Michelle Magyar - Division Head, Scientific Program
Dr. Michelle Magyar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach and an Education Research and Evaluation Consultant with the California Department of Education. She received her bachelor of arts degree in 1994 from the University of California at Berkeley, her master of science degree in 1998 from Purdue University, her doctoral degree in 2002 from Michigan State University, and she completed postdoctoral work from 2002 to 2004 at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Magyar has been at CSU Long Beach since 2005 where she coordinates the bachelor of science degree option in Coaching/Sport Psychology and the master of science degree option in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is responsible for advising undergraduate and masters students and teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (e.g., Applied Sport Psychology, Psychology of Sport Behavior and Athletic Performance, Theory and Practice of College Teaching in Kinesiology, and Women in Sport). She also provides mental training services and educational workshops for youth and collegiate athletes with a particular focus on the psychology of injury and rehabilitation, emotion regulation, and peer leadership development.
Michelle’s research examines the learning and development of achievement patterns and social behaviors in sport and physical activity to better understand the ways the physical domain contributes to lifespan development. To identify influential adaptive strategies and investigate their contribution to positive development, she adopts an interdisciplinary mixed-methods approach and integrates theories from the areas of developmental, social, and sport psychology with sociological principles and lifespan development (e.g., motor, cognitive, and social-emotional). She has published over 15 refereed papers, co-edited the text Women in Sport and Physical Activity: Challenges and Triumphs (Kendall/Hunt, 2006), provided six invited conference lectures and co-authored over 30 conference presentations. She is currently on the editorial review board for Scientific Journals International and is a guest reviewer for many journals.
Michelle served as Chair of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Sport and Exercise Psychology Academy from 2004 to 2007 and Student Representative to the Executive Board for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) in 2000. Currently, Michelle is on the AASP executive board as the Scientific Program Division Head. She was a MSU/Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant Fellow from 2000 to 2002 and the recipient of the 2003 NASPE Dissertation Award. More recently she received the Emerging Professional Award from the Western Society for Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW) in 2005, the Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award from the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE) in 2006, and the Mabel Lee Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in 2007.