Candidates for the Managing Council 2009-2013 - ISSP by ktixcqlmc


									     Candidates for the Managing Council 2009-2013

Statements for:

Sidonio Serpa

Vice President:
Natalia Stambulova
Traci Statler
Abderrahim Baria

Secretary General:
Gangyan Si

Ernest Tsung-Min Hung

Managing Council:
Athanasios Papaionnou
Newton Santos Vianna Jr.
Antionette Minniti
Alexandre Garcia-Mas
Tatiana Ryba
Thomas Schack
Ruy Krebs
Bola Ikulayou
Hiroshi Sekiya


I started my relationship with ISSP 18 years ago organizing the 8th World Congress (Lisbon). In
1993 I was elected to the MC. Lately I became secretary general and vice-president. I have met
all the presidents of ISSP and, with the exception of Antonelli, I worked with all of them.
I am professor in the Technical University of Lisbon and the chair of the SP department. My
main interests are psychology of coaching and performance enhancement. As a SP consultant I
have worked with top level athletes and have participated in Olympic Games. I have published
scholarly papers and made presentations in the five continents. From 1995 to 1999 I was invited
professor in the Polytechnic Institute of Macao (China). Internationally I have organized
conferences and participated in a number of academic projects and SP activities.
I have extensive knowledge about ISSP business and history which should help me to contribute
to its advancement and recognition as well as SP in many parts of the world. Some of the
objectives I have are to: initiate actions to coordinate efforts among the SP main continental
associations to contribute to the advancement of SP in the world; work for the legitimacy of SP
consultants at the Olympics by the IOC; expand SP education using electronic facilities, continue
the previous president’s idea of ISSP e-academy; and establish the past-presidents board for
advising on specific issues.
Most of my professional life has been dedicated to SP. It would be an honor to continue in such a
significant role as president of ISSP.

Natalia Stambulova is a Professor in Sport & Exercise Psychology in the School of Social and
Health Sciences at Halmstad University, Sweden. Her professional experiences in sport
psychology refer to her work for about three decades as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in
the Soviet Union/Russia and since 2001 in Sweden. Her athletic background is in figure skating
on the level of the Soviet Union national team. She received her first PhD (1978) in
developmental psychology at the Leningrad State University (Leningrad, USSR) and the second
one (1999) in sport psychology at the P.F.Lesgaft State University of Physical Education and
Sports (St.-Petersburg, Russia). Her research and publications including peer review journal
articles and chapters in edited books relate mainly to athletic career development topic with an
emphasis on career transitions and athletes’ crises. In applied work her specialization is helping
athletes in crises, consulting athletes and coaches on various athletic/life career issues. In 2004
she received Distinguished International Scholar Award of the Association of Applied Sport
Psychology. She is a member of the ISSP Managing Council since 2001. During her terms in the
ISSP Managing Council she contributed mainly into activities of the Developmental Policy and
Young Generation Committee and was a leading author of the ISSP Position Stand on Career
Development and Transitions of Athletes.

Dr. Traci Statler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State
Fullerton, with an expertise in the area of applied sport and performance psychology. Her
primary research interests include the “art” of excellence in performance, the psychology of
high-level disabled sport performance, and the psychology of injury and rehabilitation, with
numerous professional presentations in these areas. She has been working in the area of applied
sport psychology for the last 15 years and currently serves as a performance psychology
consultant to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the United States Association for
Track and Field (USATF), and a variety of collegiate athletic programs, as well as conducting
individual performance enhancement sessions with professional athletes, police officers, and fire
fighters in southern California. Dr. Statler has been an active member of ISSP for the last 8
years, serving on the Managing Council for the last 4 years. She is well versed in multiple
elements of the management of this organization having served as assistant treasurer,
membership coordinator, member of the website committee and most recently, Newsletter editor.
As Vice President, she will continue her efforts to improve the electronic presence of ISSP,
collaborating with the website coordinator to provide timely and interesting content, as well as
expanding the global reach of he organization to sport and exercise psychology students

Abderrahim, “Abdou” Baria, PhD, is professor of sport psychology and head of the
Department of Physical Education at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Casablanca, Morocco.
Professor Baria holds a Master degree from the University of Montréal (1987) and a Ph.D from
the University of Ottawa, Canada, (1994), both supervised by Dr. John, H. Salmela. Professor
Baria is currently the president of the Moroccan Association of Sport Psychology (MASP) and
member of the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). He is
also involved with the Moroccan professional golfers as a performance consultant. His research
interests focus on cross-cultural studies in sport psychology, on sport excellence and coach
expertise development. He has papers published in refereed international and national journals
(in French and in English) and has made presentations at international and national congresses
and seminars. Abdou Baria is the congress chair of the 12th World Congress of Sport
Psychology organized in Marrakech (17-21 June 2009) Morocco. He has served as an assistant
Editor for the International Journal of Sport Psychology from 1991-1995 and provided peer
review service to research journals in French and English. (e.g., IJSP AVANTE & STAPS).

Address: Abderrahim Baria, 364 Mustapha El Maâni, Casablanca, 20 000, Morocco
Email :
Mobile: +212 63042874
Phone: +212 22 938793

Gangyan Si
Statement for Running for Secretary General

Gangyan Si, gained his Ph.D. in the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 1992, the current head
of Sport Psychology Department at Hong Kong Sports Institute, a professor at Wuhan Institute
of Physical Education, China. Dr. Si serves as a member of Managing Council of ISSP since
2005, and would like to run for the Secretary General of ISSP in next election in Marrakesh,
Morocco in 2009.

Dr. Si has experience on working in the international organization. He has served for the
managing Council of Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology since 1989and is the
current vice-president of ASPASP. He has been equipped with both the regional vision from
Asian South Pacific area and an international vision from ISSP, and believe that be could tighten
the links between ISSP and ASPASP, therefore contribute more to the development of Sport

Dr. Si has both academic and practical backgrounds, he has contributed presentations in various
academic conferences and traveled with the elite athletes in important international competitions.
He owns a wide working and interpersonal network in the sport psychology world, thus
considers himself as an appropriate person to serve for ISSP as a secretary general.

Tsung-Min Hung, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the National
Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan) with an area of expertise in psychophysiology of sport and
exercise. He has been the sport psychology consultant for Taiwan's elite athletes for the past 10
years. Dr. Hung's research interests include psychophysiological signature of optimal sport
performance and psychophysiological consequences of physical activity. He has published more
than 40 peer-reviewed papers in local and international journals and made more than 80
presentations at international conferences. He has co-authored both the English and Chinese
versions of a book titled "Psychology of Sport Excellence", the first of the "International
Perspectives on Sport and Exercise Psychology" series from 1SSP. Dr. Hung is serving as the
President of the Society for Sport and Exercise Psychology of Taiwan (2008-2009). He is also a
Managing Council member for the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) as well as
the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR).

Athanasios Papaioannou is professor of sport psychology at the university of Thessaly, Greece.
He has a diploma in physical education and sport science from the Aristotle university of
Thessaloniki, Greece, an MPhil in the psychology of physical activity and a PhD in education
and psychology from the university of Manchester, UK. He has over 100 publications in the area
of motivation in physical activity. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Sport
and Exercise Psychology. Prof. Papaioannou was the Director of the 10th World Congress of
Sport Psychology and from 2005 until 2009 served as the treasurer of ISSP. He wants to
continue providing his service to ISSP as MC member at large.

Newton Santos Vianna Júnior is Master in Physical Education, Sport Psychology, from the
Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is a Professor at
“Faculdade da Cidade de Santa Luzia - FACSAL”, Brazil, teaching Sport Psychology and
Volleyball. He also teaches Mental Skills in Injuries' Recovery in Sports at UFMG’s
post-graduation courses in Orthopedic Physiotherapy, since 2002. His lines of research are:
Coaching, Development of Expertise in Sports and Stress. Newton will start his Ph. D., in
November 2008. He initiated a development project on Sport Psychology with national and
international athletes and coaches, in different sports (from assessment to intervention) and
works extensively to enhance the scientific services to Brazilian sports. He is a member of the
Scientific and Technical Committee of Minas Gerais State Volleyball Federation, together with
some members of the Brazilian Volleyball Junior Team, developing and giving courses to
develop Volleyball coaches, from beginning to high level and also representing Brazilian
Volleyball Federation in some international events. Newton is presenting a project to a Brazilian
University to initiate, in 2009, a post graduation course to educate coaches and professors in
Volleyball. Newton is a member of the Brazilian Society of Sport Psychology, ISSP and AASP.
He is a hard and dedicated worker and will make an excellent contribution to the ISSP.

Antoinette M. Minniti, Ph.D. is a Principal Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Psychology at
Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom). Her areas of research interest include
motivation, attributions, quality of life, and psychophysiology (affect and performance in the
heat). She consults with athletes who are supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
(a government-funded programme that is associated with higher and further education for the
development of Britain's future sporting stars), and also the Student Talented Athlete
Recognition Scheme (a similar programme that is based at the university). She is also
Programmes Manager for the BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Management degree, which
provides her with a balanced perspective with respect to sport performance in relation to
recreation and leisure management industries. Dr. Minniti is a Graduate Member of The British
Psychological Society and an International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association.
She has a range of cross-cultural knowledge and insights, as her previous roles have included
clinical work and mental health advocacy (in the United States), athletic-academic liaising
(U.S.-Europe), and a range of research and applied experience (Australia and the United
Kingdom). This knowledge and experience drive her work forward whilst she is highly
motivated to contribute to the ISSP mission and work with the members of the society to achieve
its aims.

Alexandre Garcia-Mas is professor of Sport Psychology at the University of the Balearic
Islands (Majorca, Spain) and the Head of the Mateo Orfila Biomedical Research Foundation,
(Majorca, Spain). He is co-director of post-graduate SP courses at the Diego Portales University
(Santiago, Chili) and at the Mexico State Autonomus University (Toluca, Mexico). Since 1992
he has been the Editor-in-chief of the “Revista de Psicología del Deporte”, the most important
worldwide SP Journal in Spanish language, and the only non-English published SP journal
indexed in the ISI-Thomson-Reuters. Recently, Garcia-Mas has joined the Directive Board of the
Iberoamerican Society of Sport Psychology where he is responsible for the relationships with
other SP International organizations. According to his international experience and professional
knowledge, Garcia-Mas submits his candidature to the ISSP-MC, having in mind three main
1. Enhancement of the relationships among the “Revista de Psicología del Deporte” and other SP
journals (ex: “International Journal of Sport & Exercise”; journals published in different
languages and regions) in order to promote the scientific knowledge in different parts of the
World. 2. To promote the contribution of ISSP in the most important academic Post Graduate
Sport Psychology courses in Spain, Center and South America. 3. To increase the relationships
among ISSP and several specific Sport Psychology associations and federations, such the South
American Sport Psychology Society (SOSUPE); the Iberoamerican Sport Psychology Society
(SIPD); the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology Association (FEPD); and similar
associations, namely from Mexico, Chili, Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba, through the organization
of ISSP satelyte meetings on specific issues.

Tatiana V. Ryba holds a PhD in Sport Studies with a double emphasis on Sport Psychology and
Cultural Studies from the University of Tennessee, USA. She is currently a Senior Lecturer of
Sport Psychology in the European Master’s Programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the
University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Dr. Ryba undertakes research in the intersecting areas of
cultural studies, sport psychology, identity, cultural history and qualitative research. Dr. Ryba’s
research has appeared in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of
Applied Sport Psychology, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and the
collections such as Contemporary Sport Psychology; Contemporary Youth Culture; and Cultural
Sport Psychology. She also has taught extensively on questions of sociocultural diversity and
research methodology in sport psychology. Dr. Ryba’s latest projects include the special issue
“Decolonizing Methodologies: Approaches to Sport and Exercise Psychology from the Margins”
(2009), guest edited with Dr. Schinke for the International Journal of Sport and Exercise
Psychology; and a forthcoming book with Fitness Information Technology, entitled The Cultural
Turn in Sport and Exercise Psychology (co-edited with Drs. Schinke and Tenenbaum). In
addition to her research and teaching contributions, Dr. Ryba is a member of the editorial board
of the Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and serves as Chair of the International
Relations Committee, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. For her innovative work in the
field, Dr. Ryba has recently received the Developing Scholar Award from the International
Society of Sport Psychology in 2009.

Thomas Schack is a full and permanent professor and the head of the Neurocognition and
Action Research Group at the department of Psychology and Sport science at Bielefeld
University (Germany). An important component in his research laboratories is the combination
of experimental methods from Sport psychology, Neuroscience, Neuroinformatics and Cognitive
Science to learn about the construction of human performance. As a consultant he works in
different fields like golf and wind surfing, and in Volleyball with the German Junior Women's
National Team (winner of the gold medal at the European championship in 2007).Thomas
Schack has published more than 200 works (books, journal-articles, conference papers) and has
presented his research at various international conferences in Asia, America, Australia and

Prof. Dr.Thomas Schack
Neurocognition and Action Research Group
Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
Bielefeld University

Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" CITEC
Excellence cluster 277 of the German Research Foundation
Bielefeld University

Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab)
Bielefeld University
33501 Bielefeld, Germany

Candidate for the Managing Council

My first participation in an event of the ISSP was in 1993, in the 8th. World Congress held in
Lisbon. Up to 1987 I was professor at the Federal University of Santa Maria and since 1988 I am
professor at the State University of Santa Catarina (both in Brazil). In Santa Maria I was
coordinator of the Human Performance Laboratory, professor of Sport Psychology and Motor
Development for graduate and undergraduate courses, and Dean of the Graduate College of the
University. Presently, in the State University of Santa Catarina, I am the coordinator of the
Motor Behavior Laboratory and professor of Sport Psychology. I also have participated as
visiting professor at Indiana University (EUA), Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and
Federal University of Amazon (Brazil).
As a researcher I have published scholarly papers and made presentations in United States, South
America, Europe and Africa. Since 1990 my main interest in research is related with Ecological
Psychology and its application in sport. In the 2nd. Congress of Complex Systems and Sport, and
XII European Workshop of Ecological Psychology, I presented a Seminar emphasizing
Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory. For the last issue of the International Journal of Sport
Psychology (Vol. 40, N. 1, 2009), that was dedicated to ecological approaches to cognition in
sport and exercise, I was invited to write about Bronfenbrenner’s theory and the process of
development of sports talent.
I am former president of the International Society of Child Studies and former president of the
Brazilian College of Motor Behavior. It would be an honor to represent the Portuguese speaking
countries in the Managing Council of the ISSP.

Hiroshi Sekiya, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Graduate School of Integrated Arts and
Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan. He received his Ph. D. from Louisiana State University,
U.S.A. on the topic of Motor Control and Learning. He is a managing council member of
Japanese Society of Sport Psychology (JSSP) and the Association of Sports Mental Training
Consultants in Japan. He is an executive board member of the Asian Council of Exercise and
Sports Science (ACESS) and served as a secretary general for the Asia-Pacific Conference on
Exercise and Sports Science (APCESS 2007). He is a section editor (psychology) for the
International Journal of Sport and Health Science. His research interests are the influence of
acute psychological stress on human movements and implicit/explicit learning of
perceptual-motor skills. He has provided mental training programs to professional and amateur
athletes of a variety of sports, such as soccer, tennis and badminton. He expresses the wish of the
Japanese Society of Sport Psychology to invite the 13th World Congress of Sport Psychology to

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