John Dunn, PhD

Post Retirement, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Post Retirement, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs



Ph.D. (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1998
M.A. (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1992
P.G.C.E. (Physical Education), Loughborough University, 1988
B.Sc. (PE, Sport Science, & Rec. Mgt.), Loughborough University, 1987


I have been a full-time member of the academic staff in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the U of A since 1998. In addition to my regular teaching and research responsibilities at the U of A, over the past 25 years I have been heavily involved in the provision of mental training support to elite performers. I have worked with Canadian national team athletes in the sports of curling, biathlon, alpine skiing, water polo, and field hockey. I was a member of the Canadian support staff at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and was a coach at the 2018 Winter Olympics. I have also provided mental training support to various branches of the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian law enforcement agencies, and a number of teams in the National Hockey League. I am a Chartered Professional Coach (as designated by the Coaching Association of Canada).  



My research interests lie in the field of sport psychology. I examine psychological, emotional, and personality characteristics that are linked to performance in sport. My primary research focus since 2002 has been directed towards the study of perfectionism in sport. I have a secondary interest in psychometrics and the processes surrounding the development of self-report instruments that are used to measure psychological constructs in sport.  


KIN.109 (Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation)
KIN.338 (Physical Activity and Sport Participation in Children and Youth)
KIN.544 (Psychosocial Dimensions of Athletic Behaviour in the Competitive Sport Environment) 


I am planning to retire in 2022, and am therefore no longer taking new graduate students. 


KIN 109 - Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation

This course focuses largely upon the application of descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of quantitative research. The course also introduces students to basic principles surrounding measurement error, test reliability, and validity. Note: Students cannot receive credit for KIN 109 if they received credit for PEDS 109 or PEDS 309, PSYCH 211, SOC 210, STAT 141, or STAT 151.

KIN 338 - Physical Activity and Sport Participation in Children and Youth

This course focuses upon a wide range of issues surrounding the involvement of children and youth in structured and unstructured physical activity and sport settings. Psycho-social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and environmental conditions that influence, or are influenced by, physical activity and sport participation in children and youth are discussed. Course content is delivered through lectures and experiential activities. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 338 or PEDS 338.

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