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Brett A. Nichols, Ph.D.

Brett A. Nichols, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sport and Exercise Science
Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Gunter Hall 2700
Office Hours
Monday 1:30-3:00 pm; Tuesday 11:00 – 12:30; Thursday 11:00 – 1:30
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Campus Box 39
Greeley, CO 80639


2015 – Ph.D. in Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado

2006 – M.A. in Sport Studies; Exercise, Leisure & Sport, Kent State University

2001 – B.A. in Geography and History, Hamline University

Professional/Academic Experience

2016-present             University of Northern Colorado. Instructor, School of Sport & Exercise Science

Summer 2016             Beijing Sport University, Visiting Professor in Sport Sociology, Foreign Languages Department

2011-2016                  University of Northern Colorado. Adjunct Instructor & Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Sport & Exercise Science and University College

2006                             Kent State University. Adjunct Instructor; Exercise, Leisure & Sport

2004-2005                  Kent State University. Graduate Teaching Assistant; Exercise, Leisure & Sport

Other Experience

2012-present             Positive Coaching Alliance. Certified Trainer

2008-2011                  Oberlin College. Associate Head Coach of Men’s Basketball

2010-2011                  Oberlin College.  Head Men’s Golf Coach

2006-2008                  Oberlin College. Assistant Coach of Men’s Basketball

Research/Areas of Interest

Coaching Effectiveness, Coaching Efficacy, Cross-cultural aspects of sport, Social-Psychological aspects of sport and coaching, Intercollegiate Athletics, International perspectives in sport, coaching, and physical activity

Publications/Creative Works

Davies, M.J., Babkes Stellino, M., Nichols, B.A., & Coleman, L.M. (2015).  Other-Initiated Motivational Climate and Youth Hockey Players' Good and Poor Sport Behaviors. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology 28(1), 78-96.

Babkes Stellino, M., Coleman, L.M., Nichols, B.A., & Davies, M.J. (2014).  Other-initiated motivational climate and good and poor sport behaviors in youth soccer. Poster at Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 

Nichols, B.A., Davies, M.J., Coleman, L.M., & Babkes Stellino, M. (2014). Guidelines for effective coach-initiated motivational climate: Relationship to good and poor sport behavior. National Coaching Conference, Washington, D.C.

Nichols, B.A. (2013). In pursuit of a competitive advantage: Coaching behaviors used by Division I men’s basketball coaches. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference, New Orleans, LA. 

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