Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ryan Flett received his B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999, and M.S. from the University of Florida in 2001 with an emphasis on motor behavior. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2010 with an emphasis on sport psychology and youth development as well as cognates in statistics and counseling. Before beginning his doctorate in 2006, Flett worked as a Mental Training Consultant and Sport Science Service Coordinator with the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and Canada Sport Centre (Saskatchewan) for 5 years. Ryan is a Level 3 (NCCP) certified coach and has coached football for 10 years.

Flett’s research interests include: positive youth development in under-served sport settings such as Detroit; the role of character development in competitive sport; and the role of emotion in optimal performance and in life skills development. At MSU, Flett also helped to lead a series of studies that designed and evaluated a nature-based physical activity program for rural youth. His research has included both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He is a member of SCAPPS, AASP, and AAHPERD. In his spare time, Flett plays guitar, tennis, and flag football.

Professional Highlights

  • Reviewed research manuscript submissions for eight different journals over the past 4 years
  • Actively engaged in qualitative and quantitative research in coaching education, bullying reduction through positive youth development (PYD), and PYD through peer- and adult-mentorship.
  • Currently engaged in my third externally funded program evaluation / assessment. The current evaluation is funded by Youth Enrichment Services in Pittsburgh, PA, in conjunction with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The evaluation focuses on youth mentorship and (juvenile justice) diversion programs.
  • Helped to develop, deliver, and evaluate programs for coaches and athletes in Michigan (under-served youth and coaches affiliated with Think Detroit, and the MSU-MHSAA Captain’s Clinics)
  • 10 years of coaching experience (Football) as an offensive positive coach and coordinator

Research Interests

  • Research focus in positive youth development, bullying, under-served youth development and coaching