This year's keynote speakers

16th ENYSSP Conference in Ghent!

16th to 18th April 2020.

Penny McCullagh, Ph.D

Penny McCullagh, Ph.D., is currently a Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU East Bay. She started in the field of sport psychology as an undergraduate at SUNY Brockport under the guidance of Daniel Landers and Robert Christina and published her first paper in 1974. Since 1976 she has focused her research on observational learning or how we modify physical and psychological skills by watching other people or oneself. She has published both experimental papers and a host of review papers on this topic. In 2018 along with colleagues she published a paper on “Video-based observation in sport” in the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. In 2015 she was named by the Provost at her institution as the Outstanding Tenured Researcher. She has done applied work with children and a number of years ago worked with the US Olympic archery team. Dr. McCullagh has provided extensive service to the field. She has been on the editorial board of many journals in the field and served on a host of conference organizational committees. In addition, she served as President of 4 national associations: the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and most recently as President of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA).

Prof Maarten Vansteenkiste

Maarten Vansteenkiste, Ph.D, is a full professor since 2014 in the Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology at Ghent University. Since his research internship at the University of Rochester, collaborating with Prof. Dr. Ryan and Prof. Deci, the founding fathers of Self-Determination Theory (SDT), he has substantially contributed to the extension, refinement, application, and dissemination of this framework, both in collaboration with these founding fathers (Vansteenkiste & Ryan, 2013; Vansteenkiste, Ryan, & Soenens, 2020), but also independently from them, thereby establishing his own line of scientific work. His work addresses novel topics in the motivational literature, such as the study of motivational profiles, individuals' multiple reasons for lacking motivation, the interface between psychological and physiological needs, and the development of a more fine-grained and holistic understanding of how different (de)motivating practices of socializing agents (e.g., teachers, parents, coaches) relate to each other. Further, his work is not limited to the development of SDT as such but extends to the motivation literature more broadly as he has written theoretical reviews and book chapters that deal with the interplay between SDT and motivational interviewing, achievement goal theory, and expectancy-value theory. Together with his long-standing colleague and friend Bart Soenens, he has written the Dutch handbook ‘Psychological vitamins for growth’ (Vansteenkiste & Soenens, 2015). A practice-friendly Dutch book entitled ‘Motivating coaching in youth sport’ that translates the basic principles of SDT to sports came out in 2017 (Aelterman, De Muynck, Haerens, Vande Broek, & Vansteenkiste, 2017).

Prof Stiliani “Ani” Chroni

Stiliani “Ani” Chroni, Ph.D, possesses extended, versatile, high-level international work experience in academia, in sport pasychology consulting and advocacy with action-based organizations. As a researcher, she has studied national team coaches’ stress, elite athletes’ transition to coaching, female athletes’ experiences of sexual harassment, self-talk, cognitive hardiness, competitiveness, and onsite coping. Prof. Chroni has published her work both in English and Greek in books and refereed journals and has delivered presentations in numerous international conferences. As a sport psychology consultant, she provided performance enhancement services to athletes, teams, coaches and parents in multiple sports and countries. Today, Prof. Chroni is serving on the AASP International Relations Committee (but will have finished her term by the time of ENYSSP), the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, the Reviewers’ Board of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, as well as on the Managing Council of the Norwegian Federation for Sport Psychology. Previously she has served on the Managing Council of the Hellenic Association of Sport Psychology for more than 10 years. Currently, Ani also serves as the Past-President for WomenSport International, an NGO with special consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO. Starting in 2004, she worked systematically on gender and equity issues as a researcher at start and currently as an advocate at the international level. Today, she leads a consortium of women and sport organizations that work for the launch of the Global Observatory for Girls and Women in Sport, Physical Activity, and Physical Education. The Observatory is a UNESCO Institution that will be made possible with the financial support of Switzerland. Last but not least, Prof. Chroni is still active with alpine skiing acting as a Technical Delegate for the International Ski Federation (FIS) since 2006. In the past, have also acted as the Technical Delegates’ Commissioner for the South Balkan & East Mediterranean region and a representative at the FIS subcommittees of Alpine Technical Delegates and of Alpine Rules and Control.

Prof Markus Raab

Markus Raab, Ph.D, is Full Professor and Director of the Department of Performance Psychology, Head of the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University as well as a Research Professor at the London South Bank University, UK. He is president of the current Managing Council of FEPSAC and served in other associations such as ASP and EFPA. He was achieved various awards by the DOSB, ASP, FEPSAC, DGPs, ECSS, Springer Publisher, NCA, NRW state and the University of Heidelberg. He serves (or has served) as an editor (in-chief, associate, section) for ZfS, PSE, IJSEP, SEPP, Frontiers in Psychology, Latin American Journal on Sport and Exercise Psychology. His main areas of interest are exercise psychology, embodied cognition, motor learning and motor control. After predicting 2017 research in sport psychology until 2050 he currently tries to self-fulfil that prediction.

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