Keynote Speakers

We are happy to announce the invited keynote speakers for FEPSAC 2022!
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Kensa Gunter

Kensa Gunter | FEPSAC 2022 Keynote

AASP President, US

Presentation title: The Person of the Athlete: Navigating the intersection between cultural identity, performance and mental health in sport.

Day of presentation: TBD

Dr. Kensa Gunter is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). She provides mental health and mental performance services to individual athletes, serves as the team clinician for various professional sport organizations, and provides consultation services for different sport leagues.

Dr. Gunter is committed to elevating conversations about mental health and performance. She is also passionate about decreasing the stigma associated with mental health, particularly for those in high performance & African-American communities.  Dr. Gunter is currently the AASP President and at the 2018 APA Convention, she served as Division 47’s invited speaker for the Steven R. Heyman Memorial Keynote Lecture which is focused on diversity in sport. Dr. Gunter is listed on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sport Psychology Registry and is a member of the USOPC External Mental Health Taskforce.

Camilla Knight

Swansea University, UK

Presentation title: Parents and Youth Sport: Silence or Support?

Day of presentation: TBD

Dr Camilla Knight is an Associate Professor in Sport Sciences, specialising in Sport Psychology at Swansea University. She is also the Youth Sport lead for the Welsh Institute of Performance Science and a member of the Welsh Safeguarding in Sport Strategy group. Camilla’s research interests are concerned with understanding and enhancing the psychosocial experiences of children in sport, with a particular focus upon the influence of parents. Camilla is co-author of “Parenting in youth sport: From Research to Practice” (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of “Sport Psychology for Young Athletes” (Routledge, 2017). She has published over 25 book chapters on topics related to parental involvement in sport, as well as 50 peer reviewed journal articles. She also consults widely with a range of national and international sports organisations on parental involvement and youth sport participation more broadly.

Tadhg MacIntyre

Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, IR

Presentation title: TBD

Day of presentation: TBD

Dr. Tadhg E. MacIntyre is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Psychology at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is course director of a new graduate program in environmental psychology and coordinates the H2020 project GOGREEN ROUTES (2020-2024) which promotes urban health across six European cities. He studied psychology at University College Dublin, graduating from a BA in 1993, and subsequently, with a Masters’ degree (first class honors) in 1996. Supervised by the late Professor Aidan Moran, he subsequently graduated with a PhD on the topic of motor cognition. A consultant for over 15 years, most recently he was the sport psychologist for Munster rugby (2014-2016). Currently, he is chairperson for the Sport Ireland Institute professional accreditation process. He supervises research on resilience in sport and organizational settings, mental health stigma in sport, and most notably, transdisciplinary research activity on nature-based interventions. He recently co-edited Physical Activity in Natural Settings: Green Exercise and Blue Mind which includes scientific analyses, to case studies in green and blue exercise. He is national lead for the Be Like an Athlete Erasmus + Sport project (2019-2022). He is an Associate Editor of the top ranked review journal in sport psychology (International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology). In 2016 he edited a special issue on mental health challenges in sport and he is now co-editing a cross-hosted topic for the journal Frontiers on the topic The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Sport: Mental Health Implications on Athletes, Coaches and Support Staff.

Catherine M. Sabiston

University of Toronto, CA

Presentation title: TBD

Day of presentation: TBD

Dr. Catherine Sabiston is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre. Catherine holds a Canada Research Chair in physical activity and mental health and has been awarded numerous career distinctions. Dr. Sabiston has over 250 peer-reviewed publications, has delivered over 400 presentations, and she has held over $20 million dollars in funding for her research broadly focused on psychosocial determinants and outcomes of physical activity. Dr. Sabiston’s research has been extensively featured in the media, has been used to inform evidence-based practice, and has advanced theory and methods in sport and exercise psychology. Catherine is Past-President of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), and is an editorial board member for Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, and the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Miquel Torregrossa

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, SP

Presentation title: Rethinking and Spreading Career Transition Research

Day of presentation: TBD

Miquel Torregrossa, PhD, is Professor and the Coordinator of the Research Group in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He coordinates the PhD program in Health and Sport Psychology at UAB, and he is member of the Ethics Committee. His research focuses on sport Psychology, athletes’ career, and cognitive processes. It has been published in leading journals and books. In addition to over 100 publications, Miquel has given over 30 invited talks in numerous countries including Brazil, Uruguay, France, Italy, and UK.

Karen Zentgraf

Goethe University Frankfurt, DE

Presentation title: TBD

Day of presentation: TBD

Karen Zentgraf is Professor of Movement and Exercise Science at Goethe University Frankfurt, where she directs the Neuromotor Performance Laboratory. She serves as Deputy Dean of Studies Sport Sciences and as Chairperson of the Board of the GRADE Center for Sports Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, and is a member of both the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience Frankfurt (ICNF) and the PotAS Commission for Competitive Sports of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI, Germany). Prof. Zentgraf studied Biology at Indiana University (USA), Medicine and Sports Science at the University of Tübingen, and obtained her PhD from the University of Giessen in 2005, with a dissertation on the intersection of sport psychology and movement science. After postdoctoral positions in Gießen and Bern, she was called for a professorship in Human Performance and Training in Sports at the University of Münster, before returning to Hessen in 2017, when she began her current position at Goethe University Frankfurt. The research in Prof. Zentgraf’s lab focuses on expert human performance in sports and neuromotor behavior.