Sport Psychology

Sport psychology is the study of individual and group behaviors in sport settings.  Sport psychology examines questions related to continued participation, performance, and personal development through sport.  It focuses on how people and teams in sport settings (e.g. athletes, coaches, parents, referees) regulate their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions so that positive outcomes emerge from engagement in sport.   

Degree Options

Master of Science (MSc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Career Opportunities

Sports Programming for Local and National Sports Organizations

Sports Consultant

Administrative Positions in Local and National Sports Clubs




Program Highlights


Our mission is to be the best students, teachers, academics, and people that we can possibly be. We will do something everyday that brings us closer to our goals, and together, we foster an environment rich with hard work, creative thinking, collaboration, humour, and friendship. We are committed to contributing to our respective fields, to the reputation of our department, and Queen's University. We will strive to maintain balance in our lives and never take our work more seriously than the people around us.

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Students in our lab focus on a variety of topics ranging from leadership theories, positive youth development, and group dynamics concepts.  The overarching objective is to examine the processes by which expert performance, sport participation, and personal development can be fostered in and through sport.



Eligible students are required to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) program; the CGSM Master's Tri-Council Funding (SSHRC) or Tri-Council Doctoral Funding;  and other external agencies that fund graduate students.


Thesis Topics

Titles of theses recently completed include:

  • An integrative case study of positive youth development in a recreational community sport program
  • Youth sport coaches' reflections on leadership behaviours during games and practices
  • achievement despite adversity:  a qualitative investigation of undrafted national Hockey League players
  • Interpersonal interactions and athlete development in different youth sport contexts

Thesis Topics - Where Are They Now


Possible Career Paths