Sarah Carson is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at James Madison University (JMU). After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from Hartwick College, she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Exercise and Sport Science and Kinesiology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and Michigan State University (MSU), respectively. After specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology at both institutions, Sarah first served as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University in 2008. She is now entering her fourth year at JMU where she has taught in and served as the Coordinator for the Coaching Education minor program. Sarah will also begin her second year as Associate Director of the Morrison-Bruce Center for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Girls and Women this fall.
Sarah has worked as a mental skills coach for community and collegiate athletes and collaborated with groups such as the MHSAA, the Challace McMillin Center for Sport Psychology, and the SportsChallenge National Coaches Leadership Institute to provide clinics for coaches and athletes. Her areas of study include positive youth development through sport and coaching life skills, which have resulted in 43 research and invited lectures, 6 peer-reviewed articles, and 4 book chapters. Missing only one AASP conference since 2001, Sarah hopes to bring her nearly two years of experience serving as the Editor for AASP's Newsletter (and a reviewer for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology and the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology) to this new position.