Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Our Faculty and Staff: Erin Reifsteck

Erin Reifsteck

Erin Reifsteck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
351-A Coleman Building
(336) 334-4782
Curriculum Vitae

About Dr. Reifsteck

Dr. Erin Reifsteck holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness at UNCG. She also has a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from UNCG and a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Saint Francis University. Her current research focuses on promoting lifelong physical activity and health among athletes. Dr. Reifsteck has served as principal investigator for two NCAA-funded projects focused on the development of the Moving On! program, which supports student-athletes in making healthy transitions to life after sports.

Classes taught

KIN 644 Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Kin 701 Research Topics in Kinesiology

Kin 716 Mixed Methods in Kinesiology Research

Kin 778 Professional Seminar in Grant Writing

Scholarly and Professional Keywords

sport and exercise psychology; sport career transitions; physical activity promotion; gender and sport

Selected Publications

Gill, D.L. Williams, L., & Reifsteck, E.J. (2017). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise, 4th edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Selected Articles:

  • Reifsteck, E. J., Newton, J. D., Smith, M. B., Davis Brooks, D., & Anderson, S. N. (in press). Journey from control to liberation: Exploring student-athletes’ physical activity perceptions and experiences in the transition out of collegiate sport. The Sport Psychologist. 
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Anderson, S. N., Newton, J. D., & Maher, J. P. (2021). A practical guide and empirical example for implementing ecological momentary assessment in sport psychology research with athletes. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/spy0000252
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Anderson, T., Newton, J. D., Shriver, L. H., & Wideman, L. (2021). Physical activity and health-related changes during transition out of collegiate football: A case series. Journal of Athletic Training, 56(1), 71-76. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0526.19
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Janssen, J. A., & Wideman, L. (2020). Self-reported physical activity patterns of former collegiate student-athletes. Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare12(3), 119-126. doi: 10.3928/19425864-20190506-01
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Brooks, D. D., Newton, J. D., Shriver, L. H. (2018). Promoting a healthy post-collegiate lifestyle: An evaluation of the Moving On! transition program for student-athletes. Journal of Higher Education and Athletics Innovation, 1(4), 54-76. doi: 10.15763/issn.2376-5267.2018.1.4.54-76
  • Reifsteck, E. J. & Brooks, D. D. (2018). A transition program to help student-athletes move on to lifetime physical activity. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 9(1), 21-31. doi: 10.1080/21520704.2017.1303011 
  • Reifsteck, E.J., Gill, D.L., & Labban, J.D. (2016). “Athletes” and “Exercisers”: Understanding identity, motivation, and physical activity participation in former college athletes.  Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 5(1), 25-38. doi: 10.1037/spy0000046