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Lindsay Kipp defends dissertation; next stop, University of Kentucky

Lindsay Kipp.jpgLindsay Kipp successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on June 20 and is headed to the University of Kentucky as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Lindsay was advised by Dr. Maureen Weiss and doctoral committee members included Drs. Beth Lewis, Lisa Kihl, and Ann Masten (ICD).

Lindsay's dissertation is titled, "Social Influences and Psychological and Physical Well-Being Among Female Adolescent Gymnasts." In Study 1, three key findings emerged: (1) perceptions of greater coach autonomy-support and mastery climate were related to greater coach relatedness and, in turn, positive affect; (2) greater friendship quality was associated with higher perceived competence and teammate relatedness and, in turn, all three well-being indices; and, (3) physical maturity was related to well-being—post-pubertal girls reported lower perceived competence, self-esteem, and positive affect, and greater disordered eating. Study 2 tested longitudinal relationships with a subset of girls 6 to 8 months later. Coach autonomy-support, mastery climate, and performance climate positively predicted girls' perceived competence, which in turn predicted higher self-esteem and lower disordered eating. Results provide evidence for coaches as an important source of influence over time and perceived competence as a mediator of the relationship between social influence and well-being.

Lindsay is very excited about continuing her academic career at the University of Kentucky. While the university is well-known for their championship men's basketball team in 2012, it bears many similarities to the University of Minnesota. It is the only comprehensive, land grant institution in the state, the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion is situated within the College of Education, the department boasts a productive and thriving group of faculty members in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences, and the department offers a variety of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Lindsay's appointment includes teaching, research, and service; her main instructional duties include sport and exercise psychology, history and philosophy of sport, and introduction to tests and measurements—courses she had an opportunity to teach during her doctoral tenure at the University of Minnesota and which will no doubt help her hit the ground running.

We wish Lindsay all the best in her future as a scholar and instructor. Her passion, intellectual curiosity, and work ethic will be sorely missed here at the U but these attributes will certainly bode well for her future success in the field. Congratulations Lindsay!

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