Gretchen Kerr

Gretchen Kerr, Professor, Athlete Maltreatment

  • Professor, Athlete Maltreatment
  • Vice Dean of Programs, School of Graduate Studies
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Gretchen

Academic Training

PhD, University of Toronto, Community Health (Exercise Science), 1989

MA, York University, Physical Education, 1985

BPHE, University of Toronto, Physical and Health Education,1982 

Research Interests

Maltreatment in youth sport

Coaching practices and coach education

Women in coaching

Watch video of Professor Kerr and her colleague from KPE, Associate Professor Ashley Stirling, discuss their research into athlete maltreatment

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2019; Invited). Where is safeguarding in sport psychology research and practice? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 31(4), 367-384. 

Jewett, R., Kerr, G., & Tamminen, K. (2019). University sport retirement and athlete mental health: A narrative analysis. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. 11(3), 416-433. 

Jewett, R., Kerr, G., MacPherson, E., & Stirling, A., (in press). Experiences of bullying victimisation in inter-university athletes. International Sport Coaching Journal. 

Kerr, G., Battaglia, A., Stirling, A., & Bandealy, A. (in press). Examining coaches' perspectives on the use of exercise as punishment. International Sport Coaching Journal. 

Kerr, G., Battaglia, A., & Stirling, A. (2019). Maltreatment in youth sport: A systematic issue. Kinesiology Review. 8(3), 237-243. 

MacPherson, E. & Kerr, G. (2019). Sports fans' responses on social media to professional athletes' norm violations. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 10.2080/1612197X.2019.1623283 

Mishna, F., Kerr, G., McInroy, L., & MacPherson, E. (2019). Student athletes' experiences of bullying in intercollegiate sport. Journal for the Study of Sport and Athletes in Education. 13(1), 53-73. 

Poucher, Z., Tamminen, K., & Kerr, G. (2018). Providing social support to female Olympic athletes. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 40, 217-228. 

Battaglia, A. V., Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. E. (2018). An outcast from the team: Exploring youth ice hockey goalies' benching experiences. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 38, 39-46. 

Battaglia, A., Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2018). Examining the influence of athletes' punishment experiences on decisions to cease participation in competitive hockey. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2018.1536158

Book Chapters

Kerr, G., Stirling, A., & MacPherson, E. (2016). Psychological injury in pediatric and adolescent sports. In D. Caine & L. Purcell (Eds). Injury in pediatric and adolescent sports. Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention (pp. 170-190). New York: Springer.

Stirling, A., & Kerr, G. (2016). Athlete maltreatment. In R. J. Schinke, K. R. McGannon & B. Smith (Eds.), International handbook of sport psychology (184-194). London: Routledge.

Stirling, A., & Kerr, G. (2015). Safeguarding athletes from emotional abuse. In M. Lang, & M. Harthill (Eds). Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport: International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice (pp.143-152), London: Routledge Press.

Currently Funded Projects

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2019-2024). Preventing and addressing gender-based violence in sport: The health perspective program. Coaching Association of Canada. ($373,200). 

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2018). An evaluation of Canadian and international safe sport initiatives. Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. ($10,000.00).

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2018). An evaluation of the Respect in Sport activity leader module. Respect in Sport - Respect Group Inc. ($9,492.00).

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2017). Development of "Mentorship Guides for Advancing Women in Coaching: Mentor, Mentee and Sport Administrators' Guides." Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport. ($42,020). 

Professional Memberships

Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology

Gymnastics Ontario and Gymnastics Canada