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
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
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
Body image, eating and exercise behaviors in athletes
Leadership of women and girls in sport
Teaching and learning in sport and exercise psychology
As a sport scientist, Dr. Dana 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 among female athletes. She has 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.
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 more than 25 academic honors and awards as a graduate student and young professional and was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University.
Voelker’s passion for the sport and exercise psychology field began at a young age as a competitive figure skater and captain of the Penn State women’s ice hockey club.
Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Foundation Award for Outstanding Teachers
NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Award
Association for Applied Sport Psychology Research Grant Award