Philip Sullivan, PhD

Graduate Program Director, Professor, Kinesiology

Phil Sullivan

Office: WC 290
905 688 5550 x4787

My current research focuses on mental health within sports – particularly differences in mental health outcomes and barriers between student-athletes and non-athletes, and the mental health and mental health literacy of coaches, support staff, and officials. I am also interested in the psychology of coaching and team dynamics within sport, and applied sport psychology/mental skills consultation. My research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

  • Mental health
  • Coaching
  • Team dynamics
  • Applied Sport Psychology

Murphy, J., Gladney, C., & Sullivan, P. (2021). Exploring the Relationship Between Sleep Quality, Sleep Hygiene, and Psychological Distress in a Sample of Canadian Varsity Athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 1(aop), 1-14. 

Murphy, J., & Sullivan, P. (2021). Factors associated with coach–athlete conversations about mental health in intercollegiate sport. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 1747954121993455. 

 Murphy, J., Sullivan, P., Leatherdale, S., & Patte, K. (2021).  Exploring the Association between Sport Participation and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in a sample of Canadian High School Students.  Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 1(aop), 1-20. 

Cunningham, I. & Sullivan, P. (2020).  Testing the factor validity of the Referee Self-Efficacy Scale (REFS) in non-invasion sports officials.  International Journal of Sport, Exercise and Health Research, 4(1), 15-19. 

 Sullivan, P., Murphy, J., & Blacker, M. (2019).  The Psychometric Properties of the Multicomponent Mental Health Literacy Measure with a Sample of Student Athletes and Student Athletic Therapists.  Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 

Sullivan, P. J., Blacker, M., Murphy, J. & Cairney, J. (2019).  Levels of mental distress of Canadian university student athletes.  Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 49 (1), 47-59. 

Sullivan, P. J., Murphy, J., & Blacker, M. (2019) The Level of mental health literacy among athletic staff in intercollegiate sport.  Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 13(3), 440-450. 

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 Psychology, 39(4), 261-276. 

  • Sport Psychology
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Statistics (Quantitative Analysis)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation: ANOVA Designs