Philip Sullivan, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 288A
905 688 5550 x4787

I am interested in a variety of psycho-social aspects of sport.  I am currently researching the effect of behavioral synchrony between individuals, and mental health of student-athletes.  Other research topics include coaching and team dynamics.  My research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the World Anti-Doping Agency.  I am also co-director of the Center for Healthy Development Through Sport and Physical Activity and currently coach the Brock University’s Mens’ Rugby team.

  • The effect of behavioral synchrony between individuals
  • Mental distress in university student-athletes
  • Antecedents and consequences of coaching efficacy

Sullivan, P. J., & Razavi, P. (2017).  Are athletes’ doping related attitudes predicted by their perceptions of coaches’ confrontation efficacy.  Substance Use and Misuse, 8,

Ede, A., Sullivan, P. J., & Feltz, D. L. (2017).  Self-doubt:  Uncertainty as a motivating factor on effort in an exercise endurance task.  Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 28, 31-36.

Lodewyk, K. & Sullivan, P. J. (2016).  Associations between Anxiety, Self-Efficacy, and Outcomes by Gender and Body Size Dissatisfaction during Fitness in High School Physical Education.  Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 21, 603-615.

Bailey, K.A, Lamarche, L., Gammage, K. L., & Sullivan, P. J. (2016).  Self-Objectification and the Utilization of Body Image Coping Strategies: The Role of Shame in Highly Physically Active Women.  American Journal of Psychology, 129, 81-90.

Sullivan, P. J., Gagnon, M., Gammage, K., & Peters, S. (2015).  Is the effect of behavioral synchrony on cooperative behavior mediated by endorphin activity?  The Journal of Social Psychology, 155, 650-660.

Sullivan, P. J., LaForge-MacKenzie, K., & Marini, M. (2015).  Confirmatory Factor Analaysis with the Youth Experiences Survey for Sport (YES-S).  Open Journal of Statistics, 5, 421-429

Sullivan, P. J., Rickers, K., & Gammage, K. (2014).  The effect of different phases of behavioral synchrony on pain threshold.  Group Dynamics:  Theory, Practice and Research, 18, 122-128.

Sullivan, P.J., & Rickers, K. (2013). The effect of behavioral synchrony in groups of teammates and strangers. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology11(3), 286-291.

  • Sport Psychology
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Coaching Theory
  • Research Design