Lenny Wiersma, PhD Lenny Wiersma, PhD


Location: KHS 133
Telephone: (657) 278-3806
Fax: (657) 278-5317
Email:  lwiersma@fullerton.edu

Advising Area:
Performance Enhancement/Sport Psychology
Sport Studies

Course Taught:
KNES 202: Introduction to Kinesiology
KNES 430: Applied Sport Psychology
KNES 581: Consultation Issues in Applied Sport Psychology
KNES 410: Issues in Youth Sports  
KNES 241: Teaching Nontraditional Sports
KNES 380: Philosophy of Human Movement
KNES 510: Research Methods in Kinesiology

Dr. Lenny Wiersma is a Professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton, where he has taught since 2001. He is the Director of the Performance Psychology Lab at CSUF and has conducted research and/or worked with a variety of extreme sport athletes including big-wave surfers, ultramarathon runners and cyclists, Crossfit Games athletes, and UFC fighters. He is currently on the staff of UCLA Men’s and Women’s Water Polo teams as a sport psychology consultant as well as USA Swimming’s National Team, specializing in Open Water. He serves on the editorial board of   The Sport Psychologist, is a former Associate Editor for   Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and was the Co-Director of the   Center for the Advancement of Responsible Youth Sport   at CSUF from 2001-2014. He received his masters and doctorate degrees in Sport Psychology from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. In his spare time he engages in outdoor pursuits with his yellow lab (Maverick), enjoys photography, surfing, and backpacking, and is a long-time volunteer in the Child Life department at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Interest Area:
Applied sport psychology with competitive athletes; psychology of extreme sport participation; psycho-social aspects of youth sport.

Current projects:
A Phenomenological Investigation of the Psychology of Extreme Snowboarding and the Relationship of Extreme Sport Participation to Environmental Conservationism.