• Keynote Speakers

    Muna Mohamed

    Girls On The Run & University of Minnesota Master's Student

    Muna Mohamed will speak about her involvement in the Girls Involvement in Recreation and Leisurely Sports G.I.R.L.S) initiative (University of Minnesota under Dr. Thul and with Fatimah Hussein) which worked closely with adolescent girls and families of East African descent in the Minneapolis area. She will share about community-based, participatory action research, her coaching experience, and offer suggestions for implementing this approach in varied professional enterprises (e.g., coaching, consulting)


    Learn more: http://www.startribune.com/new-uniforms-score-points-for-modesty-for-muslim-girls/306538501/


    Keynote on Friday at 3pm

    Dr. Adrian Ferrera

    Director of Counseling & Sport Psychology,

    Auburn University

    Dr. Ferrera will share about his professional journey from graduate school to working with the U.S. Army Special Forces, University of Washington Athletic Department, and now leading the Auburn University Counseling and Sport Psychology Services. He will share about the mental health and performance needs of each population and his own approach to serving sport and military performers.


    Learn more: https://auburntigers.com/staff.aspx?staff=1577


    Saturday at 10am!

    Panel Discussion

    Navigating the SEP field as a young professional

    Jenna Halvorson, Mental Performance Consultant, The Mental Clutch

    Ken Illdefonso, Jr., Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    Dr. Jana Fogaça, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

    Muna Mohamed, Girls on the Run


    Saturday afternoon!

  • Overview Schedule

    at a glance...


    3/22: 3pm-6:30pm

    Registration opens at 2:30pm Opening welcome and keynote at 3pm. Breakout sessions following first keynote speaker.


    3/22: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Dinner & Social at Jake's Pizza


    3/23: 9am-4pm

    Day 2: Keynotes, workshops, & presentations with lunch provided.


    3/23: 4pm - 6pm

    Closing Reception get together at MNSU Bullpen (Bowling)

  • Registration & Payment


    Friday and Saturday - $30

    Friday only - $10.



    Friday: $20

    Friday and Saturday: $40


    Online payment and registration: https://link.mnsu.edu/aasp-conference

    Registration accepted prior to and day of conference.


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    *Please note that registration is separate from abstract submission.


    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Call for Abstracts

    Presentations related to sport and exercise psychology will considered for this conference. We welcome submissions of completed, research in progress, and proposed projects, as well as applied experiences (practical application of sport and exercise psychology). Submissions will be reviewed and assessed by our conference committee. Though authors can specify the submission type as a lecture, symposium, applied workshop, or poster, presentation formats will depend on number and quality of submissions and cannot be guaranteed.


    Extended Deadline: Abstracts Due February 15, 2019


    Submission Instructions

    • Please submit abstract and related information via the Abstract Submission Form.
    • Notice of acceptance will be received no later than February 20, 2019. Revision: March 1 due to abstract extension.
    • Abstracts must be a maximum of 350 words and be written in a scholarly manner with clear and concise information relevant to the submission.  For research, this content would include information about the objectives, methods, and results/discussion (if available).  For applied lecture presentations, connection to theory and practice should be outlined. For applied workshops, an overview of workshop purpose and content should be included.
    • Submissions should include all authors and affiliations.
    • Limit to 2 primary author submissions.  A person may be first author on two submissions, but not three.  There is no limit to contribution as a secondary or tertiary author submission. 

    Please email with any questions about your abstract idea.



    We look forward to reviewing your abstract!

    Submit: Abstract Submission Form

    *Please note that abstract submission is separate from registration.

    Lecture - Research and Applied

    12 minute presentation with 3 minutes of questions

    Present on a complete, proposed, or in progress research or intellectual applied work.


    3, 15 minute presentations around a shared topic

    With your colleagues you can present three different lectures on a shared umbrella topic. There can be a discussant who will facilitate questions after the presentations. Topics can be research based, evidence-based applied projects/topic, case conceptualizations/best applied strategies, or reflections on graduate/career experiences and learning.

    Applied Workshop

    20 minute demonstration of an applied service delivery topic of choice

    One or more students can facilitate their signature service delivery of a mental skill or facilitation method for team or individual work. Please bring the materials you need to lead this workshop with you.


    Research or case conceptualization

    Present complete, proposed, or in progress research or a client (team/individual) conceptualization. Please make sure identifying information is removed.


    Poster sessions on Saturday.

  • Location & Directions

    Centennial Student Union

    620 W. South Rd. Mankato, MN 56001


    Parking available at the guest lot in front of the Centennial Student Union

  • Conference Committee

    Ashley Raulli

    Committee Lead and Graduate Assistant,

    The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology

    Ashley is a second-year student from Mount Prospect, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Exercise Psychology and Psychology from the University of Iowa. She played volleyball, basketball, and track throughout high school, and she currently coaches volleyball at the club and high school levels. Ashley is interested in becoming a Certified Mental Performance Coach and owning a private practice with various consultants from different fields. She is also interested in coaching basketball and volleyball. Her capstone project was an internship working with youth basketball and volleyball teams, as well as individual athletes.

    Jared Richardson

    Graduate Teaching Assistant,

    HP 290 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport

    Jared is a second-year student from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He completed his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Business Management at Brigham Young University. His sports background includes football, wrestling, track, and baseball. Jared is interesting in incorporating sport psychology principles into a high school coaching career and opening a private practice in mental performance coaching. His capstone project was an internship, working in private practice, and exploring the effects of motivational climate on goal orientation and motivation.

    Ciana Curran

    Graduate Assistant,

    CI Department/The Center

    Ciana is a first-year student from Galway, Ireland. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Irish from the University of Limerick. She is currently a member of the Mankato Handball Team, she represented Team Ireland in GAA Handball, and she represented Galway in Gaelic Football and Camogie. Ciana is interested in consulting with teams and athletes, and she eventually wants to own a practice in Ireland.

    Sam Crowley

    Graduate Assistant,

    Human Performance Department/The Center

    Sam is a first-year student from Green Bay, Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, with minors in Biology and Behavioral & Cognitive Neuropsychology, from Creighton University. She played softball, volleyball, and basketball all throughout high school, and played softball at Creighton for 4 years. Sam aspires to work as a mental performance consultant in a university athletic department.