Dr. Katherine Tamminen

Katherine Tamminen, Associate Professor (on sabbatical), Sport Psychology

  • Associate Professor
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Katherine

Academic Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, 2011-13

PhD, Physical Education and Recreation (Sport Psychology), University of Alberta, 2007-11

MSc, Physical Education and Recreation (Sport Psychology), University of Alberta, 2005-07

BA (Hons) Psychology, Lakehead University, 2003

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

Sport psychology

Stress, coping, and emotion 

Youth sport & adolescent athletes

Qualitative research methodology

Selected Publications


Tamminen, K. A., Gaudreau, P., McEwen, C. E., & Crocker, P. R. E. (In Press). Interpersonal emotional regulation among adolescent athletes and their teammates: A Bayesian multilevel model of sport enjoyment and commitment. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Holt, N. L., Neely, K. C., Slater, L. G., Camiré, M., Côté, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., MacDonald, D., Strachan, L. & Tamminen, K. A. (In Press). A model of positive youth development through sport based on results from a qualitative meta-study. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Tamminen, K. A., McEwen, C. E., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2016). Perceptions matter: Parental support, pressure, and the socialization of adolescent athletes’ coping. International Journal of Sport Psychology.

Lee, H., Tamminen, K. A., Clark, A. M., Slater, L., Spence, J. C., & Holt, N. L. (2015).  A meta-study of qualitative research examining determinants of children's independent active free playInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12:5. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0165-9 (BMC highly accessed article)

Tamminen, K. A., Witcher, C., Faulkner, G., & Spence, J. C. (2014). Examining the impact of microgrants in the promotion of physical activity among adolescentsBMC Public Health, 14:1206. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1206 (BMC highly accessed article)

Tamminen, K. A., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2013). “I control my own emotions for the sake of the team”: Emotional self-regulation and interpersonal emotion regulation among female high-performance curlersPsychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 737-747. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.05.002

Book Chapters

Tamminen, K. A., Kowalski, K., & Gaudreau, P. (2015). Stress, emotion, and coping. In P. R. E. Crocker (Ed.), Sport and exercise psychology: A Canadian perspective (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson.

Crocker, P.R.E., Tamminen, K. A., & Gaudreau, P. (2015). Coping in sport. In S. Hanton & S. Mellalieu (Eds.),Contemporary advances in sport psychology: A review (pp.28-67). New York: Routledge.

Tamminen, K. A., Crocker, P. R. E., & McEwen, C. E. (2014). Emotional experiences and coping: How to promote positive adaptational outcomes in sport. In R. Gomez, R. Resende, & A. Alberquerque (Eds.), Positive human functioning from a multidimensional perspective (pp.143-162). New York: Nova Science.

Tamminen, K. A., & Crocker, P.R.E. (2014). Coping. In Eklund, R. E. & Tenenbaum, G. (Eds.).  Encyclopaedia of sport and exercise psychology (Vol 1: 176-180). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tamminen, K. A., & Gaudreau, P. (2014). Coping, social support, and emotion regulation in teams. In M. R. Beauchamp & M. A. Eys (Eds.), Group dynamics in exercise and sport psychology: Contemporary themes (2nd ed., pp.222-239). New York: Routledge.

Currently Funded Projects

Tamminen, K. A., Sabiston, C., Eys, M., Smith, B. M., & Crocker, P. R. E.(2014-2016). Exploring communal coping and collective emotions in team sports. SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($74,823) 

Tamminen, K. A. (2014-2016). Testing a parent-child coping intervention for adolescent athletes. University of Toronto Connaught New Investigator Award ($10,000).

Tamminen, K. A., Kerr, G., & Donnelly, P. (2014-2016) Potential for change? Exploring the culture of youth hockey. SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. (value: $91,360)

Tamminen, K. A. (2013-2014). Athlete interactions in team sports: Emotion regulation, cohesion and enjoyment. University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Research Grant ($3,280).

Sabiston, C., Amireault, S., Arbour, K., Jones, J., Tamminen, K.A., & Thibaudeau, L. (2014-2017). Connecting peers in motion: a dyadic lifestyle activity intervention for women diagnosed with cancer. Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grant. ($191,425).

Holt, N. L., Down, J., Clark, A., Slater, L., Spence, J. C., & Tamminen, K. A. (2012-2013). Qual-play: A qualitative metasynthesis of children's active free play research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Knowledge Translation Grant ($87,534).