Cindra Kamphoff, Research and Practice Division Head

Cindra S. Kamphoff is an AASP Certified Consultant and Associate Professor at Minnesota State University. She coordinates the master’s program in Sport and Exercise Psychology and also serves as the department’s Graduate Coordinator. She is currently working on her certification in wellness coaching. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Sport and Exercise Psychology where she worked with her advisor, Dr. Diane Gill, and gained additional applied training with Dr. Dan Gould. Cindra’s research focuses on gender and cultural diversity issues and she also conducts research on the psychology of running and the psychology of sport injury. She has published 18 research manuscripts and 7 book chapters, has 5 manuscripts submitted for review, and has received over $74,900 in grants. Her work has been published in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Athletic Training Education Journal, and Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. She also operates her own sport psychology consulting practice called The Runner’s Edge ( and has started two educational outreach programs in her community including The Sport Psych Team for the Mankato Marathon and the RunSmart program. She proudly refers to herself as a marathoner. She is the current Chair of the AASP Diversity Committee and has presented at AASP 15 times since joining in 1998. Cindra has also served as a conference abstract reviewer, has received AASP research and community outreach funding, and was a member of the Distinguished Student Practice Award Committee. She is a reviewer for JASP, serves as a section editor for Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal and is on the editorial board of International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. Her dissertation received the NASPE Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award.

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