Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence

Lab Alumni

William Massey, PhD

Will Massey completed his Ph.D. in May of 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Concordia University (Mequon, Wisconsin). Dr. Massey's research interests include behavior change and self-regulatory functions in athletes, as well as the use of physical activity to promote positive youth development in underserved populations. In addition to research, Dr. Massey is active in teaching and his applied sport psychology practice.
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Sasha Karnes, PhD

Sasha Karnes completed her Ph.D. in May of 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Dr. Karnes' research interests include disease prevention and health promotion, specifically development and testing of web-based programming to increase health behaviors such as physical activity.
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Kelsey DeGrave, MS

Kelsey DeGrave completed her M.S. in May 2014, and is currently pursuing a Psy.D. at Midwestern University (Glendale, Arizona).  Ms. DeGrave's research interests include program development to decrease stress, injury, and mental health disorders in firefighters, and the effects of emotional regulation on athletic performance. In addition to research Ms. DeGrave is also interested in the applied work of sport psychology.
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Andrew Morgan, MS, CSCS

Andrew Morgan completed his M.S. in May 2013, comparing psychological skills use of professional oval and road race car drivers.  Mr. Morgan is currently pursuing an MBA at Benedictine University (Lisle, Illinois) and is working as a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness.
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Stephanie Hatch, MS

Stephanie Hatch completed her M.S. in May 2012, examining psychological factors in performance among NCAA Division I football officials. Ms. Hatch is currently pursuing a Psy.D. at Midwestern University (Glendale, Arizona). Ms. Hatch's research interests include the development of integrative approaches to performance enhancement and healthcare of athletes, use of Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy to challenge irrational beliefs in sport, treatment of mental illness in athletes, and career termination/transition intervention in sport and military populations.
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Jennifer MacKenzie Jacobs, MS

Jenn Jacobs completed her M.S. in May 2011, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Educational Psychology at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois). Ms. Jacobs' research interests include examination of sport and exercise as a vehicle for positive youth development. In addition to her academic pursuits, Jenn is the founder and director of Camp Play-A-Lot, a summer camp in Chicago that seeks to empower youth through teaching life skills and promoting an active lifestyle. 
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Nickolas Davis, MS

Nickolas Davis completed his M.S. in 2007, studying sibling competitors in elite sport as well as sport legacy families. Mr. Davis is currently emploued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts), where he serves as the assistant coach to the men's & women's track & field team, and as an instructor in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. 
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Missy Skurzewski-Servant, PhD

Missy Skurzewski-Servant completed her M.S. in 2006, and her Ph.D. in 2013 from Marian University (Fon du Lac, Wisconsin) where she focused on leadership and mentor-mentee relationships. Dr. Skurzewski-Servant is currently the Associate Campus Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan.
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Sarah Parker, PhD

Sarah Parker completed her M.S. in 2006, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) where she studied stem cell interventions in the treatment of hypertension. Dr. Parker is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Division of Cardiology (Baltimore, Maryland) where she utilizes mass spectrometry-based and other techniques to study heart disease.
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Michelle Kania, MS

Michelle Kania completed her M.S. in 2005, studying burnout among certified athletic trainers. Ms. Kania currently works as a physical therapy extender at Dreyer Medical Clinic (Aurora, Illinois), where she provides oversight to therapeutic exercise programs for individuals with a variety of orthopedic conditions. Ms. Kania is also working to develop a fee-for-service program for general athletic development including video gait analysis, and video throwing analysis.
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Holly Tamm, MS, CSCS

Ms. Tamm completed her M.S. in 2005, and is currently the owner of two personal training studios, Fitness Together Mequon, and Fitness Together Whitefish Bay. Ms. Tamm also works as the strength and conditioning coach at DSHS, and is the creator and founder of One Up Training, a mobile, female-athlete-only strength and conditioning company.