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Division of Kinesiology and Health|College of Health Sciences

Tucker Readdy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Exercise and Sport Psychology

 

BACKGROUND

Tucker joined the University of Wyoming in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State University in 2009.  While there, he taught a variety of courses in both the Nutrition & Exercise Department and the Women Studies Department, including Lifetime Fitness for Health, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Sociocultural Dynamics of Physical Activity, Analysis of Critical Issues in Sport and Exercise Science, and Women in Sport.  In 2007, the breadth and quality of his teaching was recognized when he was honored as the Herbert Frolander Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, the single highest recognition that can be given to a graduate teaching assistant at OSU.  Tucker teaches similar courses at UW while also serving as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Gender and Women Studies Program.

Under the guidance of Dr. Vicki Ebbeck and Dr. Brad Cardinal, Tucker also completed a handful of research studies, including investigating the relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms and exercise as well as the relationship between muscle dysmorphia symptoms, gender role stress, and various sociocultural influences.  His doctoral dissertation, "Weighing in on NBC's The Biggest Loser: Self-concept, Surveillance Medicine, and Feminism on the Scale," was a unique blend of his interests in self-perceptions, mental health, and the representation of athletes and exercisers in popular culture.

In addition to spending time in the classroom and conducting research, Tucker has provided sport psychology consulting services to a number of individuals and sport teams at UW, including golf, football, tennis, and men’s basketball.  

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science (emphasis in Exercise and Sport Psychology), Oregon State University (2009)
  • M.A., Physical Education (emphasis in Sport Psychology), San Diego State University (2004)
  • B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley (2000)

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Tucker's research throughout the past 9 years has been relatively diverse, delving into areas including self-perceptions, the relationship between exercise and mental health, and the representation of athletes and exercisers in popular culture. Currently, Tucker is developing a line of research centered on coach and athlete motivation within the collegiate sport context, including how coach-athlete interactions can optimize player performance through enhancing their autonomy, competency, and relatedness to others.  He is particularly interested in phenomenological interpretations of people's experiences, and uses a variety of theoretical backgrounds and research methodologies in his efforts to understand the complex nature of the college sport world.  Other potential research themes include self-concept and identity in the transition into and out of collegiate sport, as well as the psychological and sociological effects of the increasing professionalization of youth and collegiate sport.  Tucker's work will be conducted through the recently named Endeavor for Optimal Wellness and Performance (located in the John Corbett Building at UW), which integrates efforts in research, education, and consulting for individuals and organizations seeking to achieve enjoyment, fulfillment, and success in the physical domain.

 

TEACHING

  • KIN 1040 Contemporary Topics in North American Sport
  • KIN 3037/5537 Sport Psychology
  • KIN 3038/5538 Exercise Psychology
  • KIN 5035 Sport Sociology
  • KIN 5085 Research Methods

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Tucker has been a continuous member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) since 2004, and was elected to serve as the Student Representative (along with Dr. Todd Gilson) for the AASP Executive Board in 2007-2008. He has also been a continuous member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) since 2007 and a non-continuous member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) since 2006.

 

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

Readdy, T., & Wallhead, T.  Anti-fat bias of pre-service physical education teachers.  Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 5/11-8/12 ( $7,480)

Readdy, T.  Student-athletes’ perceptions of an extrinsic reward program: An exploration of self-determination theory in the context of college football. University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Research Committee, 4/11-5/12 ($7,471)

John Erkkila, M.D. Endowment for Human Performance Research Grant Recipient, 2007 ($13,000)  

John Erkkila, M.D. Endowment for Human Performance Research Grant Recipient, 2005 ($12,963)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Readdy, T., Raabe, J., & Harding, J. (in press). Student-athlete perceptions of an extrinsic reward system: An exploration of self-determination theory in the context of college football. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Woekel, E., Ebbeck, V., Concepcion, R.Y., Readdy, T., Li, K.-K., & Cardinal, B.J. (in press). Physical activity, nutrition, and self-perception changes related to a university “Lifetime Fitness for Health” curriculum. The Physical Educator.

Readdy, T., & Ebbeck, V. (2013). Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms and their correlates in community-based exercisers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 316-322.

Readdy, T. & Ebbeck, V. (2012). Weighing in on NBC’s Biggest Loser: Governmentality an self-concept on the scale. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83, 579-586.

Li, K.-K., Concepcion, R. Y., Lee, H., Cardinal, B. J., Ebbeck, V., Woekel, E., & Readdy, R. T. (2012). An examination of gender differences in relation to the eating habits and nutrient intakes of university students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44, 246-250.

Readdy, R.T., Watkins, P.L., & Cardinal, B.J. (2011). Muscle dysmorphia, gender role stress, and floricultural influences: An exploratory study. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Levy, S.S., & Readdy, R.T. (2009). Reliability of the international physical activity questionnaire in research settings: Past 7-day self-administered long form. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 13, 191-205.

 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Readdy, T., & Raabe, J. (2013). Student-athletes’ perceptions of an extrinsic reward program: An exploration of self-determination theory in the context of college football. Poster presentation at the 27th annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, New Orleans, LA, October 2-5, 2013.

Kirby, S., Byra, M., Readdy, T., & Wallhead, T. (2013). Practice and inclusion styles of teaching: Self-determined motivation and needs satisfaction. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Congress – Physical Education and Sport: Challenging the Future, Warsaw, Poland, June 2013.

Kirby, S., Byra, M., Wallhead, T., & Readdy, T. (2013). Students’ perceptions of the practice and inclusion styles of teaching. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Congress – Physical Education and Sport: Challenging the Future, Warsaw, Poland, June 2013.

Readdy, T. & Raabe, J. (2012). Exploring effective coaching: The use of autonomy-support in college football.  Poster presentation at the 26th annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Atlanta, GA, October 3-6, 2012.

Readdy, T. & Wallhead, T. (2011). Applying the coach-athlete relationship model: College football coaches’ interpretation and utilization of a self-determination theory workshop. Oral presentation at the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 20-24, 2011.

Bryant, C., Readdy, T., Putnam, D., Pinkerton, P., & Schary, D. (2011, March). Growth culture: How to successfully build an athlete’s motivation.  Panel presentation at the 2011 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, San Diego, California, March 30 - April 2, 2011.

Readdy, T., & Ebbeck, V. (2010). Weighing in on NBC’s Biggest Loser: Surveillance Medicine, self-concept, and gender on the scale. Oral presentation at the 25th annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Providence, Rhode Island, October 27-23, 2010.

Readdy, R.T., Woekel, E.D., Lee, H., Li, K.-K., Conception, R., Ebbeck, V., & Cardinal, B.J. (2009) Awareness and behavior change: A qualitative inquiry into the short-term and long-term benefits of a lifetime fitness curricula. Poster presented at the 24th annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Salt Lake Cit, Utah, September 15-18, 2009.

Readdy, R.T., Ebbeck, V., & Rushing, C. (2009). Making easy adjustments: Giving voice to community-based exercisers with elevated obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms. Poster presented at the 24th annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 15-18, 2009.

Readdy, R.T., Ebbeck, V., & Rushing, C. (2008). Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms and their correlates in community-based exercisers. Poster presented at the 23rd annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, St. Louis, Missouri, September 24-27, 2008.

Li, K.K. & Readdy, R.T. (2007). Longitudinal analysis of state-level influences on United States' obesity rates. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Baltimore, Maryland, March 13-17, 2007.

Readdy, R.T., Cardinal, B.J., & Watkins, P.L. (2006). Muscle dysmporphia, gender role stress, and sociocultural influences: An exploratory study. Poster presentation at the 21st annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Miami, Florida, September 27-30, 2006.

Marshall, S.J. & Readdy, R.T. (2005) The development of an electronic diary to collect in-situ data about sedentary behavior and eating. Poster presented at the fourth annual conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 16-18, 2005.

Readdy, R.T. & Levy, S.S. (2004).  Possible selves and exercise behavior.  Poster presentation at the 19th annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 29-October 2, 2004.

Levy, S.S. & Readdy, R.T. (2004). Reliability of the International Physical Activity  Questionnaire: Past 7-day self-administered long version designed for research  settings. Paper presented at the 2004 American Alliance of Health, Physical  Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention, New Orleans, LA.

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