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


My research in sport psychology focuses on two main areas: 1) stress, coping, and emotion in sport, and 2) young athletes’ experiences in sport. My current research examines how adolescent athletes learn to cope with stressors in sport, how parents and coaches influence athletes' coping, and parent-child communication in sport. I also conduct research on interpersonal emotion regulation and social aspects of coping and emotions in team sports. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on sport and exercise psychology, stress and coping, and qualitative research methods. I am currently an Associate Editor for the journal International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology and serve on the Editorial Board for Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

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


Poucher, Z. A., Tamminen, K. A., Caron, J., & Sweet, S. (2019). Thinking through and designing qualitative research studies: A focused mapping review of 30 years of qualitative research in sport psychology. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2019.1656276

Tamminen, K. A., Ferdinand-Pennock, K., & Braun, C. (2019). Testing a brief coping intervention for high performance youth soccer players and parents. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3, 61-70. doi:10.1123/cssep.2019-0009 

Tamminen, K. A., Page-Gould, E., Palmateer, T., Schellenberg, B., Thai, S., Eys, M., Sabiston, C., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2019). A daily diary study of interpersonal emotion regulation, the social environment, and team performance among varsity athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101566 

Tamminen, K. A., & Poucher, Z. (2018). Open science in sport and exercise psychology: Review of current approaches and considerations for qualitative inquiry. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 36, 17-28. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.12.010

Tamminen, K. A., Poucher, Z., & Povilaitis, V. (2017). The car ride home: An interpretive analysis of parent-child sport conversations. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6(4), 325-339. doi:10.1037/spy.0000093 

Tamminen, K. A., & Bennett, E. (2016). No emotion is an island: An overview of theoretical perspectives and narrative research on emotions in sport and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9, 183-199. doi:10.1080/2159676X.2016.1254109

Tamminen, K. A., Gaudreau, P., McEwen, C. E., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2016). Interpersonal emotional regulation among adolescent athletes and their teammates: A Bayesian multilevel model of sport enjoyment and commitment. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, 541-555. doi:10.1123/jsep/2015-0189

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., & Poucher, Z. A. (in press). Research philosophies. In D. Hackfort & R. Schinke (Eds.), The Routledge international encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology (Section on Measurement and Evaluation; Section Editors: C. Sabiston & T. Curran). 

Crocker, P. R. E., Tamminen, K. A., & Bennett, E. (2017). Stress, emotions, and coping in youth sport. Sport psychology for young athletes (pp. 164-173). In C. J. Knight, C. G. Harwood, & D. Gould (Eds.), New York: Routledge. 

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., Wagstaff, C., Danyluck, C., Wolf, S., & McEwen, C. (2018-2022). Interpersonal emotion regulation in sport. SSHRC Insight Grant (value: $131,672) and Sport Participation Research Initiative Grant (value: $20,000). 

Tamminen, K. A. (2016). Developing the University of Toronto Sport and Performance Psychology Lab. Canadian Foundation for Innovation (total project costs: $153,365). 

Tamminen, K. A. (2016-2021). Improving emotion regulation and coping among youth sport and competitive athletes. Province of Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation: Early Researcher Award (value: $150,000).