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Leslee A. Fisher, PhD



Associate Professor
Sport Psychology
HPER 336


KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
KNS 535 Health and Exercise Psychology
KNS 538 Professional Practice Issues in Sport Psychology
KNS 543 Women, Sport & Culture (cross-listed in Women’s Studies & Sport Management)


  • Cultural sport psychology: The burgeoning area in sport psychology, which focuses on psychological and sociocultural factors that impact performance, participation, and well-being in sport such as power and privilege in different cultural contexts
  • Intersectional identities in sport, particularly female athlete intersectional identities
  • Moral orientation and moral integrity in sport
  • Caring coaches and coach education


PhD University of California, Berkeley Sport Psychology (Physical Education)
MEd University of Virginia Counselor Education
MSEd University of Michigan Kinesiology (Adult Fitness/Exercise Physiology)
BS University of Michigan Kinesiology (Physical Education/Teacher Certification)


The University of Tennessee, assistant and associate professor
Pacific Lutheran University, assistant professor


Paulo Friere (1985) and Bell Hooks (1994) have dramatically influenced my views on the role of education in a democratic society and on my teaching philosophy. Hooks’s (1994) notion that education is the practice of freedom and Friere’s (1985) idea that education is not just a process whereby students passively accept information provided by the teacher but co-construct knowledge with the teacher has impacted the ways I include critical and feminist concepts in my courses such as: (a) education as the process of self-emancipation and the practice of freedom; (b) education as “critical literacy”, the raising of questions about “…the nature of knowledge, its justification, modes of discourse and school organization” (Pai, et al., 2006, p.140), including post-modern concepts like the breaking of traditional disciplines; (c) education as the process of learning about the conditions responsible for domination and oppression in society; (d) education as the struggle to overcome such dominant ideologies in society; (e) education as the possibility of alternative practices, ideologies, and social orders; and (f) education as this type of reflection but then moved to praxis, the incorporation of knowledge/theory into real-life action in one’s community.


  • Fellow, The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (2011–present)
  • Certified Consultant (#307), The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (2009–present)
  • Sport Psychology Registry Member, United States Olympic Committee (2012–present)
  • National Certified Counselor (#53602), National Board for Certified Counselors (1999–present)
  • Limited License Professional Counselor, State of Michigan (1999–present)


  • US NCAA Division I female and male head coaches’ perceptions of “care”
  • US NCAA Division I female and male assistant coaches’ perceptions of “care”
  • Lesbian student-athletes’ experiences of US NCAA Division I sport
  • US NCAA Division I female athletes’ perceptions of an empowerment and social responsibility program


  • Member, The Association for Applied Sport Psychology Foundations Committee
  • Member, University of Tennessee Graduate Council and GC Curricular Committee
  • Member, University of Tennessee Mid-Cycle Academic Program Review Team for Department of Teacher Preparation and Teacher Education
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, & Health; Journal of Applied Sport Psychology


Knust, S.K., & Fisher, L.A. (accepted for publication). NCAA Division I female head coaches’ experiences of exemplary care within coaching. International Sport Coaching Journal.

Egli, T.J., Fisher, L.A., & Gentner, N. (in press). AASP-certified consultants’ experiences of spirituality within sport psychology consultation. The Sport Psychologist.

Egli, T.J., & Fisher, L.A. (in press). Moving toward a faithful relationship: Sport psychology consultants speak about the potential of engaging with spirituality in consultation. In A. Parker, N.J. Watson, and J. White (Eds.), Sports chaplaincy: Trends, issues and debates. London: Ashgate.

Fisher, L.A. (in press). Feminism. In R. Eklund and G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Fisher, L.A., & Roper, E.A. (2014). Swimming upstream: Former diversity committee chairs’ perceptions of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s (AASP) commitment to organizational diversity. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2014.940090.

Fisher, L.A. (2014). “Where are your women?” The challenge to care in the future of sport. Sex Roles,

Blodgett, A. T., Schinke, R. J., McGannon, K. R., & Fisher, L. A. (2014). Cultural sport psychology research: Conceptions, evolutions, and forecasts. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology,

Fisher, L.A., & Johnson, A.J. (2014). “Standing in the question”: Teaching a critical perspective to developing sport psychology professionals. In R. Schinke and K. McGannon (Eds.), The psychology of sub-culture in sport and physical activity: A critical approach (Chapter 10). Florence, KY: Psychology Press.

Fisher, L.A., Knust, S.K., & Johnson, A.J. (2013). Theories of gender and sport. In E.A. Roper (Ed.), Gender relations in sport (The Teaching Gender Series, Chapter 2). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Dzikus, L., Fisher, L.A., & Hays, K.F. (2012). Shared responsibility: A case of and for “real-life” ethical decision-making in sport psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 26(4), 519-539.

Schinke, R.J., Peltier, D., Enosse, L., Corbiere, R., & Fisher, L.A. (2012). Working relationally with a Canadian First Nation through sport In S. J. Hanrahan and R. Schinke (Eds.), Sport for development, peace, and social justice (pp.57-71). Morgantown, West Virginia:  Fitness Information Technology.

Jensen, J.C., & Fisher, L.A. (2012). “It feels like a virus”: An autoethnographic account of a former collegiate tennis player overcoming the serving “yips”. In R. Schinke (Ed.), Sport psychology insights (Chapter 18, pp.267-288). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishing Company.


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