP is a Professor of Kinesiology-Sport Psychology and the Associate Director of the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is the Director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory and an affiliated scholar with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. She is co-editor of the book Counseling in Sports Medicine, and has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, Elevate Health, and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Dr. Bjornstal is a fellow and Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

About

EXPERTISE

 

Sports Medicine Psychology, Sport Injury Psychology, Youth Sport Science

 

My primary line of research is in sports medicine psychology, encompassing multidisciplinary theory, research and practice in the psychological, behavioral, and social aspects of injury prevention and injury experiences among physically active populations across the lifespan.  Our Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory group studies psychological and social factors that relate to physical activity injury risk, response and recovery, such as religiosity in coping with sport injury, cognitive and emotional responses of athletes to anterior cruciate ligament injury, psychological aspects of sport concussions, narratives of emotional response to microtrauma injuries among runners, gender patterns in sport injuries, and the sociocultural aspects of sport injury and rehabilitation.

 

My second major interest is youth sport science, focusing on children, youth and adolescents in sport and the psychological, social, and physical factors that affect their health and well-being at all levels of participation.  In 2009-2011 I headed a federally funded study that involved an exchange of coaching educators involved in training youth soccer coaches from across Uganda.  My affiliation with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport has allowed me the chance to collaborate on multiple educational and civic engagement efforts geared towards youth sport science, including my appearance in a television documentary on concussion prevention and care among female athletes and writing significant portions of published reports on developing physically active girls.

 

GRADUATE EDUCATION APPOINTMENTS

  • Kinesiology Graduate Education Faculty
  • Prevention Science Graduate Education Faculty
  • Prevention Science Advisory Committee Member
  • Sport Management Graduate Education Faculty

CENTER AND LAB AFFILIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • CMPC (Certified Mental Performance Consultant) and Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Certification #168
  • Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure & Sport Studies (CSKLSS)
  • National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), Fellow (#582)
  • American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)

RECENT GRANT SUPPORT

RECENT COURSES

  • KIN 3136: Mental Skills Training for Sport
  • KIN 5723: Psychology of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation
  • KIN 8126: Sports Medicine Psychology

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Director, School of Kinesiology, 2017-date
  • Interim Director of Graduate Studies, School of Kinesiology, 2018
  • Director of Graduate Studies, School of Kinesiology, 1997-2003
  • Director of Graduate Studies, School of Kinesiology, 2010-2013

PREVIOUS INSTITUTIONS

  • Northwestern College, Orange City, IA: Faculty in Physical Education, Head Softball and Volleyball Coach, 1982-1984
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls: Head Softball Coach, 1981
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1989
    Major: physical education; Emphases: social psychology of sport, biomechanics

  • M.S., Springfield College, Springfield, MA, 1983
    Major: physical education; Emphases: teaching and administration, biomechanics

  • B.A., Luther College, Decorah, IA, 1980
    Major: physical education; Emphasis: K-12 teaching physical education; Minors: health education, coaching
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Selected Publications
  1. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., White, A. C., Wambach, A. J., & Rubio, V. J. (2020). Exploring religiosity and spirituality in coping with sport injuries. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 14, 68-87.

  2. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2020). Sport injury psychology. In U. Johnson & A. Ivarsson (Eds.). Psychological bases of sport injuries (4th ed., pp. 11-30). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology, Inc.

  3. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., & Kronzer, J. R. (in press 2020, April). Sport injuries and psychological sequelae. To appear in G. Tennenbaum & R. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology (4th ed., Vol. 1). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

  4. Straw, C. M., Principe, F. M., Kurtz, E. L., Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., & Horgan, B. P. (2020). Within-field variability of turfgrass surface properties and athlete performance: Modeling their relationship using GPS and GIS technologies. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, Article first published online: February 12, 2020.

  5. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019, November). The integrated model of religiosity and psychological response to the sport injury and rehabilitation process: A Christian illustration. Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith. 

  6. Straw, C., Principe, F. M., Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., & Horgan, B. (2019, May). GPS athlete performance tracking devices for sports field management and research. SportsTurf, 11-12.

  7. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019). Christian beliefs and behaviours as health protective, resilience, and intervention factors in the context of sport injuries. In B. Hemmings, N. J. Watson, & A. Parker (Eds.), Sport psychology and Christianity: Welfare, performance and consultancy (pp. 54-70). London, UK: Routledge.

  8. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019). Injury, psychological susceptibility to. In D. Hackfort, R. J. Schinke, & B. Strauss (Eds.), Dictionary of sport psychology: Sport, exercise, and performing arts (pp. 145-146). Amsterdam, NL: Elsevier Inc.

  9. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019). Psychological predictors and consequences of injuries in sport settings. In M. Anshel  (Ed.), APA handbook of sport and exercise psychology (2nd ed., Vol. 1: Sport psychology, pp. 697-726). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  10. Smith, A. M., Alford, P. A., Aubry, M., Benson, B., Black, A.,…Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Stuart, M. J. (2019). Proceedings from the Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 18(1), 23-34.

  11. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019). Sociocultural aspects of sport injury and recovery. In E. O. Acevedo (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of sport, exercise, and performance psychology (pp. 841-863). New York: Oxford University Press. 

  12. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., & Wood, K. N. (2018). Sport injuries among female children and youth. In the 2018 Report of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, Developing physically active girls: An evidence-based multidisciplinary approach (pp. 73-98). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

  13. 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.

  14. Russell, H. C., Tracey, J., Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., & Canzi, E. (2017). Physical activity in former competitive athletes: The physical and psychological impact of musculoskeletal injury. Quest, 69, 1-17. PDF link

  15. Russell, H. C., White, A. C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2017). Physical and psychological changes during marathon training and running injuries: An interdisciplinary, repeated-measures approach. SAGE research methods cases. London, UK: Sage Publications. 

  16. Russell, H. C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2016). A narrative approach to understanding psychological stories of overuse injuries among long-distance runners. SAGE research methods cases. London, UK: Sage Publications. 

  17. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Franklin, A. N., Dooley, T. N., Foster, M. A., & Winges, J. B. (2015). Observations about sports injury surveillance and sports medicine psychology among female athletes. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 23, 64-73.

  18. Russell, H. C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2015). Narratives of psychological response to microtrauma injury among long-distance runners. Sports, 3(3), 159-177.

  19. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., White, A. C., Russell, H. C., & Smith, A. M. (2015). Psychology of sport concussions. Kinesiology Review, 4, 169-189.

  20. Smith, A. M., Stuart, M. J., Dodick, D. W., Roberts, W. O., Alford, P. W., Ashare, A. B., ...Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. ( 2015). Ice Hockey Summit II: Zero tolerance for head hits and fighting. Published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, 14(2), 135-144, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25(2), 78-87, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 7(3), 283–295.

  21. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2014). Reflections on a quarter-century of research in sports medicine psychology. Revista de Psicologia del Deporte (Journal of Sport Psychology), 23(2), 411-421.

  22. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Albinson, C. B., Henert, S. E., Arendt, E. A., Schwenz, S. J., Myers, S. S., & Gardetto-Heller, D. M. (2012). Evaluating the dynamic model of psychological response to sport injury and rehabilitation. In J. H. Bastos & A. C. Silva (Eds.), Athlete performance and injuries (pp. 79-98). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

  23. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2010). Psychology and socioculture affect injury risk, response, and recovery in high intensity athletes: A consensus statementScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 20(Suppl. 2), 108-116.

  24. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2009). Sport injury & college athlete health across the lifespan.  Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 2, 64-80.

  25. Weiss, M. R., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2009, September). Promoting positive youth development through physical activity. President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, Series 10(3), p. 1-8.

  26. Ray, R., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (Co-Editors). (1999). Counseling in sports medicine. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  27. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Smith, A. M., Shaffer, S. M., & Morrey, M. A. (1998). An integrated model of response to sport injury: Psychological and sociological dynamicsJournal of Applied Sport Psychology10, 46-69.

  28. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Smith, A. M., & LaMott, E. E. (1995). A model of psychologic response to athletic injury and rehabilitationAthletic Training: Sports Health Care Perspectives1(1), 16-30.

Selected Presentations
  1. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019, September). Sports medicine psychology: Developing conceptual models through an integrative approach to sport science. Invited lecture presented at the National Academy of Kinesiology Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.

  2. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019, October). The integrated model of religiosity and psychological response to the sport injury and rehabilitation process: A Christian illustration. Refereed lecture presented at the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, Grand Rapids, MI.

  3. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., & Ray, R. (2019, October). Counseling in sports medicine: Are religiosity and spiritual health the forgotten elements in sports injury prevention and care? Refereed lecture presented at the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, Grand Rapids, MI.

  4. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., Principe, F. M., & Schwartz, E. S. (2019, July). Religiosity and the use of religious ways of coping among Christian athletes during sport injury recoveries. Refereed poster presented at the 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Münster, Germany.

  5. Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019, July). The model of sport injury socioculture: A socio-ecological view of the psychological, social, and cultural aspects of sport injury. Refereed lecture presented at the 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Münster, Germany.

  6. Neff, B., Principe, F. M., Wood, K. N., Straw, C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019, March). Turfgrass properties and athlete perceptions: Using GPS data to predict injury and performance. Refereed poster presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Midwest/North Central Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Mankato, MN.

  7. Principe, F. M., Neff, B., Wood, K. N., Straw, C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2019, March). Turfgrass properties and athlete perceptions: Collegiate club athlete risk of injury and sport performance. Refereed lecture presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Midwest/North Central Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Mankato, MN.