Blair  Evans 

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Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Contact Information

268C Rec Hall
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


Research Interests

How do personal relationships influence the experiences of athletes and exercisers? My research focuses on the inherent social nature of sport and physical activity, and ensuring that meaningful and positive relationships are developed in these settings. With this in mind, my research approach often includes pairing theories or methods from across disciplinary boundaries – ranging from organizational psychology to behavioral economics. 

Youth sport is a central focus in my research – striving to understand how to mitigate negative peer interactions, such as bullying, and promote positive peer relationships.

Group dynamics theories often guide my efforts to study small group processes. For example, I apply social interdependence theory to understand how individual sport teammates differ in their interactions depending on levels of interdependence (e.g., collective goals, shared tasks, shared resources, competition among teammates).


Ph.D. (2014) Social Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Masters of Arts, (2010) Kinesiology and Physical Activity, University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (2008) Sport Psychology, Laurentian University


  • Studying how group dynamics shape experiences in social settings ranging from individual sport teams to recreational running groups
  • Studying how positive and negative peer relationships shape involvement in sport from early experiences in youth sport, to elite level competition
  • Temporal perceptions about exercise outcomes – contrasting how proximal (short-term) and distal (long-term) exercise outcomes shape motivation and behavior related to physical activity

Selected Publications

Martin, L. J., Evans, M. B., & Spink, K. S. (2015). Coaches’ perceptions of cliques in sport: Theoretical framework of emergence, management, and outcomes of cliques. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Advance Online Publication.

Evans, M. B., Adler, A., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (2015). Bullying victimization and perpetration in adolescent sport teams. Pediatric Exercise Science. Advance Online Publication.

Benson, A. J., Evans, M. B., Surya, M., Martin, L. J., & Eys, M. A. (2015). Embracing athletic identity in the face of threat. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Advance Online Publication.

Benson, A. J., Evans, M. B., & Eys, M. A. (2015). Organizational Socialization in Team Sport Environments. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1111/sms.12460

Evans, M. B., McGuckin, M., Gainforth, H., Bruner, M. W., & Côté, J. (2015). Informing programs to improve interpersonal coach behaviours: A systematic review using the RE-AIM framework. British Journal of Sport Medicine, 49, 871-877.

Bruner, M. W., Eys, M. A., Evans, M. B., & Wilson, K. (2015). Interdependence and Social Identity in Youth Sport Teams. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 351-358.

Evans, M. B., & Eys, M. A. (2015). Collective goals and shared tasks: Interdependence structure and perceptions of individual sport team environments. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 25, e139–e148.

Evans, M. B., Cooke, L. M., Murray, R. A., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). The sooner, the better: Temporally proximal exercise outcomes and intrinsic motivation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 6, 347-361.

Evans, M. B., Hoar, S. D., Gebotys, R., & Link, C. A. (2014). Endurance athletes’ coping efforts during competitive suffering. European Journal of Sport Science, 14, 368-375.

Evans, M. B., Eys, M. A., & Bruner, M. W. (2012). Seeing the ‘we’ in ‘me’ sports: The need to consider individual sport team environments. Canadian Psychology, 53, 301-308.

Curriculum Vitae

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Strategic Themes

  • Human Development
  • Domains of Health and Behavior