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Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD

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Associate Professor
Sport Psychology
HPER 344
865-974-9253
raz@utk.edu

COURSES TAUGHT

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)

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Zakrajsek’s primary research interests are within the area of applied sport psychology/sport psychology service provision and coach education, which includes 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 others (e.g., coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches) 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 DI 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

EDUCATION

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

EXPERIENCE
2017–Present     Associate Professor, Sport Psychology, The University of Tennessee
2011–2017         Assistant Professor, Sport Psychology, The University of Tennessee
2007–2011         Assistant Professor, Sport Psychology/Coaching Education, Indiana State University
2010–Present     Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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 the chair 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) and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®).

RECENT/SELECTED REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
Zakrajsek, R. A., Fisher, L. A., Martin, S. B. (In press). Certified athletic trainers’ experiences with and perceptions of sport psychology services for student-athletes. The Sport Psychologist.

Bejar., M.*, Raabe, J.*, Zakrajsek, R., Fisher, L., & Clement, D. (In press). Athletic trainers’ influence on NCAA Division I athletes’ basic psychological needs during sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Athletic Training.

Raabe, J.*, Zakrajsek, R. A., & Orme, J. G. (In press). Development and validation of the coach autonomy support beliefs scale.  Journal of Sport Behavior.

Quartiroli, A., Etzel, E., Knight, S., & Zakrajsek, R. A. (2018). Self-care as key to others-care: The experience of globally situated experienced senior-level sport psychology practitioners. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2018.1460420.

Quartiroli, A., Etzel, E., Knight, S., & Zakrajsek, R. A. (2018). The Multifaceted Meaning of Sport Psychology Professional Quality of Life. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2017-0048

Lauer, E. E.*, Zakrajsek, R. A., Fisher, L. A., Bejar, M.*, McCowan, T., Martin, S. B., & Vosloo, J. (2018). NCAA DII female student-athletes’ perceptions of their sport uniform and body image. Journal of Sport Behavior, 41, 40-63.

Raabe, J., Readdy, T., Zakrajsek, R. A. (2017). Pathos and orchestration in elite sport: The experiences of NCAA DI student-athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 31, 344-355. doi: https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2016-0093.

Raabe, R., & Zakrajsek, R. A. (2017). Coaches and teammates as social agents for collegiate athletes’ basic psychological need satisfaction. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 10, 67-82. doi: https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2016-0033.

Zakrajsek, R. A., Fisher, L. A., & Martin, S. B. (2017). Certified athletic trainers’ understanding and use of sport psychology in their practice. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29, 215-233. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2016.1231722

Bejar, M. P., Fisher, L. A., Nam, B. H., Larsen, L. K., Fynes, J. M., Zakrajsek, R. A. (2017). High-level South Korean elite-level athletes’ experiences of injury and rehabilitation. The Sport Psychologist, 31, 16-29. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0060.

Raabe, J., Zakrajsek, R. A., Bass, A. D., & Readdy, T. (2017). A revolving door: A qualitative investigation of release from professional baseball. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2016.1275741.

Zakrajsek, R. A., Lauer, E. E., Bodey, K. J. (2017). Integrating mental skills and strategies into youth sport training: A tool for coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 4, 76-89.

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, 25, 338-347. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2015-0018

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jis.2015-0016.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0054.

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.

Zakrajsek, R., Thompson, M., Dieffenbach, K. (2015). An exploration of the academic coaching education internship. Sports Coaching Review, 4, 24-40. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2015.1121624.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spy0000042.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2013-0148.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0b013e31828557d7.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.27.3.258.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011000012457218.

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.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0023634.

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

Zakrajsek, R., & Zizzi, S. (2008, April). How do coaches’ attitudes change when exposed to a sport psychology workshop? Journal of Coaching Education, 1(1). Retrieved from http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/pdf/10.1123/jce.1.1.66

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 http://www.athleticinsight.com/Vol9Iss3/CoachingStaffCohesion.htm.

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 http://www.athleticinsight.com/Vol9Iss2/CoachesIntentions.htm.

BOOK CHAPTERS
Lauer, L. Zakrajsek, R. A., & Lauer, E. E.* (2018). The role of sport psychology for young athletes. In C. J. Knight, C. Harwood, & D. Gould (Eds.), Sport psychology for young athletes (pp. 9-20). New York, NY: Routledge.

Zakrajsek, R. A., & Blanton, J. (Published online, August 2017) Evaluation of psychological interventions in sport and exercise settings. In O. Braddick (Ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.223

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.

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

appliedsportpsych.org
qualitycoachingeducation.org