Ashley Stirling

Ashley Stirling

  • Vice Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Office of the Dean
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Ashley

Academic Training

Ph.D., University of Toronto

M.Sc., University of Toronto

BPHE, University of Toronto

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting MSc students
Research Interests

Experiential Learning

Curriculum Development and Evaluation

Athlete Welfare

Emotional Abuse in Sport

Psychosocial Aspects of High Performance Athlete Development

Selected Publications

Handbooks

Stirling, A., Kerr, G., Banwell, J., MacPherson, E., & Jewett, R. (2017). A mentorship guide for advancing women in coaching: Effective mentoring practices for the sport administrator. Toronto, ON: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity/Coaching Association of Canada.

Stirling, A., Kerr, G., Banwell, J., MacPherson, E., & Jewett, R. (2017). A mentorship guide for advancing women in coaching: Effective mentoring practices for the mentor. Toronto, ON: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity/Coaching Association of Canada.

Stirling, A., Kerr, G., Banwell, J., MacPherson, E., & Jewett, R. (2017). A mentorship guide for advancing women in coaching: Effective mentoring practices for the mentee. Toronto, ON: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity/Coaching Association of Canada.

Stirling, A., Kerr, G., Banwell, J., MacPherson, E., & Heron, A. (2016). A practical guide for work-integrated learning: Effective practices to enhance the educational quality of the structured work experience offered through Colleges and Universities. Toronto, ON: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario/Education @ Work Ontario.

Stirling, A., & Kerr, G. (2016). Advancing women in coaching. Mentee and mentor workbooks. Ottawa, ON: Coaching Association of Canada/Status of Women Canada/Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.

Stirling, A., & Wheeler, G. (2012). Empower plus: Creating positive and healthy sport experiences. Coach workbook, reference material, & learning facilitator guide. Ottawa, ON: Coaching Association of Canada.

Book Chapters

Stirling, A., & Kerr, G.(in press).Athlete maltreatment. In D. Hackfort, R. Shinke, & B. Strauss (Eds.), Dictionary of Sport Psychology. Elsevier.

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A.(in press).Neglect athlete maltreatment. In D. Hackfort, R. Shinke, & B. Strauss (Eds.), Dictionary of Sport Psychology. Elsevier.

Kerr. G., Stirling, A., & Gurgis, J.(2018). An athlete-centred approach to enhance thriving within athletes and coaches. In S. Pill (Ed.), Perspectives on Athlete-Centred Coaching (pp. 24-35). Routledge.

Kerr. G., Stirling, A., & MacPherson, E. (2017) The role of sport psychology consultants in protecting young athletes from harm: Shifting from safeguarding to an ethic of care. In C. Knight, C. Harwood, & D. Gould (Eds.), Sport Psychology for Young Athletes. Routledge.

Dietz, C.M., Casey, S.L., Stirling, A. E., & Porter, N. (2017). Development and validation of coach-athlete relationship emotional maltreatment scale (CAREMS). In Beedie, C. (Ed.), Research in Sport Psychology (pp.211-228). Nova Scotia Publishers.

Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2017). Issues of maltreatment in high performance athlete development: Mental toughness as a threat to athlete welfare. In J. Baker (Ed.), The Handbook of Talent Identification and Development in Sport. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

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.

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. (2015).  In the name of performance: Threats, belittlement, and degradation. In J. Baker, J. Fraser-Thomas & P. Safai (Eds.), Health and elite sport: Is high performance sport a healthy pursuit? (pp. 83-98). Routledge.

Stirling, A., & Kerr, G. (2015).  Safeguarding athletes from emotional abuse. In M. Lang & M. Hartill (Eds.), Safeguarding, child protection and abuse in sport: International perspectives in research, policy and practice (pp. 143-152). London: Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

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

Battaglia, A.V., Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. E. (2017).  Youth athletes’ interpretations of punitive coaching practices. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29(3), 337 - 352. DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2016.1271370

Stirling, A., Kerr, G., MacPherson, E., Banwell, J., Bandealy, A., & Battaglia, A. (in press). Do post-secondary internships address the four learning modes of experiential learning theory?  An exploration through document analysis. Canadian Journal of Higher Education.

Kerr, G., Jewett, R., MacPherson, E., & Stirling, A. (2016). Student-athletes’ experiences of bullying on intercollegiate teams. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 1-18.

Kerr, G., Stirling, A., MacPherson, E., Banwell, J., Bandealy, A., & Preston, C. (2016). Exploring the Use of Exercise as Punishment in Sport. International Journal of Coaching Science, 10(2), 35-53.

Kerr, G., Stirling, A., Bandealy, A. (2016). Film depictions of emotionally abusive coach-athlete interactions. Sport Coaching Review, 5(1), 87-101.

Dietz, C. M., Casey, S. L., Stirling, A. E., & Porter, N. (2016). Development and validation of the coach-athlete relationship emotional maltreatment scale (CAREMS). Athletic Insight, 7(3).

MacPherson, E., Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2016). The influence of peer groups in organized sport on female adolescents' identity development. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 23, 73-81.

Stirling, A. E, & Kerr, G. A. (2015). Creating and documenting meaningful co-curricular experiences in higher education. Journal of Education & Social Policy, 2(6), 1-7.

Kerr, G. A., Stirling, A. E., Heron, A., MacPherson, E. A., & Banwell, J. M. (2015). The importance of touch: Athletes’ and coaches’ reflections. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 3(4), 56-68.  

Kerr, G. A., & Stirling, A. E. (2015). Safeguarding athletes from emotional abuse: Lessons learned from the education sector. International Journal of Coaching Science, 9(1), 21-35.

Preston, C., Kerr, G., & Stirling, A. (2015). Elite athletes' experiences of athlete centred coaching. Journal of Athlete Centred Coaching, 2(1), 1-27.

Curriculum Development

2017 - U of T CTSI Digital Training Resource (Experience: Work-Integrated Learning at the University of Toronto)

2016-present - U of T Work Study Curriculum

2015-present - IPE Core Learning Activity - Conflict in Interprofessional Life

2015-16 - Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) Curriculum

2015-16 - KPE Undergraduate Capstone Course

2015 - KPE Practicum/Movement Applications Curriculum Strand (PRA)

Currently Funded Projects

Kerr, G. & Striling, A. (2018). Evaluation of the CTG-CTC (Changing the Game - Changing the Conversation) Mentorship Programme ($5,000). Coaching Association of Ontario.

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

Kerr, G., & Stirling A. (2017). Development of a mentorship programme for female coaches ($30,000). Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.

Beach, T., Stirling, A., Frost, D., & Kerr, G. (2016-17). Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders ($8,680). Evaluation of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW) training guidelines for low-back injury prevention in paramedics.

Kerr, G., Stirling, A., Gurgis, J. J., Kitchen, S., & Cross, J. (2016-17). Coaching Association of Canada ($10,000). Investigating the barriers and facilitators to achieving NCCP certification.

Awards and Recognition

U of T Early Career Teaching Award, 2017

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012

European College of Sport Science Young Investigator Award, 2009

Canadian Heritage Sport Participation Research Initiative Award, 2009

Association for Applied Sport Psychology Thesis Award, 2007

Professional Memberships

Brunel International Research Network on Athlete Welfare

Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Brunel International Research Network on Athlete Welfare

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology

European College of Sport Science