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Amber Shipherd

Assistant Professor

Fall 2014 Office Hours:
MTWR 10-11am

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Psychology


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

  • 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. 

Contact Information

Phone: (217) 581-3999