This lab focuses on understanding and promoting lifetime physical activity, health, and well-being through sport and life transitions. Ongoing research projects investigate the psychosocial factors underlying health behaviors, with a particular focus on translating research into practice. For example, two recent NCAA-funded research grants led by Dr. Erin Reifsteck have supported the development and evaluation of the Moving On! program, which helps student-athletes make healthy transitions to life after college sports. Interdisciplinary projects are a central feature of this lab, including recent collaborations with faculty in the departments of Public Health Education and Nutrition, the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness, the UNCG Athletics Department, and researchers at Salem College and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
Lines of Research
- Moving On! transition program for collegiate student-athletes:The Moving On! program is designed to help student-athletes make healthy transitions to life after college sports. Research on this program focuses on the continued development, implementation, and evaluation of theory-driven and evidence-based cognitive-behavioral strategies that promote lifetime physical activity and healthy eating.
- Psychosocial predictors of physical activity in athlete and non-athlete college students and alumni: Using a combination of identity theory and self-determination theory as a guiding framework, this research seeks to understand the role of identity and motivation in predicting physical activity and health outcomes during and after college, with a particular emphasis on the transition out of collegiate athletics.
- Measurement of sport and exercise psychology constructs: Research in sport and exercise psychology largely depends on the valid and reliable measurement of attitudes and behaviors. This line of research focuses on how key constructs such as identity, motivation, and quality of life are conceptualized and operationalized in the literature, including scale development, psychometric assessment, and interpretation of survey findings.
- Promoting health literacy in minority college students: Through collaborations among UNCG, WSSU, and Salem College, this project assesses the relationship between health literacy and health status among minority college students. The collegiate environment provides an opportunity to prepare at-risk emerging adults to lead healthy lifestyles upon graduation. Findings will be used to inform policies and prevention efforts to increase lifelong health literacy, and to support students in making healthy transitions into and out of college.