Current Students

Jordan Lefebvre (PhD5) 

Picture of JordanHometown:
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Degrees:

  • BA in Psychology, Clinical Concentration, Bishop’s University;
  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Queen’s University.

Current Degree:

  • PhD (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University.

Funding:

  • Recipient of the FRQSC Doctoral Research Scholarship ($49,000.00)
  • Recipient of the Departmental Doctoral Student Award ($45,000.00)
  • Bloom, G. A., Heath, N. L., & Lefebvre, J. S. (2019-2021). Talk today national launch evaluation. Funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association Project Grant, Faculty of Education, McGill University. ($45,174.00)
  • Bloom, G. A., Heath, N. L., & Lefebvre, J. S. (2018-2020). Talk today program evaluation. Funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Faculty of Education, McGill University. ($39,898.00)

Research Interests:
My Master’s thesis investigated the prevalence of effective leadership behaviours of head coaches in youth sport. Among our findings, head coaches primarily displayed leadership through individualized consideration and inspirational motivation. Despite our findings, the research indicates that athletes are also subjected to the coinciding influences of assistant coaches, as well as formal and informal athlete leaders. Therefore, the research for my doctoral degree will explore the leadership dynamics within and across all leadership groups, and their collective impact on the athletic performance and personal development of athletes.

About me:
My initial interest in the field of sport psychology originates from my upbringing engrained within a high performance sport environment. Following that, my personal experiences playing varsity rugby at a Canadian University helped me recognize the importance of social processes and mental performance in sport, which led me to pursue a doctoral degree in sport psychology at McGill. Now, as a fourth year PhD Candidate, I engage in a variety of research, teaching, and consulting work. My research interests include leadership, mentoring, and team building, of which I have published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. I have served as a course lecturer at McGill, and as a guest lecturer at Queen’s University and l’Université de Montréal. Finally, I have been working as a mental performance consultant for McGill Athletics, the McGill Martlet's hockey team, and other individual athletes at both the professional and amateur level.

 

Publications:
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Lefebvre, J. S., Alexander, D., Sweet, S., & Bloom, G. A. (revise and resubmit). A mixed-methods case study examining the developmental networks of athletes in a wheelchair rugby team.

Lefebvre, J. S., Bloom, G. A, & Duncan, L. R. (in press). A qualitative examination of the developmental networks of elite sport coaches. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Advance Online Publication. PDF icon Preview

Lefebvre, J. S., Cowburn, I., Martin, L. J., & Côté, J. (in press). Investigating the process by which National Hockey League player development coaches ‘develop’ athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Advance online publication. PDF iconPreview

Lefebvre, J. S., Turnnidge, J., & Côté, J. (in press). A systematic observation of coach leadership behaviours in youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Advance Online Publication. PDF iconPreview

Lefebvre, J. S., Bloom, G. A., & Loughead, T. (2020). A citation network analysis of career mentoring across disciplines: A roadmap for mentoring research in sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 49, 101676. PDF iconPreview

Dohme, L., Lefebvre, J. S., & Bloom, G. A. (2020). Team building in youth sport. In M. W. Bruner, M. Eys, & L. J. Martin (Eds.), The power of groups in youth sport, (pp. 165-182). New York, NY: Elsevier. PDF iconPreview

Da Silva, E. J., Evans, M. B., Lefebvre, J. S., Allan, V., Palmeira, A. (2020). A systematic review of intrapersonal coach development programs: Examining the development and evaluation of programs to elicit coach reflection. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. Advance Online Publication. PDF icon Preview

Grant, M., Bloom, G. A, & Lefebvre, J. S. (2020). Lessons learned: Coaches’ perceptions of a pilot e-mentoring programme. International Sport Coaching Journal, 7, 22-30. PDF icon Preview

Alexander, D., Hutt, E. A., Lefebvre, J. S., & Bloom, G. A. (2019). The potential benefits of imagery for powerlifting athletes. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 41, 102-109.  PDF icon Preview

Bloom, G. A., Lefebvre, J. S., & Smith, P. (2018). Canadian case study conversation: Mentorship in elite women’s ice hockey. In F. C. Chambers (Ed.), Learning to mentor in sports coaching: A design thinking approach. New York, NY: Routledge. PDF icon Preview

Bloom, G. A., Lefebvre, J. S., (2018). Working with coaches and their teams in youth collegiate sport in the USA: An interview with Dr Andy Gillham: A commentary. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 13(3), 333-335. PDF icon Preview

Lefebvre, J. S., Evans, M. B, Turnnidge, J., Gainforth, H. L., & Côté, J. (2016). Describing and classifying coach development programs: A synthesis of empirical research and applied practice. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11(6), 887-899. PDF icon Preview

Lefebvre, J. I. A., Lefebvre, J. S., Standing, L. G., (2011). Does environmental enrichment while studying improve recall? Modern Psychological Studies, 16(2), 50-58. PDF icon Preview

McGuckin, M. E. C., Turnnidge, J., Bruner, M. W., Lefebvre, J. S., & Côté, J. (under review). Exploring youth sport coaches' perceptions of intended outcomes of leadership behaviours.

Lefebvre, J. S., Henderson, S., Salomie, A., Heath, N., & Bloom, G. A. (in progress). A mixed-methods examination of a season-long mental health awareness program for elite male adolescent hockey players.

Lefebvre, J. S., Hoffmann, M. D., Bloom, G. A., & Cai, A. (in progress). Guidelines for the development, implementation, and evaluation of sport mentoring programs.

Lefebvre, J. S., Chen, J., Goldman, D., Turnnidge, J., McGuckin, M. E. C., & Côté, J. (in progress). Understanding elite coaches' full-range leadership: a video-stimulated recall interview procedure.

Cai, A., Lefebvre, J. S., Alexander, D., Bloom, & G. A. (in progress). Guidelines for the development and implementation of Group Norms for Sport Coaches.

Danielle Alexander (PhD3) 

Picture of DanielleHometown:
Newmarket, Ontario

Degrees:

  • BA in Psychology, Honours, Brock University;
  • MA in Kinesiology and Physical Education, Specialization in Sport Psychology, McGill University.

Current Degree:

  • PhD (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University.

Funding:

  • Recipient of the Fonds de Recherche Sociéte et Culture Doctoral Research Scholarship, Montreal, QC.
  • Recipient of the Centre de recherché interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain doctoral fellowship.
  • PhD Recipient of the 2020 Walter A. and K. Mary Marsh Fellowship in the Faculty of Education.
  • 2021 Bloom, G. A., & Alexander, D. Exploring the effectiveness of a pilot parasport coach mentorship program. Funded by the Mitacs Accelerate Program and Coaches Association of Ontario, $10,000.

Research Interests:
My master’s degree was among the first to include an all-female sample of highly-successful Paralympic athletes (i.e., who collectively achieved an average of eight combined Paralympic and Para Pan American medals). The analysis revealed the athletes’ perceptions and experiences of both effective and ineffective coaching strategies and behaviours, including how these experiences affected them on a personal and professional level. One of the conclusions involved athletes expressing an increased knowledge base of their coaches. Partnering with the Coaching Association of Ontario, the focus of my doctoral research is to provide parasport coaches with a formal mentorship program in which experienced mentor coaches help inexperienced mentee coaches develop and obtain knowledge in their field.

About me:
My interest in sport began at an early age with my involvement in figure skating and dancing. Since then, I have participated in each sport competitively and developed transitional life skills, including time management, dedication, and perseverance, that have been applied to my academic studies. My love of figure skating, in particular, led me to become a coach and choreographer in this sport, which further exposed me to working with athletes with disabilities. As a result, I have gained an increased interest in the knowledge and behaviours of parasport coaches and what it means to be an effective coach for an athlete with a disability. I hope that my research results will help expand the literature on coaching athletes with disabilities.

Publications:

Alexander, D., Duncan, L. R., & Bloom, G. A. (revise and resubmit). A critical discourse analysis of the dominant discourses being used to portray parasport coaches in the newspaper media.

Bélanger-Finn, K., Bloom, G. A., & Alexander, D. (revise and resubmit). Understanding intrapersonal knowledge in successful female University coaches.

Lefebvre, J. S., Alexander, D., Sweet, S. N, & Bloom, G. A. (revise and resubmit). A mixed-methods case study examining the developmental networks of athletes on a wheelchair rugby team.

Rebner, J., Duncan, L. R., & Alexander, D. (revise and resubmit). Talking your way to record times: The effects of instructional and motivational self-talk on 10 km time-trial running performance.

Bentzen, M., Alexander, D., Bloom, G. A., & Kenttä, G. (2021). What do we know about research on parasport coaches? A scoping review. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 38, 109-137. PDF icon Preview

Milius, I., Gilbert, W. D., Alexander, D., & Bloom, G. A. (2021). Coaches’ use of positive tactile communication in collegiate basketball. International Sport Coaching Journal, 8, 91-100. PDF icon Preview

Alexander, D., Bloom, G. A., Taylor, S. T. (2020). Female Paralympic athlete views of effective and ineffective coaching practices. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 32(1), 48-63. PDF iconPreview

Alexander, D., & Bloom, G. A. (2020). Coaching athletes with a disability. In D. Hackfort & R. J., Schinke (Eds.), The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 2, (pp. 166-176). New York, NY: Routledge.

Alexander, D., Hutt, E., Lefebvre, J. S., & Bloom, G. A. (2019). Using imagery to enhance performance in powerlifting: A review of theory, research, and practice. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 41, 102-109. PDF icon Preview

Alexander, D., Hallward, L., Duncan, L. R., & Caron, J. G. (2019). Is there still hope for clean sport? Exploring how the Russian doping scandal has impacted North American sport culture and identity using an ethnographic content analysis. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11, 618-635. PDF icon Preview

Duncan, L. R., Hallward, L., & Alexander, D. (2018). Portraits of the personal and situational risk factors that lead to doping initiation in adolescent athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 39, 163-170. PDF icon Preview

Henderson, S., Bloom, G. A., & Alexander, D. (under review). Desired coaching behaviours of elite divers during competition.

Siobhan Henderson (PhD1) 

Hometown:
Saint-Hubert, Quebec

Degrees:

  • BSc in Kinesiology, McGill University
  • MA in Kinesiology and Physical Education, Specialization in Sport Psychology, McGill University

Current Degree:

  • PhD (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Funding:

  • Recipient of the Graduate Excellence Award

Research Interests:
The research for my master’s degree explored the desired coaching behaviours of elite divers in competition. Among our findings, athletes perceived their coaches to play a crucial role in facilitating athlete performance during competition which included helping them to direct their attention, prevent doubt from settling in, and manage their emotions. Coaches and athletes also developed and implemented individualized routines. The effectiveness of coach and athlete interactions in this context depended in part on elements reflecting the quality of their relationship such as trust and understanding. However, coach-athlete interactions were impacted negatively by certain emotions of the coach, such as frustration, disappointment, and giving up. Therefore, the focus of my doctoral research is to further explore what effective coach-athlete interactions consist of in competition across a variety of elite individual sports and the role of the coach-athlete relationship in shaping effective coach leadership behaviours.

About me:
My interest in sport psychology stemmed from my background in competitive sport as a national springboard diver and my experience as a youth sport coach. In particular, I felt that the relationship I had with my coach was an important element of my diving success which has resulted in being the recipient of the “Trophée Philippe Comptois” awarded by Plongeon Québec to an athlete who demonstrated perseverance and tenacity in the face of adversity. I have also received the Best Female Senior Athlete of the 2018-2019 season awarded by Plongeon Québec. My background in sport led me to become increasingly interested in effective coaching leadership strategies that can foster successful performances in sport. I have had the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned from my Master’s degree to improve my own coaching strategies as a strength and conditioning coach working with junior divers on the provincial team. For these reasons, I decided to pursue a doctoral degree in sport psychology, specializing in coaching and leadership, to further understand the role of the coach-athlete relationship in the development of athletes in the context of elite sport.

Publications:

Henderson, S., Bloom, G. A., & Alexander, D. (under review). Desired coaching behaviours of elite divers during competition.

Lefebvre, J. S., Henderson, S., Salomie, A., Heath, N., & Bloom, G. A. (in progress). A mixed-methods examination of a season-long mental health awareness program for elite male adolescent hockey players.

Aaron Armstrong (MA3) 

Picture of AaronHometown:
Teeswater, Ontario

Degrees:

  • B.Comm, Concentration in International Business, Ryerson University 

Current Degree:

  • MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Research Interests:
High performance coaching, leadership, team culture 

About me:
My interest in sport psychology originated through my journey as a U SPORTS varsity hockey player. Aside from solely focusing on my hockey performance, I also dedicated myself to off ice excellence, through community involvement and academic achievement. As a result, I was awarded the U SPORTS National Dr. Randy Gregg award for excellence in Academics, Community Service, & On Ice ability during my undergraduate education at Ryerson. My leadership experiences have led me to become interested in studying the ways elite coaches create and sustain a culture of excellence in high performance sport for my graduate thesis. My career aspiration is to become a world class leader in high performance sport management by implementing effective leadership strategies that will foster a culture of excellence.

Mikaela (Mishi) Papich (MA2) 

Hometown:
Montreal, Quebec

Degrees:

  • BA, Psychology, Cum Laude, Bucknell University

Current Degree:

  • MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Funding:

  • Recipient of the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (CGS-M)

Research Interests:
Coach-athlete relationship in individual sport

About me:
Between the ages of 7-19 I competed in tennis at both the provincial and national level. Following that, I was recruited to play at Bucknell University, a Division I tennis program in the United States. Throughout these years of training and competition, I had the good fortune of working with many incredible coaches. The quality of the relationship I had with these coaches played a critical role in my attitude and work ethic on the court. Although each coach improved my game, there were only a few coaches that were capable of pushing me to reach my potential. As a result of my experiences, my research interest is on exploring the interpersonal constructs of the coach-athlete relationship and how these constructs influence the quality of the dyadic relationship.

Lara Pomerleau-Fontaine (MA2) 

Hometown:
Magog, Quebec

Degrees:

  • BA, Sport Psychology, Honours, Laurentian University

Current Degree:

  • MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Funding:

  • Recipient of the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (CGS-M)
  • Recipient of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) Scholarship
  • Recipient of the 2019-2020 Cooke Fellowship

Research Interests:
Coach-athlete relationship in parasport

About me:
I grew up playing many sports, but basketball was my favorite. I played four years at Laurentian University, which is also when I started to read and learn about sport psychology, including the importance of effective coaching. As a result of my sport and educational experiences, I have always been interested in exploring the coach-athlete relationship in parasport. I hope that studying this topic will expand the literature on coaching athletes with a disability.

 

Publications:

McGannon, K. R., Pomerleau-Fontaine, L., & McMahon, J. (2020). Extreme sport, identity, and well-being: A case study and narrative approach to elite skyrunning. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4, 8-16.

Mathieu Michaud (MA2) 

Hometown:
Matane, Quebec

Degrees:

  • B.Ed., Physical and Health Education (2019), McGill University
  • M.Mus., Composition (2015), McGill University
  • B.Mus., Composition (2012), Université de Montréal

Current Degree:

  • MA (in progress) Adapted Physical Activity, McGill University

Funding:

  • Recipient of the 2020 Stansfield Award for School Based Research
  • Recipient of the 2020 Muriel H. Marsh and Harold A. Marsh Endowment
  • Recipient of the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (CGS-M)
  • Recipient of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) Scholarship

Research Interests:
Effective teaching strategies for teachers of students with special needs

About me:
My interest in adapted physical education originated through my journey as a physical and health education student. Throughout my undergraduate program at McGill, I participated in activities that provided me with an opportunity to teach movement skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities. This experience was bolstered by my seven-week field experience at a school for students with intellectual disabilities (Summit School). During this time, I participated in extra-curricular activities by teaching intramural sports and assisting the coach of the swim team. My journey incrementally revealed to me the importance of quality education for students with disabilities and cultivated a desire to specialize in teaching and researching adapted physical education. As a graduate student, I co-authored a textbook chapter on mixed-methods research for adapted physical education—the emphasis of my research. Taken together, these experiences have inspired me to pioneer advanced teaching strategies for students with intellectual disabilities in physical education settings.
 

Publications:

Harvey, W. J., Michaud, M., & Wilkinson, S. (2020). Mixed-methods research. In J. A. Haegele, S. R. Hodge and D. R. Shapiro (Eds.), Routledge handbook of adapted physical education (pp. 183–196). New York, NY: Routledge.

Marc Glaude (MA1) 

Hometown:
Montreal, Quebec

Degrees:

  • BSc specializing in Physical and Health Education, Université de Montréal

Current Degree:

  • MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Research Interests:
High performance coaching, leadership

About me:
My interest in sport began at a young age. I participated in many youth team sports and particularly excelled in football. As a result, I was provided with the opportunity to play on the University of Montreal varsity football team as an offensive lineman while pursuing my studies in physical and health education. During this time, I sought practical applications for concepts learned throughout my physical education degree to improve my performance as a University student-athlete. Following my undergraduate degree, I was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2017 CFL entry draft. During my first professional training camp, injuries kept me off the practice field and I chose to end my athletic career. However, I still wanted to remain involved in football, and coaching was the next logical step. Since 2018, I have been an Assistant Coach with the McGill University football team where I am currently responsible for the technical and tactical development of the offensive line. Pursuing a Master’s degree specialized in elite sport coaching will help me with my career aspiration to become a world class head football coach. I am interested in researching successful head coaches in order to gain a deeper understanding of the methods behind their leadership and success.

Cherokee Washington (MA1) 

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Degrees:

  • BSc, Psychology, Whitman College
  • BA, Honors Rhetoric Studies, Whitman College

Current Degree:

  • MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University 

Funding:

  • Cooke Fellowship for 2020-21

Research Interests:
Cultural issues of coaching.

About me:
As a womxn of colour, I have dedicated my personal, educational, and professional identities to dismantling systems of oppression through interdisciplinary means and spaces. This mission, along with my experiences as a Black collegiate volleyball player, have led me to pursue a career in cultural sport psychology. I played indoor volleyball as a libero/defensive specialist, hitter, and setter for 14 years in the USA, that included playing at the collegiate level for both Wingate University and Whitman College. Currently, I am part of the McGill Martlet volleyball program. Through several diversity and inclusion positions and participation in acts of protest, I have also developed a background in anti-racism education, identity politics, and Black feminist thought. As a result of my background and experiences, I hope to explore and enhance current methods for cultural competency and anti-racism within the field of sport psychology through the lens of the head coach.
 

Publications:

Higgins, M., Leavitt, N., Shuster, K., & Washington, C. (2019). Whitman teaches the movement: Bridging campus and community through dialogue. In B. A. Nagda & L. D. Roper (Eds.), New Directions for Student Leadership: No. 163. Centering Dialogue in Leadership Development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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