Edward McAuley to Deliver Annual Sport Psychology Lecture

January 25, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Edward McAuley, a professor in the departments of Kinesiology and Psychology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the university’s Exercise Psychology Laboratory, will deliver this year’s annual Dorothy V. Harris Lecture in Sport Psychology at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10.

McAuley’s presentation, “Physical Activity and Aging: Psychological Outcomes and Underlying Processes,” will take place in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building) on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public.

McAuley’s research focuses on health psychology and behavioral medicine with an emphasis on physical activity, aging, and psychological and physical function. He is particularly interested in how perceptions of personal efficacy influence and are influenced by physical activity and the effects such parameters have on functional outcomes in older adults. McAuley also has a strong research interest in exercise and treatment adherence.

McAuley has published more than 150 refereed papers related to his research and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology and Aging and Health Psychology. He has been named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois and has also received the campus award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

McAuley received his bachelor’s degree from University College, Worcester (England), his master’s degree from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine and previously held faculty positions at Kansas State University and the University of Oregon.

The Harris Lecture, sponsored by the Penn State Department of Kinesiology, is presented annually in memory of Dorothy V. Harris (1931-1991), a long-time faculty member who created one of the first sports psychology graduate programs in the nation. Among the numerous accomplishments during her career, Harris was the first woman president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity; was the first recipient of the Women’s Sport Foundation Award for contribution to women in sport; the first woman and first American to be inducted as a Fellow into the International Society of Sport Psychology; and the recipient of the first Fulbright Research Scholarship in Psychology that was awarded to conduct research in sport psychology.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact Amy Mitchell in the Penn State Department of Kinesiology at (814) 863-1163 or alb1@psu.edu, or the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.