Springfield College Professor Awarded Grant by Association for Applied Sport Psychology


Springfield College Assistant Professor of Research and Statistics Elizabeth Mullin has been awarded a one-year grant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for her research in developing the “Heterosexist Attitudes in Sport – Gay Male scale.” Funding will assist in the development of a questionnaire that will include national and regional samples from NCAA male athletes.

Grants from the AASP are intended to provide support to professionals and students for their research endeavors. Preference is given to proposals that integrate research and practice, are submitted by early professionals or students, and require money to conduct a worthy project and no other funding is available.

“I want to thank the AASP and Springfield College Director of Grants and Sponsored Research Linda Marston for their help in receiving this grant,” said Mullin, who earned a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology in 2008 and a PhD in sport and exercise psychology in 2011, from Springfield College. “The research conducted will produce real stats and results that can be utilized in the classroom and on the field at Springfield College.”

Mullin has been recognized by her peers for her exemplary teaching abilities, her multiple presentations and published works in physical and health education, and her outstanding administration and strong leadership roles within the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. Mullin received the 2015 Mabel Lee Award during the recent annual SHAPE America National Conference in Seattle, Wash.  The Mabel Lee Award recognizes members of SHAPE America who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and professional leadership.

Mullin recently served as the Research Committee chair for the SHAPE America Eastern District Conference hosted at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel in February 2015. More than 40 combined Springfield College faculty members, students, and alumni accounted for more than 25 percent of the presentations at the Eastern District Conference.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News Media Group, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.