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Lab Director / Head Coach

Dr. Gordon Bloom is an Associate Professor of Sport Psychology at McGill University. He earned his PhD degree from The University of Ottawa in Sport Psychology and has been working in the field for 20 years. Gordon worked at California State University, Fresno, prior to his appointment at McGill in 2000. He is currently director of the McGill Sport Psychology Research Laboratory which focuses on applied and theoretical research in sport, physical activity, and health promotion.

My applied and translational research program incorporates health-related educational objectives with particular emphasis on sport concussions and coaching strategies, behaviours, and outcomes. More specifically, how various psychosocial rehabilitation strategies can be applied to concussion rehabilitation, and how various coaching strategies and behaviours can enhance athlete empowerment and autonomy, which may 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). His research has been published in many of the top sport psychology journals, such as JSEP, RQES, JASP, TSP, and PSE. Aside from his teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Bloom is a current member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and has taught athletes from Olympic, professional, and amateur levels how to use mental skills to accelerate their level of performance in sport and life. From a personal perspective, Gordon still enjoys competing in ice hockey, ball hockey, softball, and tennis, and coaches his children in hockey, soccer, and baseball during his leisure time.

 

Current Students/
Assistant Coaches

Jeff Caron

Hometown:Holly
Moncton, New Brunswick

Degrees:
BA Human Kinetics, St. Francis Xavier University (2009); MA Sport Psychology, McGill University (2011)

Current Degree:
PhD (2011–present), McGill University

Funding:
I was one of the inaugural recipients (2011) of the Bloomberg-Manulife Fellowship, which is awarded to PhD students in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education whose research will impact the areas of physical activity, health, and well-being.

Research Interests:
After completing my BA, I began working with Dr. Bloom in his research lab to gain a better understanding of the psychological aspects of sport-related concussions. My Master’s thesis investigated the effects of career ending concussions on retired National Hockey League players. Our results indicated that concussions affected the participants’ quality of lives both personally and professionally. While concussions have received increased notoriety among professional athletes, research has also shown the prevalence of concussions in youth sport is increasing (Emery et al., 2010; Emery & Meeuwisse, 2006). This highlights a need to understand how to assist youth during their rehabilitation from a concussion. Researchers have found that athletes are influenced by those who support them (Bianco & Eklund, 2001; Hassell, Sabiston, & Bloom, 2010; Scanlan, Russell, Beals, & Scanlan, 2003), which suggests that coaches, parents, and teammates may be critical in the education and recovery of concussed youth sport athletes. Moreover, young athletes may suffer a concussion unknowingly and continue playing unless otherwise identified by a medical professional, coach, or parent. Delaney, Lacroix, Leclerc, and Johnston (2002) postulated that some young players may attempt to hide their symptoms of a concussion, which further stresses the need to increase concussion education and awareness. Taken together, coaches, parents, and teammates may be critical in the education and recovery of concussed youth sport athletes. Therefore, the central research question guiding my dissertation is: What are the social and psychological factors affecting the environment of concussed youth sport athletes?

About me:
My interest in studying sport psychology was a natural progression from my involvement in elite hockey. During my hockey playing career I received athletic scholarships in both the NCAA and CIS, and attended an NHL tryout with the Florida Panthers. These athletic experiences were the impetus behind my interest in sport psychology. Aside from my research and course work, I am presently involved in a supervised internship with the McGill varsity swim team.

Publications:
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: Volume 3, Promoting high performance, (pp. 107-132). New York: Nova Science.

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 & Exercise Psychology, 35 (2), 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 (3), 243-259.

Caron, J.G., & Bloom, G.A. (under review). Psychosocial perspectives on concussion rehabilitation.

Caron, J.G., & Bloom, G.A. (under review). Ethical issues surrounding concussions and player safety in professional ice hockey

William Falcão

Hometown:Holly
Brasilia, DF, Brazil

Degrees:
BA in Psychology, University of Brasilia (2006); Teaching Degree in Psychology, University of Brasilia (2007); MA in Sport Psychology, McGill University (2010).

Current Degree:
PhD (2012 - present), McGill University

Funding:
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.

Research Interests:
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.

About me:
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.

Publications:
Sullivan, P. J., Whitaker-Campbell, T., Bloom, G. A., & Falcão, W. R. (in press). A confirmatory factor analysis of the Coach Behavior Scale for Sport (CBS-S). Journal of Sport Behavior.

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.

Falcão, W. R., Bloom, G. A., & Loughead, T. M. (submitted for review). Coaches’ perspectives of building cohesion in Paralympic sports.

C. A. Sinotte

Hometown: Holly
Trois-Rivière, Quebec

Undergraduate Degree:
BEd, Physical & Health Education, McGill University

Graduate Degree:
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University

Research Interests:
Roles and responsibilities of assistant coaches.

About me:
I developed an interest for sport psychology during my 5 years as a member of the McGill Redmen football team. I was fortunate to be named team captain and was involved in some of the decisions of our team. This provided me with a unique perspective on the psychology of coaching and was something I built upon as I started my professional coaching career in France for the Centaures de Grenoble. Today, I remain involved with the Redmen football program as an assistant coach. I also serve as the football analyst for a national radio and TV broadcast company (Radio-Canada).

 

Charline Labonté

Hometown: Holly
Boisbriand, QC

Undergraduate Degree:
BEd, Physical & Health Education, McGill University

Graduate Degree:
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University

About me:
My interest in sport psychology has risen from my general love of sports, and more specifically for hockey. I have played at many different levels, including as a goalie for our national women’s hockey team. After traveling with the team as a 3rd goalie for the 2002 Olympic Games, I understood the importance of mental strength. Over the years, I have tried to apply the different sport psychology learning tools that I have gained, and used them while competing in the past two Olympic Games (2006 + 2010). Throughout my time as an elite athlete, I have been exposed to different aspects of sport psychology, and I have learned from many great coaches.

 

Katherine Fairhurst

Hometown: Holly
Whitby, Ontario

Undergraduate Degree:
BSc Psychology, McGill University

Graduate Degree:
MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Research Interests:
Mentoring and coaching in Paralympic sport

About me:
My interest in pursuing a career in sport psychology evolved from my time on the Canadian National Artistic Gymnastics Team. I represented my country around the globe at many international competitions and was fortunate to have won eight national titles and two international titles. I retired due to a career ending injury and found myself relying on the support of my coach and sport psychology consultant to work through this time of my life. I recently began coaching young elite gymnasts where I implement an approach than involves developing well-rounded athletes. My experiences have fueled my passion for coaching psychology and my hope is to pursue research in mentoring in coach development with the goal of contributing to the world of elite sport.

 

Jeemin Kim

Hometown: Holly
Oakville, Ontario

Undergraduate Degree:
BSc. Biology & Psychology, McMaster University

Graduate Degree:
MA (in progress) Sport Psychology, McGill University

Research Interests:
Coaching strategies for University athletes

About me:
Being a sports lover, I have always been interested in the psychological aspects of the game. My general interest in sport psychology piqued through my experiences as a competitive badminton player, including at the University level. I learned that mental skills affect performance, especially under stressful situations in training and competition. Further to this, my experience as a community badminton coach has taught me the importance of meeting the unique needs of each of my athletes. Hence I have developed a strong interest in research topics such as effective coaching strategies, desirable coach behaviours, and coach-athlete relationships. Through my research and consulting experiences during my degree at McGill, I hope to equip myself with strategies that will enhance athlete performance and development.

 

Daniela Donoso

Hometown: Holly
Quito, Ecuador

Undergraduate Degree:
BA Psychology, York University

Graduate Degree:
MA (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University

Research Interests:
University coache's knowledge and behaviours

About me:
I am an international student from Ecuador. My interest in pursuing a career in sport psychology emerged from my passion for sports, and more specifically, as an elite figure skater where I realized that you needed more than good technique and talent to reach the highest levels of success. This belief has been entrenched through my experiences as an assistant coach in this sport where I observed how coaches affect an athletes performance. My goal is to help coaches guide their athletes to their fullest potential, by making them champions in both their sport and in life.

 

 

Former Graduate Students/
Alumni

Chantal Vallée, 2002

Publications:
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.

Current Position:
Head Coach, University of Windsor CIS basketball team

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Julie Vanier, 2002

Publications:
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.

Current Position:
Research Project Manager, ELGAN Study, Boston Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Neurology.

 

Amanda Horton , 2002

Publications:
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.

Current Position:
Physical Education Instructor at Vanier College CEGEP, Montreal.

 

Tracey Heller, 2003

Publications:
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

Current Position:
Ph. D., Counseling Psychology, speciaizing in Sports Psychology, Florida State University. Currently practicing in California.

 

Tammy Wickwire, 2003

Publications:
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.

Current Position:
Psychology Instructor at Mount Royal College, Calgary.

 

Martin Dupuis, 2004

Publications:
Dupuis, M., Bloom, G.A., & Loughead, T.M. (2006). Team captains' perceptions of athlete leadership. Journal of Sport Behavior, 29 (1), 60-78.

Current Position:
Research Associate, Université de Montreal

 

Kim Shapcott, 2004

Publications:
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.

Current Position:
PhD, University of Western Ontario. Sport Psychology Consultant.

 

Kerry Cregan, 2005

Publications:
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.

Current Position:

Fundraising Coordinator

 

Erin Shapcott, 2005

Publications:
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.

Current Position:
Physiotherapist

 

Julie Newin, 2006

Publications:julie
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.

Current Position:
Elementary School Physical Education Teacher.

 

Julie Senécal, 2006

Publications:julie
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.

Current Position:
Lecturer at Université Sherbrooke & Sport Psychology Consultant.

 

 

Adam Carter, 2007

Publications:Holly

Carter, A. D., & Bloom, G.A. (2009). Coaching knowledge and success: Going beyond athletic experiences. Journal of Sport Behavior, 32 (4), 419-437.

Current Position:
Management Consultant.

 

Laurie Wilson, 2008

Publications:Holly
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.

Current Position:
High School Physical and Health Education Teacher.


Catherine Duchesne, 2008

Publications:cath
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.

Current Position:
Ph.D. Candidate, Psychologie, option Neuropsychologie et Sciences Cognitive, Université de Montréal.

 

 

Kristina Hassell, 2008

Publications:Holly

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.

Current Position:
Fitness Consultan
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Hailey Banack, 2009

Publications:Holly
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.

Current Position:
PhD Candidate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University.


Jon Stein, 2009

Publications:Holly
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.

Current Position:
Elementary School Physical & Health Education Teacher.


Joe Bucci, 2010

Publications:Holly
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.

Current Position:
Assistant Coach, Val D’Or Foreurs, QMJHL

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Holly Tawse, 2011

Publications:Holly
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.

Current Position:
Program Coordinator at BC Wheelchair Sports Association

 

Marc Cormier, 2011

Publications:Holly
Cormier, M.L., Bloom, G.A., & Harvey, W.J. (submitted for review). Elite coach perceptions of cohesion on coacting teams.

Current Position:
Ph.D. Candidate, Sport and Exercise Psychology, West Virginia University.

 

Scotty Rathwell, 2012

HollyPublications:
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.

Current Position:
Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Psychology, University of Ottawa.

 

 

 

Gillian Ferrari, 2014

Publications:Holly
Ferrari, G., Bloom, G. A., & Gilbert, W. D. (near completion). Perceived benefits of desired coaching characteristics and behaviors: Views of elite masters swimmers

Current Position:
Leadership management consultant

 

 

 

 

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