Biographical Sketch

As a sport scientist, Dr. Voelker is committed to sharing practical, evidence-based knowledge that enhances the performance and psychosocial well-being of athletes and exercisers. Her primary research area is focused on body image and the promotion of a healthy relationship with food and exercise, predominantly among youth, adolescent, and college-aged sport and exercise participants. Dr. Voelker is the recipient of a 2016 NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice grant award to support a multi-site evaluation of Bodies in Motion, an evidence-based program to promote healthy body image and eating behaviors among female collegiate athletes. Historically, Dr. Voelker has also published in the area of athlete leadership development, which led to her involvement in five athlete leadership programs across three states.

Dr. Voelker earned her B.A. in psychology with highest distinction from Penn State University. Her M.A. in counseling and Ph.D. in kinesiology were awarded from Michigan State University where she specialized in the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity. She spent two years as an Assistant Professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York before coming to WVU in Fall 2014. She has been the recipient of 21 academic honors and awards as a graduate student and young professional and was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University. Dr. Voelker’s passion for the sport and exercise psychology field began very young as a competitive figure skater and captain of the Penn State women’s ice hockey club.

Professional Highlights

  • Studies body image, eating, and exercise behaviors in athletes
  • Teaches sport and exercise psychology and research methods
  • Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Research Interests

  • Body image, eating, and exercise behaviors in sport and exercise 
  • Women and girls' leadership in sport