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Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD


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Associate Professor
Sport Psychology
HPER 344


KNS 533 Psychology of Sport (Fall)
KNS 544 Performance Consulting Skills and Strategies (Fall)
KNS 490 Psychology of Coaching (Spring)
KNS 545 Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury (Spring)
KNS 540 Research Development in Sport Psychology: Data Analysis to
Manuscript Submission (Spring, 2012)
KNS 530 Research Development in Sport Psychology: Idea Formation to
Data Collection (Fall, 2011)

Zakrajsek’s primary research interests are within the area of applied sport psychology/sport psychology service provision and coach education, which includes coaches’ and athletic trainers’ perceptions of sport psychology consultation and use of mental training. Overall, she is interested in ways sport psychology consultants can work effectively with and through coaches and athletic trainers to contribute to optimal performance and development.

Sample of Current Research Projects:

  • US NCAA DI strength and conditioning coaches perceptions and use of sport psychology and sport psychology services
  • US NCAA D1 head coaches influence on assistant coaches basic psychological need satisfaction and motivation
  • Certified athletic trainers’ perceptions and use of sport psychology in their practice
  • Certified athletic trainers’ current and potential use of sport psychology services
  • Sport psychology consultants use of mental skills and strategies with youth sport athletes: A qualitative investigation
  • Coaches’ perceptions of sport psychology consultants and the benefits of sport psychology services: A cross-cultural perspective
  • Coaches’ use of mental skills and strategies: A cross-cultural perspective


PhD West Virginia University Sport & Exercise Psychology
MA West Virginia University Counseling
MA West Virginia University Sport Psychology
BS Baldwin-Wallace College Psychology 

2011–Present     Assistant Professor, Sport Psychology, The University of Tennessee
2007–2011         Assistant Professor, Sport Psychology/Coaching Education, Indiana State University
2010–Present     Certified Sport Psychology Consultant (CC-AASP), Association for Applied Sport                                                  Psychology

Zakrajsek teaches courses in applied sport and performance psychology and is the director of the Applied Sport Psychology Laboratory. She served as a member of the board of directors for the National Council for Accrediting Coaching Education (NCACE). Zakrajsek is currently serving as a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Foundation (AASPF) Community Outreach/Research Seed Grant and Crowdfunding Program Proposal Review Committee. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Sport PsychologyJournal of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, and Athletic Insight. She is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry, and an AASP Certified Consultant (AASP-CC).

Zakrajsek, R. A., Fisher, L. A., & Martin, S. B. (2016). Certified Athletic Trainers’ Understanding and Use of Sport Psychology in Their Practice. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:

Bejar, M. P., Fisher, L. A., Nam, B. H., Larsen, L. K., Fynes, J. M., Zakrajsek, R. A. (2016). High-level South Korean elite-level athletes’ experiences of injury and rehabilitation. The Sport Psychologist. Advance online publication. doi:

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D., Hamson-Utley, J. J., Kamphoff, C., Zakrajsek, R., Lee, S-M.,…Martin, S. B. (2016). Athletes’ expectations about sport injury rehabilitation: A cross-cultural study. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi:

Raabe, J., Zakrajsek, R. A., Readdy, T. (2016). Teammate influence on collegiate swimmers’ basic psychological need satisfaction: A qualitative perspective. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 9, 27-49. doi:

Readdy, T., Zakrajsek, R., Raabe, J. (2016). Real-world experiences of the coaching pathos: Orchestration of American collegiate sport. The Sport Psychologist, 30, 167-178. doi:

Strohacker, K., & Zakrajsek, R. A. (2016). Determining dimensionality of exercise readiness using exploratory factor analysis. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 15, 229-238.

Zakrajsek, R. A., Martin, S. B. & Wrisberg, C. A. (2016). NCAA Division-I certified athletic trainers’ perceptions of the benefits of sport psychology services. Journal of Athletic Training, 51, 398-405. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.5.13.

Malnati, A. H., Fisher, L. A., Zakrajsek, R. A., Larsen, L. K., Bejar, M. P., Raabe, J. J., & Fynes, J. M.* (2016). U.S. NCAA Division I female student-athletes’ perceptions of an empowerment and social responsibility program. The Sport Psychologist, 30, 40-54. doi:

Zakrajsek, R., Thompson, M., Dieffenbach, K. (2015). An exploration of the academic coaching education internship. Sports Coaching Review, 4, 24-40. doi:

Zakrajsek, R. A., Martin, S. B., & Wrisberg, C. A. (2015). Sport psychology services in performance settings: NCAA D-I certified athletic trainers’ perceptions. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 4, 280-292. doi:

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D., Hamson-Utley, J. J., Zakrajsek, R. A., Lee, S-M., Kamphoff, C., Lintunen, T.,…Martin, S. B. (2015) Athletes’ use of mental skills during sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 24, 189-197. doi:

Asif, I. M., Price, D., Fisher, L. A., Zakrajsek, R. A., Larsen, L. K., Raabe, J. J.,…Drezner, J. A. (2015). Stages of psychological impact after diagnosis with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletes: A new model. Journal of Electrocardiology, 48, 298-310. doi:

Hardin, R., Zakrajsek, R., & Gaston, B. (2015). The relationship between job satisfaction and burnout in fast-pitch softball coaches. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 9, 1-14.

Murray, M. A., Zakrajsek, R. A., & Gearity, B. T. (2014). Developing effective internships in strength and conditioning: A community of practice approach. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36, 35-40. doi:

Zakrajsek, R. A., Steinfeldt, J. A., Bodey, K. J., Martin, S. B., & Zizzi, S. J. (2013) NCAA Division I coaches perceptions and use of sport psychology services: A qualitative perspective. The Sport Psychologist, 27, 258-268. doi:

Steinfeldt, J. A., Zakrajsek, R. A., Bodey, K. J., Middendorf, K. G., & Martin, S. B. (2013). Role of uniform in the body image of college volleyball players. The Counseling Psychologist, 41, 791-819. doi:

Kingsley, J. D., Zakrajsek, R. A., Nesser, T. W., & Gage, M. J. (2013). The effect of motor imagery and static stretching on anaerobic performance in trained cyclists. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27, 265-269.

Clement, D., Hamson-Utley, J., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Kamphoff, C., Zakrajsek, R. A., & Martin, S. B. (2012). College athletes’ expectations about injury rehabilitation with an athletic trainer. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training, 17, 18-27.

Watson, J. C., Lubker, J. R., Zakrajsek, R., & Quartiroli, A. (2012). Internet usage patterns and concerns in sport and exercise psychology. Athletic Insight, 4, 65-78.

Zakrajsek, R. A., Martin, S. B., & Zizzi, S. J. (2011). American high School football coaches’ attitudes toward sport psychology consultation and intentions to use sport psychology services. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 6, 461-478. 

Steinfeldt, J. A., Zakrajsek, R., Carter, H., & Steinfeldt, M. C. (2011) Conformity to gender norms of female-athletes: Implications for body image. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 12, 401-416. doi:

Dieffenbach, K. D., Murray, M., & Zakrajsek, R. (2011). The coach education internship experience: An exploratory study. International Journal of Coaching Science, 5, 3-26.

Blom, L. C., Wininger, S. R., Zakrajsek, R., & Kirkpatrick, K. (2010). Coaches’ perceived knowledge of the national standards for sport coaches: Insights into coach development. Journal of Coaching Education, 3, 19-36

Bodey, K. J., Schaumleffel, N. A., Zakrajsek, R., & Joseph, S. (2009). A strategy for coaches to develop life skills in youth sport. Journal of Youth Sport, 4, 16-20.

Hoffman, C., Czech, D. R., Metzler, J., Burdette, T., Zwald, A., Blazo, J., & Zakrajsek, R. A. (2009). Preferred coaching qualities in NCAA Division I college athletes: A qualitative analysis of basketball players from the millennial generation. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 24, 140-178.

Zakrajsek, R., & Zizzi, S. (2008). How do coaches’ attitudes change when exposed to a sport psychology workshop? Journal of Coaching Education, 1(1). Retrieved from

Zakrajsek, R., Abildso, C. G, Hurst, J. R., & Watson, J. C. (2007). The relationship among coaches’ and athletes’ perceptions of coaching staff cohesion, team cohesion, and performance. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 9(3). Retrieved from

Zakrajsek, R. A., & Zizzi, S. J. (2007). Factors influencing track and swimming coaches intentions to use sport psychology services. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 9(2). Retrieved from


Vosloo, J., Zakrajsek, R. A., & Grindley, E. (2016). From mentee to mentor: A case study for the neophyte supervisor. In J. G. Cremades & L. S. Tashman (Eds.) Global practices and training in applied sport, exercise, and performance psychology: A case study approach (pp. 230-236). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Vosloo, J., Zakrajsek, R., & Grindley, E. (2014). From mentee to mentor: Considerations for the neophyte supervisor. In J. G. Cremades & L. S. Tashman (Eds.) Becoming a sport, exercise, and performance psychology professional: A global perspective (pp. 228-235). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Martin, S. B., Zakrajsek, R. A., & Wrisberg, C. A. (2012). Attitudes toward sport psychology and seeking assistance: Key factors and a proposed model. In C. D. Logan & M. I. Hodges (Eds.). Psychology of attitudes (pp. 1-33). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


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