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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 among 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 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 over 25 academic honors and awards as a graduate student and young professional and was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University. Her passion for the sport and exercise psychology field began very young as a competitive figure skater and captain of the Penn State women’s ice hockey club.

Certifications

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2013-Present
  • National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, 2012-13

Committees and Memberships

  • Member, West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology Speaker’s Bureau
  • 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.(with Highest Distinction), Psychology with minor in Movement Science, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Highlights

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

Awards

  • Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award Recipient
  • WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teachers Recipient
  • 2018 Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Recipient