Erika Van Dyke is a first year doctoral student in Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP) at West Virginia University. Originally from Northern California, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor in Exercise Biology at the University of California, Davis. During her time at UC Davis, she competed as an NCAA Division I gymnast, earning the conference title on the balance beam in 2010. After graduating, she moved to Springfield, MA to complete her Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Athletic Counseling at Springfield College. There, she served as a graduate fellow teaching physical education skills courses to undergraduate students, and as an assistant coach for the Springfield College women’s gymnastics team. For her master’s thesis, Erika studied self-talk and competitive balance beam performance among collegiate gymnasts, receiving the 2016 APA Division 47 Master’s Thesis Award for her research efforts. Erika has co-authored two book chapters, one regarding supervision for applied sport psychology consultants in training, and another focused on sport and exercise in health psychology. She has presented at both national and international sport psychology conferences. During her time at WVU, Erika looks forward to collaborating with the exceptional team of faculty and peer colleagues in the SEP program to extend her academic and research interests, perhaps by exploring the areas of physical activity promotion, self-talk, and mindfulness.
Apart from academic pursuits, Erika greatly enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She has a passion for movement and the outdoors, and relishes days spent hiking, soaking in the sights and sounds of waterfalls, taking photos, and practicing yoga.
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