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Blair Evans
Blair Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Summary Statement

Blair Evans' research focuses on the inherent social nature of sport and physical activity, and ensuring that meaningful and positive relationships are developed in these settings. 

Department
  • Kinesiology - KINES
Education
  • Ph.D., 2014, Social Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • M.A., 2010, Kinesiology and Physical Activity, University of Lethbridge
  • B.A., (Hons), 2008, Sport Psychology, Laurentian University
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Phone
Office Address
268C Rec Hall
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Specializations
  • 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
Grants and Research Projects

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).

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