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Author Bios

Alexander Bianco, MS

 

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Mr. Bianco is a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, specializing in sport psychology and motor behavior. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in kinesiology from Miami University. His research focus is on the psychosocial components of athletic injury. He has made regional and national presentations and has two refereed published journal articles.

Taylor Casey, MA

 

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Ms. Casey is an educational psychology doctoral student at the University of North Texas, specializing in the psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise. She earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Texas Christian University and a master's degree in counseling from the University of Missouri. Her research emphasis is related to the influence of quiet eye, an attentional focus technique, on performance self-efficacy, self-regulated learning, and mindfulness. Taylor teaches undergraduate sport and exercise psychology courses and coordinates graduate professional development at the University of North Texas. She also provides sport psychology consulting to a diverse population of performers.

Richard Hubler, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

 

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Dr. Hubler completed his DPT from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Rutgers University in 2011 and his fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy from Regis University in 2015. He is currently an instructor in the DPT program at Seton Hall University and teaches in the areas of therapeutic interventions, musculoskeletal physical therapy, and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Hubler is also pursuing a PhD in higher education leadership from Seton Hall University. In addition, he is a Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist at Kessler Rehabilitation Center and serves as faculty in the Select Medical Orthopaedic Residency Program. His research interests include orthopaedic physical therapy, adult learning, and clinical reasoning

Scott Martin, PhD, FACSM, FAASP

 

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Dr. Martin is a Professor at the University of North Texas. His primary research focus involves examining the association between psychosocial factors and health-related fitness. In addition, he has investigated attitudes toward sport psychology, the effectiveness of mental training skills and techniques, and the influence of coaching efficacy on leadership effectiveness and performance success. Dr. Martin has directed or co-directed state and nationally funded research projects and helped establish university centers and educational programs. He has authored over 100 research and professional practice articles and book chapters. He teaches sport and exercise psychology and measurement courses and mentors professional development activities.

Mike McGuigan, PhD, CSCS

 

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Dr. McGuidan is a Professor of Strength and Conditioning at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Prior to this, he has held a variety of academic roles in Universities in Australia and the United States. Dr. McGuigan is currently a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Associate Editor for the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. He was also previously employed as a Sports Scientist with High Performance Sport New Zealand, where he worked with many of New Zealand's elite athletes. Dr. McGuigan has consulted across a range of sports in the areas of athlete monitoring and strength and power development, in addition to writing two books.

Jerry-Thomas Monaco, PT, DPT, OCS

 

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Dr. Monaco is a former division 1 cross-country and indoor/outdoor track and field athlete who graduated from Quinnipiac University with an undergraduate degree in Health Science and a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2005. Dr. Monaco went on to complete an orthopedic residency at New York University in 2011 and became a board-certified specialist soon after. He also completed his tDPT in 2017 at Arcadia University. Dr. Monaco has used his experience as a competitive runner to develop running rehabilitation programs and instructs other physical therapists in performing runner-specific assessments and interventions. Dr. Monaco is currently pursuing a PhD in Sport and Human Performance from Rocky Mountain University. He is also a Professor of Physical Therapy at Seton Hall University where he teaches therapeutic interventions and clinical assessments. His research interests include sports science, specifically running and surfing, teaching methods in orthopaedic physical therapy, clinical preparation, and mentoring in health care.

Rebecca Zakrajsek, PhD, CMPC

 

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Dr. Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor of Sport Psychology at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Her research focuses on perceptions of mental performance services and use of mental training. Dr. Zakrajsek is interested in effective mental performance consulting approaches that enhance learning for optimal performance. She has authored numerous articles related to sport psychology and coaching. She teaches sport psychology courses, mentors students' research, and directs professional practice activities.

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