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Amber Shipherd

Assistant Professor

Fall 2014 Office Hours:
MTWR 10-11am

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Psychology

Education

Ph.D. (2013) Texas Tech University - College of Education - Educational Psychology: Exercise & Sport Sciences minor 
M.S. (2010) The Florida State University - College of Education - Educational Psychology/Sport and Exercise Psychology; Certificate in Program Evaluation
B.S. (2004) University of California, Davis - College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Human Development: Psychology minor


Research Interests

Research Interests:
 
Effective applied sport/exercise/performance psychology practices, techniques, and interventions
Athlete peer leadership development
Sport injury prevention and rehabilitation
Self-efficacy in sport and exercise
Effective practices for online learning and instruction in sport and exercise psychology

Current projects:

A theoretically based intervention to increase physical activity among college faculty and staff members. The purpose of this study is to increase physical activity and fitness levels among college faculty and staff through implementation of a physical activity intervention tailored to participants' stage in the transtheoretical model of behavior change. 

Athlete peer leader self-efficacy. Given the importance of peer leaders on a team, that training and experience significantly influence coach leader self-efficacy, and peer leaders often do not receive formal leader training, the purpose is to develop and pilot a valid and reliabel measure of peer leader self-efficacy in collegiate athletes. The second purpose is to advance the understanding of self-efficacy in peer leaders in order to develop stronger leadership training programs that can enhance weaknesses in athlete peer leader self-efficacy. This type of leadership training program could also be applied to enhance leader performance in law enforcement, military, or business domains as well. 

A longitudinal examination of the sources of self-efficacy in runners. The purpose of this study is to examine the sources that influence self-efficacy in runners of any level training for a race of any distance and to understand and identify how those sources of self-efficacy change over the course of training. 

Student mentorship:

Graduate
Aubrie Carmack, The Relationship Between Motivational Style of Division I Collegiate Softball Athletes and Performance

Undergraduate
Joann Wakefield, The Effect of Biofeedback Training on One Repetition Maximum Bench Press Performance

Contact Information

Phone: (217) 581-3999
Email: amshipherd@eiu.edu
Website: http://ambershipherd.weebly.com/