Philip Sullivan, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 288A
905 688 5550 x4787
phil.sullivan@brocku.ca

I am interested in a variety of psycho-social aspects of sport.  I am currently researching the mental health of student-athletes and mental health literacy in varsity athletics, and the effect of behavioral synchrony between individuals.  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 Director of the Youth Sport Research Centre 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., Blacker, M., & Murphy, J. (accepted).  Levels of Mental Distress of Canadian University Student Athletes.  Canadian Journal of Higher Education.

Sullivan, P. J., Murphy, J., & Blacker, M. (accepted) The Level of Mental Health Literacy Among Athletic Staff In Intercollegiate Sport.  Journal of Clinical Sport Psychiatry.

Lewis, Z., & Sullivan, P. J. (2018).  The effect of group size and synchrony on pain threshold changes.  Small Group Research, 49, 723-738.

Ragogna, M., Sullivan, P. J., & Dithurbide, L. (2018).  An Investigation into the Dunning-Kruger Effect in sport coaching.  International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2018.1444079

Myers, N. D., Park, S. E., Ahn, S., Lee, S., Sullivan, P. J., & Feltz, D. L. (2017). Proposed Sources of Coaching Efficacy: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology39(4), 261-276.

Sullivan, P. J., & Blacker, M. (2017).  The effect of different phases of synchrony on a drumming task.  Frontiers in Psychology, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01034

Sullivan, P. J., & Razavi, P. (2017).  Are athletes’ doping related attitudes predicted by their perceptions of coaches’ confrontation efficacy.  Substance Use and Misuse, 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2016.1272613

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 Analysis 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