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Dr. Andrea Becker

Dr. Andrea Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She received her PhD in Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee (2007), and her BS and MS degrees in Kinesiology from California State University, Sacramento. As an undergraduate, Becker competed as a Division I softball player, and later co-author a softball specific mental training book titled, Focused For Fastpitch. Currently, her primary teaching responsibilities and research interests are in the area of Sport and Exercise Psychology. More specifically, she studies aspects of coaching (i.e., coach-athlete interactions, expectancy effects) and performance enhancements (i.e., optimism, focus, emotional control). Dr. Becker is an active member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and also serves on the editorial board for a journal titled, The Sport Psychologist. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Becker is a certified sport psychology consultant (CC-AASP). In this capacity, she provides sport psychology services to athletes, coaches, and teams.