Dr. Gordon Bloom is an Associate Professor and director of the Sport Psychology Research Laboratory. He earned his PhD degree from The University of Ottawa in Sport Psychology and has been working in the field for over 20 years. Dr. Bloom has developed an internationally-recognized coaching research program that examines the knowledge, leadership, and mentoring skills and behaviours that are employed by coaches to help create a positive environment for excellence and participation in sport. He has presented his research internationally in countries such as Japan, Finland, New Zealand, USA, South Africa and Singapore. Another stream of research looks at how various psychosocial rehabilitation strategies can be applied to concussion rehabilitation. Both streams of research are designed to promote long-term engagement in physical activity and improved health outcomes through sport participation. Funding for his research has come from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Fonds de la recherche en sante du Quebec (FRSQ), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Bloom is a member of the managing council of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. In his professional practice, Dr. Bloom has consulted with amateur, professional, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes and taught them how to use mental skills to accelerate their level of performance in sport and life. When he’s not engaged in one of his professional duties, Dr. Bloom can be found coaching his children on their community sports teams.
Brasilia, DF, Brazil
BA in Psychology, University of Brasilia (2006); Teaching Degree in Psychology, University of Brasilia (2007); MA in Sport Psychology, McGill University (2010).
PhD (2012 - present), McGill University
Recipient of the 2012 Bloomberg-Manulife Doctoral Fellowship that is awarded to Ph.D. students in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education whose research will impact the areas of physical activity, health, and well-being.
The research for my doctoral degree focuses on teaching coaches how to promote psychosocial development through sport. This will be accomplished by investigating a recently developed yet understudied coaching strategy called Athlete-Centered Approach (ACA). The ACA uses problem solving strategies to empower athletes to make choices inside and outside of sports (Kidman, 2001; de Souza & Oslin, 2008). To properly implement ACA, coaches must use a humanistic philosophy to guide their attitudes and behaviours (Lyle, 2010; Lombardo, 1987; Shaffer, 1978). This philosophy was described as responsive to change, developing freedom for athletes, setting clear goals, gradually relinquishing control, providing problem-solving opportunities, and individualizing the coaching process (Lombardo, 1987). The goal of both the ACA and the humanistic coaching philosophy is the holistic development of athletes – that is, both the person and the athlete (Kidman, 2001; Lombardo, 1987; Lyle, 2010; Mallett & Rynne, 2010). It is widely accepted that positive approaches to coaching, such as ACA and humanistic philosophy, are the best ways of promoting psychosocial outcomes (cf. Smith & Smoll, 1990; Smith, Smoll, & Curtis, 1979) and recent studies suggest that they can also influence long-term maintenance of healthy lifestyles (Petitpas, Cornelius, Van Raalte, & Jones, 2005; Weiss, 2008). However, the use of ACA and humanistic philosophy are still rudimentary in coaching science (Cassidy, 2010). Thus, my PhD research goals are to implement ACA to youth sport coaching and to develop a theoretically and conceptually sound coach training protocol that should ultimately foster psychosocial development, health, and well-being.
I am an international student from Brazil who first came to McGill during the fall of 2005 as an undergraduate exchange student. At the time, I volunteered in Dr. Bloom’s sport psychology laboratory. That experience motivated me to return to Canada for my graduate studies. Given my experiences growing up in a developing country, I became a strong advocate for the use of sport as a way to promote psychosocial development in young athletes. At McGill I pursued this passion during my Master’s degree and I’m continuing it with my Ph.D. When not working on my doctoral degree, I am the sport psychology consultant for the McGill men’s soccer team, a part-time teacher at a local college, and a college women’s basketball coach.
Falcao, W.R., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2015). Coaches’ perceptions of team cohesion in Paralympic sports. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 32 (3), 206-222.
Sullivan, P., Whitaker-Campbell, T., Bloom, G.A., & Falcão, W. R. (2014). A confirmatory factor analysis of the Coach Behavior Scale for Sport. Journal of Sport Behavior, 37 (2), 190-202.
Bloom, G.A., Falcão, W. R., & Caron, J. G. (2014). Coaching high performance athletes: Implications for coach training. In A.R. Gomes, R. Resende, & A. Albuquerque (Eds.), Positive human functioning from a multidimensional perspective: Volume 3, Promoting high performance, (pp. 107-132). New York: Nova Science.
Fachina, R. J. F. G., Silva, A. C., Falcão, W. R., Montagner, P. C., Borin, J. P., Minozzo, F. C., Falcão, D. M., Vancini, R. L., Poston, B., & Lira, C. A. B. (2013). The influence of whole-body vibration on creatine kinase activity and jumping performance in basketball players. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84, 503–511.
Falcão, W. R., Bloom, G. A., & Gilbert, W. D. (2012). Coaches’ Perceptions of a coach training program designed to promote youth developmental outcomes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, 429–444.
Banack, H. R., Bloom, G. A., & Falcão, W. R. (2012). Promoting long term athlete development in Cross Country Skiing through competency-based coach education: A qualitative study. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 7, 301–316.
Douglas, S., Falcão, W.R., & Bloom, G.A. (near completion). Career development and learning pathways of Paralympic coaches with a disability.
Nasti, B, Falcão, W.R., Gilbert, W.D., & Bloom, G.A. (near completion). A mixed methods approach to studying the autonomy-supportive behaviors of an elite basketball coach.
North Branford, Connecticut, USA
BA in Psychology from Providence College
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University
Knowledge of Elite Coaches During Intermissions
My interest in sport psychology stems from my love and participation in sport, beginning in childhood and including competition at the collegiate level. I am particularly interested in the coach-athlete relationship within team sports. I am fortunate to have grown up in a sports-oriented environment that has allowed me to see the perspectives of both the athlete and coach. I hope that my research can be used to help coaches better understand their athletes to help them reach their full potential.
B.Ed., Teaching French as a Second Language, McGill University
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University
Psychosocial Aspects of Post Concussion Recovery and Rehabilitation
My experiences as a varsity volleyball player with the McGill Martlets as well as my time with the Canadian national volleyball program have allowed me to personally utilize and understand the practices of sport psychology. Specifically, I learned the importance of hard work and social support following a severe knee injury. In fact, without my coaches’ constant support, I would not have returned to the sport of volleyball following my injury. Hence, my past experiences have inspired me to explore the coach-athlete relationship following a severe injury. My goal is to help create guidelines that can be used by coaches in the provision of social support for their injured athletes to facilitate their return to play.
BA Psychology, Brock University
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University
Coaching Para-sport Athletes
My interest in sport began at an early age with my involvement in skating and dancing. I continued to participate in each sport competitively throughout my life. My love of figure skating led me to become a coach and choreographer in this sport. As a result of my sport and coaching experiences, as well as exposure to athletes with a disability, I will be researching the knowledge and behaviours of Para-sport coaches. I hope that my research results will help expand the literature on coaching athletes with a physical disability.
BSc. Psychology, Acadia University
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University
Coaching and Leadership
My interest in sport psychology developed from my experiences as a high performance athlete in Major Junior and Canadian University ice hockey. Throughout my playing career I learned how sport psychology can influence and improve performance. I also had the opportunity to learn from some gifted hockey coaches, such as the late Mark Reeds, my former coach and mentor, about the impact of coaching and leadership on team performance. My goal is to build on my athletic experiences and contribute to research on coaching and leadership.
Former Graduate Students/
Chantal Vallée, 2002
Vallée, C.N., & Bloom, G.A., (2005). Building a successful university sport program: Key and common elements of expert coaches. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 17 (3), 179-196.
Head Coach, University of Windsor CIS basketball team
Julie Vanier, 2002
Vanier, J.L., & Bloom, G.A., (2005). Personal experiences, rules, procedures, and aspects of aggression in competitive women's ice hockey. Avante, 11 (2), 66-82.
Bloom, G.A., & Vanier, J.L., (2004). Coaches' perceptions of aggression in elite women's ice hockey. In D.J. Pearsall & A. B. Ashare (Eds.), Safety in Ice Hockey, Fourth Volume, ASTM STP 1446, pp. 12-25. West Conshohocken, PA: American Society for Testing and Materials International.
Research Project Manager, ELGAN Study, Boston Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Neurology.
Amanda Horton , 2002
Bloom, G.A., Horton, A.S., McCrory, P., & Johnston, K.M. (2004). Sport psychology and concussion: New impacts to explore. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 (5), 519-521.
Physical Education Instructor at Vanier College CEGEP, Montreal.
Tracey Heller, 2003
Heller, T. L., Bloom, G. A., Neil, G. I., & Salmela, J. H. (2005). Sources of stress in NCAA Division I women ice hockey players. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 7, http:www.athleticinsight.com/Vol7Iss4/SourcesofStress.htm
Ph. D., Counseling Psychology, speciaizing in Sports Psychology, Florida State University. Currently practicing in California.
Tammy Wickwire, 2003
Wickwire, T.L., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2004). The environment, structure, and interaction process of elite same-sex dyadic sport teams. The Sport Psychologist, 18 (4), 381-396.
Bloom, G.A., Stevens, D.E., & Wickwire, T.L. (2003). Expert coaches' perceptions of team building. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 15 (2), 129-143.
Psychology Instructor at Mount Royal College, Calgary.
Martin Dupuis, 2004
Dupuis, M., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2006). Team captains' perceptions of athlete leadership. Journal of Sport Behavior, 29 (1), 60-78.
Research Associate, Université de Montreal
Kim Shapcott, 2004
Shapcott, K.M., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2007). Factors influencing aggressive and assertive intentions of women ice hockey players. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 38 (2), 145-162.
PhD, University of Western Ontario. Sport Psychology Consultant.
Kerry Cregan, 2005
Cregan, K., Bloom, G.A., & Reid, G. (2007). Career evolution and knowledge of elite coaches of swimmers with a physical disability. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 78 (4), 339-350.
Erin Shapcott, 2005
Shapcott, E. J. B., Bloom, G. A., Johnston, K. M.,
Loughead, T. M., & Delaney, J. S. (2007). The effects of
explanatory style on concussed athletes. NeuroRehabilitation, 22 (3), 161-167.
Bloom, G.A., Loughead, T.M., Shapcott, E.J.B., Johnston, K.M., & Delaney, J.S. (2008). The prevalence and recovery of concussed male and female collegiate athletes. European Journal of Sport Science, 8 (5), 295-303.
Julie Newin, 2006
Newin, J., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2008). Youth ice hockey coaches perceptions of a team building intervention program. The Sport Psychologist, 22 (1), 54-72
Bloom, G.A., Loughead, T.M., & Newin, J. (2008). Team building for youth sport. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 79 (9), 44-47.
Elementary School Physical Education Teacher.
Julie Senécal, 2006
Senécal, J., Loughead, T.M., & Bloom, G.A. (2008). A season-long team building intervention program: Examining the effect of team goal setting on cohesion. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 30 (2), 186-199.
Lecturer at Université Sherbrooke & Sport Psychology Consultant.
Adam Carter, 2007
Carter, A. D., & Bloom, G.A. (2009). Coaching knowledge and success: Going beyond athletic experiences. Journal of Sport Behavior, 32 (4), 419-437.
Laurie Wilson, 2008
Wilson, L.M, Bloom, G.A., & Harvey, W.J. (2010). Sources of knowledge acquisition: Perspectives of the high school teacher/coach. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 15 (4), 383-399.
High School Physical and Health Education Teacher.
Catherine Duchesne, 2008
Duchesne, C., Bloom, G.A., & Sabiston, C.M. (2011). Intercollegiate coaches’ experiences with elite international athletes in an American sport context. International Journal of Coaching Science, 5 (2), 49-68.
Ph.D. Candidate, Psychologie, option Neuropsychologie et Sciences Cognitive, Université de Montréal.
Kristina Hassell, 2008
Hassell, K., Sabiston, C.M, & Bloom, G.A. (2010). Exploring the multiple dimensions of social support among elite female adolescent swimmers. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 41 (4), 340-359.
Hailey Banack, 2009
Banack, H.R., Sabiston, C.M., & Bloom, G.A. (2011). Coach autonomy support, basic need satisfaction, and intrinsic motivation of Paralympic athletes. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82 (4), 722-730.
Banack, H.R., Bloom, G.A., & Falcao,W.R. (2012). Promoting long term athlete development in Cross Country Skiing through competency-based coach education: A qualitative study. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7 (2), 301-316.
PhD Candidate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University.
Jon Stein, 2009
Stein, J., Bloom, G.A., & Sabiston, C.M. (2012). Influence of perceived and preferred coach feedback on youth athletes’ perceptions of team motivational climate. Psychologyof Sport and Exercise, 13 (4), 484-490.
Elementary School Physical & Health Education Teacher.
Joe Bucci, 2010
Bucci, J., Bloom, G.A., Loughead, T.M., & Caron, J.G. (2012). Ice hockey coaches’ perceptions of athlete leadership. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24 (3), 243-259.
Assistant Coach, Val D’Or Foreurs, QMJHL
Holly Tawse, 2011
Tawse H., Bloom, G.A., Sabiston, C.M., & Reid, G. (2012). The role of coaches of wheelchair rugby in the development of athletes with a spinal cord injury. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 4 (2), 206-225.
Program Coordinator at BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Marc Cormier, 2011
Cormier, M.L., Bloom, G.A., & Harvey, W.J. (2015). Elite coach perceptions of cohesion on coacting teams. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 10 (6), 1039-1053.
Faculty member at University of Kentucky.
Scotty Rathwell, 2012
Rathwell, S., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2014). Head coaches’ perceptions on the roles, selection, and development of the assistant coach. International Sport Coaching Journal, 1, 5-16.
Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Psychology, University of Ottawa.
Gillian Ferrari, 2014
Ferrari, G., Bloom, G.A., Gilbert, W.D., & Caron, J.G. (in press). Experiences of competitive masters swimmers: Desired coaching characteristics and perceived benefits. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Leadership management consultant
C. A. Sinotte, 2014
Sinotte, C.A., Bloom, G.A., &
Caron, J.G. (2015). Roles, responsibilities, and
relationships of full-time university assistant coaches.
Sports Coaching Review, 4 (2), 99-114.
RSEQ: University Sports Coordinator. TVA Sports: Football analyst and colour commentator.
Katherine Fairhurst, 2015
Fairhurst, K.E., Bloom, G.A., & Harvey, W.J. (under review). The learning and mentoring experiences of Paralympic coaches.
Koh, K.T., Bloom, G.A., Fairhurst, K. E., Paiement, D. M., & Kee, Y. H. (2014). An investigation of a formalized mentoring program for novice basketball coaches. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45 (1), 11-32.
Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Psychology, West Virginia University
Charline Labonté, 2015
Hockey instructor and coach.
Jeemin Kim, 2015
Kim, J., Bloom, G.A., &
Bennie, A. (2016). Intercollegiate coaches’
experiences and strategies for coaching first-year
athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport,
Exercise and Health, 8 (4), 394-408.
Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Jeff Caron, MA 2012, PhD 2016
M.A. thesis title:
The effects of career ending concussions on retired National Hockey League players.
Ph.D. dissertation title:
The development and implementation of a concussion education program for high school student-athletes
Caron, J. G., Bloom, G. A., Loughead, T. M., & Hoffman,
M. (in press). Paralympic athlete leaders’ perceptions of
leadership and cohesion. Journal of Sport Behavior.
Ferrari, G., Bloom, G. A., Gilbert, W. D., & Caron,
J. G. (in press). Experiences of elite masters swimmers:
Desired coaching characteristics and perceived
behaviors. International Journal of Sport and
Exercise Psychology. doi:
Sinotte, C.A., Bloom, G.A., & Caron, J.G. (2015).
Roles, responsibilities, and relationships of full-time
university assistant coaches. Sports Coaching
Review, 4 (2), 99-114.
Caron, J. G., Bloom, G. A., & Bennie, A. (2015).
Canadian high school coaches’ experiences, insights, and
perceived roles with sport-related concussions.
International Sport Coaching Journal, 2, 285–297.
Caron, J. G., Bloom, G. A., Falcão, W. R., & Sweet,
S. N. (2015). An examination of concussion education
programmes: A scoping review methodology. Injury
Prevention, 21, 301–308. doi:
Caron, J. G., & Bloom, G. A. (2015). Ethical issues
surrounding concussions and player safety in
professional ice hockey. Neuroethics, 8, 5–13.
Bloom, G. A., Falcao, W. R., & Caron, J. G. (2014).
Coaching high performance athletes: Implications for
coach training. In A. R. Gomes, R. Resende, & A.
Albuquerque (Eds.), Positive human functioning from
a multidimensional perspective: Promoting high
performance, (Vol. 3, pp. 107-132). New York: Nova
Caron, J. G., Bloom, G. A., Johnston, K. M., &
Sabiston, C. M. (2013). Effects of multiple concussions
on retired National Hockey League players. Journal
of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35, 168–179.
Bucci, J., Bloom, G. A., Loughead, T. M., & Caron, J.
G. (2012). Ice hockey coaches’ perceptions of athlete
leadership. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology,
24, 243–259. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2011.636416
Caron, J.G., Rathwell, S., Delaney, J.S., Johnston,
K.M., Ptito, A., & Bloom, G.A. (under review).
Development, implementation, and assessment of a
concussion education program for high school
Morales, D.D., Bloom, G.A., & Caron, J.G. (under
review). Creating and sustaining a culture of
excellence: Insights from accomplished university
Caron, J.G., Bloom, G.A., & Podlog, L. (under
review). How sport psychology professionals can
positively impact athletes’ recovery and return to sport
following a concussion.
Caron, J.G., Bloom, G.A., Balish, S.M., & Harvey,
W.J. (under review). Adolescent athletes’ insights on
Postdoctoral Fellow McGill University
Daniela Donoso, 2016
Morales, D.D., Bloom, G.A., &
Caron, J.G. (under review). Creating and sustaining a
culture of excellence: Insights from accomplished university