Sport psychologist to speak at Harris Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Department of Kinesiology will host the Dorothy V. Harris Lecture Series in Sport Psychology from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on March 19 in the Bennett Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gershon Tenenbaum, Benjamin S. Bloom Professor and director of the graduate program in sport psychology at Florida State University, will present “A conceptual framework for capturing perceptual-cognitive-motor linkage under pressure.”

At Florida State University, Tenenbaum teaches courses in cognitive processes in sport psychology, measurement in sport and exercise psychology, applied sport psychology, and advanced seminars on ethical issues, and effort perceptions. He was nominated several times for teaching and mentoring awards, and mentored many graduate students.

Tenenbaum is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University in Israel and the University of Chicago. He is former director of the Ribstein Center for Research and Sport Medicine at the Wingate Institute in Israel, and coordinator of the graduate program in sport psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia

From 1997 to 2001, Tenenbaum served as the president of the International Society of Sport Psychology. From 1996 to 2008 he was the editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

The Dorothy V. Harris Lecture Series in Sport Psychology honors Dorothy Harris, a Penn State alumna, a past faculty member, and a pioneer and leader in the fields of sport psychology and women in sport. While at Penn State, she developed one of the first graduate programs in sport psychology in the country. Later, she became the first woman president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State in 1982, and in 2004, the Board of Trustees named a residence hall on the University Park campus in her honor. Begun in 1995, the lecture is presented annually in memory of Harris, who passed away in 1991.

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Last Updated March 12, 2015