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DANA K. VOELKER, PH.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: dkvoelker@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-0871
Office Location: PAS-E 207
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30-11 a.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. - Noon or by appointment
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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. 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 in female athletes. She has also published in the area of athlete leadership development, which led to her involvement in five athlete leadership programs across three states. She has most recently become involved in the development and evaluation of pedagogical innovations that advance teaching and learning in sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Voelker was an Assistant Professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York for two years before coming to WVU in the fall of 2014. She has been the recipient of over 25 academic honors and awards as a graduate student and young professional and was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University.

Certifications

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2013-Present

Committees and Memberships

  • Member, West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Kinesiology with specialization in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport & Physical Activity, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Counseling, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Psychology with minor in Movement Science, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Highlights

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • 2018 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teachers Recipient
  • 2018 Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award Recipient, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Award Recipient
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology Research Grant Award Recipient

Research Interests

  • Body image, eating, and exercise behaviors in youth athletes and excercisers
  • Leadership of women and girls in sport 
  • Teaching and learning innovations in sport, exercise, and performance psychology

Awards

  • Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teachers
  • NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Award 
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology Research Grant Award