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Robert Brustad, Ph.D.

Robert Brustad, Ph.D.


School of Sport and Exercise Science
College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Gunter 2740
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Campus Box 39
Greeley, CO 80639


Ph.D.     University of Oregon

M.A.      University of Oregon

B.A.        University of California, San Diego

Professional/Academic Experience

University of Northern Colorado, 1993-present

Other Experience

University of Diego Portales (Santiago, Chile)  Co-Director of Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program in Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2006-present.

Editor, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (1998-2000)

Associate Editor, Psychology of Sport & Exercise (2011-2014)

Research/Areas of Interest

Social psychology of sport and physical activity; developmental and lifespan influences on sport and physical activity behavior; children and youth in sport and physical activity; physical activity and cognitive functioning; cultural influences in sport and physical activity; talent development; analytics in sport.

Publications/Creative Works

        Seabra, A., Maia, J., Parker, M., Brustad, R., & Fonseca, A. (in press).  Confirmatory factorial analysis of the Children’s Attraction to Physical Activity scale.  The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.

        Brustad, R.J. (2016).  Hidden gold on the diamond? The contribution of the relative age effect to talent estimation errors in the major league draft.  Presented to Major League Baseball Analytics Conference: Phoenix, AZ. March 11, 2016.

        Seabra, A.C., Mendonça, D, Maia, J.A., Welk, G., Brustad, R., & Fonseca, A.M. (2013). Gender, weight status and socioeconomic differences in psychosocial correlates of physical activity in schoolchildren. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 16(4): 320-326

        Brustad, R.J. (2012). Children’s motivation for involvement in physical activity.  In E. Acevedo (Ed.) TheOxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology (pp. 385-408).  New York: Oxford University Press.

        Brustad, R.J. (2012).  Psychological and social considerations in the talent development process in sport.  In Y. Zinchenko and Y. Hanin (Eds.), Sport psychology on the way to the Olympic Games.  Moscow, Russia: Moscow State University Press.

        Brustad, R.J.  (2008). Qualitative research approachesIn T.S. Horn (Ed.), Advances in Sport Psychology (3rd Ed, pp. 31-44).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.

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