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Dr.  Amber M Shipherd

Dr. Amber M Shipherd

Assistant Professor

Office: 2220 - Lantz
Phone: (217) 581-3999
Email: amshipherd@eiu.edu
Website: http://ambershipherd.weebly.com/

Amber Shipherd's Vita
Fall 2014 Office Hours:
MTWR 10-11am

Current Syllabi


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

Professional Organizations

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) 
Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
 North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
 American Psychological Association (APA)

Speakers Bureau

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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:

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

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

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications
Shipherd, A. M., Basevitch, I., Barcza Renner, K., & Siwatu, K. O. (2014). Development and evaluation of a team building intervention for a U. S. collegiate rugby team: A mixed methods approach. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 6(2) 31-48. 

Podlog, L., Kleinert, J., Dimmock, J., Miller, J., & Shipherd, A. M. (2012). A parental perspective on adolescent injury rehabilitation and return to sport experiences. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, 175-190.
Dietrich, F., Shipherd, A. M., Gershgoren, L., Filho, E. M., Basevitch, I. (2012). Sport psychology group consultation using social networking websites. Psychological Services, 9(3), 323-324. 
Non-Refereed Publications
Shipherd, A. M.,Etzel, E., Harris, B., & Zito, M. D. (2014, Summer). Tweeting and competing: Ethical considerations of social media usage for sport and exercise psychology practitioners. Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Newsletter, 27-28.   

Zito, M. D., Herzog, T., & Shipherd, A. M. (2013, Spring). What’s in a name? Some ins and outs of representing yourself. Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Newsletter, 17-18.  

Selected Conference Presentations

Selected presentations:

Shipherd, A. M. & Siwatu, K. O. (2014, October). Leadership beliefs and practices among collegiate student-athletes. Refereed abstract presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, p. 46. Indianapolis, IN: AASP (International conference).

Shipherd, A. M. (2014, February). Having your cake and eating it too: Balancing teaching, research, service, and consulting as a young professional at a teaching institution. Invited keynote presentation at the 6th annual SPEAR Conference, Tallahassee, FL. 

Shipherd, A. M., Murray, M. A., & Basevitch, I. (2013, October). Keeping up with the Joneses: Transitioning from face-to-face to virtual classes. Refereed abstract presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, p. 149. Indianapolis, IN: AASP. (International conference).

Basevitch, I., Shipherd, A. M., Siwatu, K. O., & Barcza Renner, K. (2013, October). Can’t we all just get along? A two-phase innovative approach to team building with a U.S. collegiate rugby team. Refereed abstract presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, p. 56. Indianapolis, IN: AASP. (International Conference).
Shipherd, A. M. (2013, March). O captain! My captain! A qualitative evaluation of a leadership training program for collegiate athlete peer leaders. Paper presented at the Twelfth Annual Graduate Research Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.
Shipherd, A. M., Basevitch, I., Filho, E. M., & Gershgoren, L. (2012, October). A scientist-practitioner approach to an on-field assessment of mental skills in collegiate soccer. Refereed abstract presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, p. 90. Indianapolis, IN: AASP. (International conference).

Funding & Grants

Redden Grant, Eastern Illinois University, 2014
Faculty Development Grant, Eastern Illinois University, 2013
Summer Dissertation Research Award Grant, Texas Tech University, 2013
NASPSPA Graduate Student Award for International Conference Travel, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2011


Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon Psyching Team

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