Kristen Dieffenbach, associate professor in West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences athletic coaching education program, has been elected to Fellow status, as voted by the members of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

“Becoming an AASP Fellow is a wonderful accomplishment. This title is given to members who have been significantly engaged in the promotion of the profession of sport psychology and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. To receive this award, one must be nominated and supported and approved by a review committee made up of fellows,” said Jack Watson, department chair and professor of sport sciences.

Watson explained that only a small number of fellows are recognized each year, making this a significant honor.

“In Kristen’s case, this is well deserved recognition of her accomplishments that have included service on the executive committee of the organization, promotion of mentoring within certified consultants and the engagement of community members to utilize practitioners.”

Dieffenbach said AASP has been an important part of her career development since she became involved during her early days as a graduate student.

“It is a great personal honor to become an AASP fellow and to be recognized by the organization and the fellows group for my efforts to help build and grow our profession.”

The group will formally induct Dieffenbach at their annual conference later this fall in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Dr. Dieffenbach’s recognition as an AASP Fellow is a tremendous honor and clearly demonstrates her status as a foremost scholar and leader within the field. Having scholars of this capability as part of the team at CPASS allows the university to make strides in partnering with citizens and communities to better their health outcomes and quality of life in West Virginia and across the globe. CPASS is proud to have such a distinguished researcher among our faculty ranks,” Dana Brooks, dean and professor at CPASS stated.

Dieffenbach has published research articles in scientific journals, authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and has written for applied publications such as Olympic Coach, VeloNews and Dirt Rag. Dieffenbach has served as an expert panelist or consultant for features in publications such as Performance Conditioning for Cycling, Runner’s World, Backpacker, Bicycling, and Adventure Sports Magazine, and on the Outdoor Life Network. As a coach she holds an elite level USA Cycling license and has earned a Level II endurance specialization from USA Track and Field.



CONTACT: Kim Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

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