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.
Stress, coping, and emotion
Youth sport & adolescent athletes
Qualitative research methodology
Tamminen, K. A., McEwen, C. E., Kerr, G., & Donnelly, P. (2020). Examining the impact of web-based parent education workshop on athlete outcomes: A three-year study of the Respect in Sport Parent Program in minor hockey. Journal of Sports Sciences. Available online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1767839
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1750984X.2019.1656276
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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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 curlers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 737-747. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.05.002
Tamminen, K. A., & Neely, K. (2020). We’re in this together: Dyadic and interpersonal aspects of emotions, coping, and emotion regulation in sport. In M. Ruiz & C. Robazza (Eds.), Routledge Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Series – Feeling states and sports performance: Implications for research and practice. Routledge.
Tamminen, K. A., Mosewich, A., Gaudreau, P., & Kowalski, K. (2020). Stress, emotion, and coping. In P. R. E. Crocker, C. Sabiston, & M. McDonough (Eds.), Sport and exercise psychology: A Canadian perspective (4th ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson.
Tamminen, K. A., & Poucher, Z. A. (2020). 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).
Tamminen, K. A., & Braun, C. (2017). Psychological considerations among adolescent athletes. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.178
Tamminen, K. A., Poucher, Z., & Smith, B. (2019-2020). Developing best practices for open qualitative research in sport and exercise psychology. SSHRC Connection Grant ($7,569).
Tamminen, K. A., Poucher, Z., & Kim, J. (2020). Exploring social media and teammate relationships in adolescent girls' soccer. Sport Information Research Centre: Researcher/Practitioner Match Grants ($2331.50)
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).