Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Coordinator of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Graduate Program
Lindsey Blom is an associate professor in the field of sport and exercise psychology interested in psycho-social aspects of youth sport from the athlete, coach, and parent perspective. For the past decade, she has investigated positive youth development through sport and using sport to promote peace at the individual, community, and international levels. Specifically, her research focuses on maximizing the benefits of sport participation through a mastery and cooperative approach fostered by trained coaches and supportive parents, emphasizing a holistic, long-term athletic development model. Her current projects include conducting international sport for social change programs in Jordan and Tajikistan, developing a values-based curriculum that can infused into recreational sport leagues, chairing the NASPE task force for the position statement on Maximizing the Benefits of Youth Sport, and running local after-school sport for peace leadership programs with elementary school children. Throughout her academic career, Blom has co-authored over thirty journal articles, four book chapters, and one book, Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer, and received over $670,000 in externally funded grants, with two recent PI grants related to sport of social change funded by the Department of State Bureau of Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited program. Blom serves as the coordinator for Ball State’s Sport and Exercise Psychology Master’s program.
To accompany her educational training and research experience, Lindsey has over ten years of consulting experience as a certified consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and over twelve years of experience as a youth soccer coach. As a consultant, she has worked with administrators, coaches, and athletes from the youth to collegiate level on issues in creating a positive sport environment and maximizing performance. Furthermore, she has led numerous team-building workshops and presented at coaching conferences. Additionally, as a soccer coach, she has worked with children ages 4 to 18, in recreational, competitive, and school-based settings using her former experiences as a semi-professional and college soccer player.