Dr. Voelker’s passion for the sport and exercise psychology field began very young as a former competitive figure skater and past captain of the Penn State women’s ice hockey club. She conducts research aimed to promote healthy developmental outcomes among youth who participate in sport. She has specifically published in the areas of body image, eating and exercise behaviors among athletes as well as athlete leadership development. Her commitment to the scientist-practitioner model has led to her involvement in a body image enhancement program for athletes as well as five athlete leadership programs across three states that have been evaluated and informed through research. 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 (SUNY) before coming to WVU in Fall 2014. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a First Place SUNY Tools of Engagement Project Award given to those who demonstrated the most pedagogically intriguing use of online tools in an educational setting. She received 10 honors and awards as a graduate student and was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University. Staying physically active, she loves to hike, ski, and mountain bike.
- 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
- Body image, eating, and exercise behaviors of athletes
- Athlete leadership development
- Positive youth development through sport