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Lab Director / Head Coach

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.

 

Current Students/
Assistant Coaches

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:
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.

 

Jordan Lefebvre

Hometown: Holly
Saint-Denis de Brompton, Quebec

Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Psychology, Clinical Concentration, Bishop’s University;
MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Queen’s University.

Current Degree:
PhD (in progress), Sport Psychology, McGill University.

Funding:
Recipient of the Doctoral Student Entrance Fellowship.

Research Interests:
My Master’s thesis investigated the prevalence of effective leadership behaviours of head coaches in youth sport. Among our findings, head coaches primarily displayed leadership through individualized consideration and inspirational motivation. Despite our findings, the research indicates that athletes are also subjected to the coinciding influences of assistant coaches, as well as formal and informal athlete leaders. Therefore, the research for my doctoral degree will explore the leadership dynamics within and across all leadership groups, and their collective impact on the athletic performance and personal development of athletes.

About me:
My interest in the field of sport psychology originates from my upbringing engrained within a high performance sport environment. My personal experiences playing varsity rugby at a Canadian University helped me recognize the role coaches play in facilitating the development and enjoyment of athletes. These experiences led me to focus my doctoral program of research on effective coach leadership beahviours. To contribute to this line of inquiry, I hope to acquire the expertise necessary to conduct rigorous and seminal research throughout my PhD. Beyond academia, I enjoy coaching youth hockey and rugby.

Publications:
Deventer, J., Cowburn, I, Allan, V., Lefebvre J. S., & Côté, J. (in preparation). Describing and classifying disability coach development programs (DCDPs).

Lefebvre, J. S., Evans, M. B, Turnnidge, J., Gainforth, H. L., & Côté, J. (in press). Describing and classifying coach development programs: A synthesis of empirical research and applied practice. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching.

Danielle Alexander

Hometown:Holly
Newmarket, Ontario

Degrees:
BA Psychology, Brock University

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

Research Interests:
Coaching Para-sport Athletes

About me:
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.

Liam Heelis

Hometown:Holly
Georgetown, Ontario

Degrees:
BSc. Psychology, Acadia University

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

Research Interests:
Coaching and Leadership

About me:
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.

David Urquhart

Hometown: Holly
Thorold, Ontario

Degrees:
B.Comm – Concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, McGill University

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

Research Interests:
High performance coaching and leadership

About me:
Sport psychology has played an important role in my development as a professional hockey player and in my current role as a University assistant hockey coach. My interest stems back to my first year as a student-athlete at McGill. Our team sport psychology sessions first introduced me to the importance of the mental side of the game, including the importance of leadership and team dynamics. This experience helped raise my game to a new level, including the transition from playing at McGill to the American Hockey League and to Serie A in Italy. Following my playing career, I accepted the challenge of rejoining the McGill Redmen hockey team as the assistant coach. My career goal is to coach professional hockey and I hope that studying coaching science in our sport psychology graduate program will enhance my coaching knowledge and skills. My research will focus on how successful coaches build and facilitate a successful hockey organization.

Pierre Lepage

Hometown: Holly
Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Degrees:
BSc in Kinesiology, University of Orleans, France.
BBA with concentration in Sport Management, Shorter University, United States.

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

Research Interests:
Youth coaching in high performance sport; Disability sport

Funding:
Recipient of the 2016/2017 McGill International Student Research Master’s Fellowship

About me:
Given my years of experience as a high performance athlete in soccer, I naturally developed a deep interest in understanding the science of coaching. I competed as a developmental academy player for a European professional team and as a varsity athlete in both Canada and the United States. Having skilled coaches are important in helping a player both enjoy the sport and reach higher levels of achievement. Building on my own athletic experiences, my goal is to study the effective knowledge and behaviors used by youth sport coaches in disability settings.

 

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. (2015). Elite coach perceptions of cohesion on coacting teams. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 10 (6), 1039-1053.

Current Position:
Faculty member at University of Kentucky.

 

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., & Caron, J.G. (in press). Experiences of competitive masters swimmers: Desired coaching characteristics and perceived benefits. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Current Position:
Leadership management consultant

 

C. A. Sinotte, 2014

Publications: Holly
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.

Current Position:
Sports Broadcaster and Reporter for TVA..

 

 

Katherine Fairhurst, 2015

Publications:Holly
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.

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

 

 

Charline Labonté, 2015

Current Position: Holly
Member of Canadian National Hockey Team and Hockey Instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeemin Kim, 2015

Publications: Holly
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.

Current Position:
Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Caron, MA 2012, PhD 2016

M.A. thesis title:Holly
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

Publications:
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: 10.1080/1612197X.2015.1114504

Caron, J.G., Bloom, G.A., Loughead, T.M., & Hoffmann, M.D. (2016). Paralympic athlete leaders’ perceptions of leadership and cohesion. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39 (3), 219-238.

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. 

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 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 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.

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 student-athletes.

Morales, D.D., Bloom, G.A., & Caron, J.G. (under review). Creating and sustaining a culture of excellence: Insights from accomplished university team-sport coaches.

Caron, J.G., Bloom, G.A., & Podlog, L. (under review). Have we been ignoring athletes’ psychological readiness for sport following a concussion? A brief report.

Caron, J.G., Bloom, G.A., Balish, S.M., & Harvey, W.J. (under review). Adolescent athletes’ insights on concussions.

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow McGill University

Daniela Donoso, 2016

Publications: Holly
D.D. Morales, G.A. Bloom, & J.G. Caron (under review). Creating and sustaining a culture of excellence: Insights from accomplished university team-sport coaches.

Current Position:
Mental Performance Consultant and Figure Skating Coach

 

 

Julia Allain, 2016

Publication: Holly
J. Allain, G.A. Bloom, & W.D. Gilbert (in progress). Knowledge and routines of NCAA hockey coaches during intermissions (in progress).

Current Position:
Psychology Teacher and Soccer Coach at USA Prep School.

 

 

Daphnée André-Morin, 2016

Publication:Holly
D. Andre-Morin, J.G. Caron, & G.A. Bloom (in progress). Unique challenges faced by female university athletes experiencing prolonged concussion symptoms.

Current Position:
Bilingual Support Co-ordinator at Educational Technology Company.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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