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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: Summer hours by appointment.
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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

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

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

Research Interests

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

Biographical Sketch

  • 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.

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