Ball State University is hosting

Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium

February 17 & 18, 2023

As sport, exercise, and performance psychology (SEPP) professionals, we understand perhaps better than anyone else the importance of teamwork. By partnering with like-minded individuals, experts in other fields, and those who will push us to be our best by getting us outside of our comfort zone, the opportunity for growth, discovery, and learning is essentially boundless. Here at Ball State, we highlight the advantage of teaming up with other professionals to extend the realm of SEPP beyond just that of sport, exercise, and performance. Thus, the theme for MSEPS 2023 is: “Sport Psychology & _____”. The blank is up to you to fill in, however you feel SEPP may be beneficial or whatever road it may lead you down. It could be

“SEPP & social justice”, “SEPP & counseling”, “SEPP & business”, or what you think may entail teamwork in the realm of SEPP. We hope to expand the knowledge of this field beyond just that of the athletic setting, so we are excited to introduce this theme to you and hear which direction you see SEPP headed in next!

Welcome remarks and keynote speaker to begin around 4:30 pm at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie (401 S High Street) with poster presentations, dinner, and student social. Activities on Saturday will begin at 8 am at the Ball State Alumni Center (2800 W Bethel Ave) and will continue through closing remarks at 3 pm. Dinner will be offered on Friday, along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The 2-day conference will include a keynote session, oral presentations, round table sessions, a poster session, and opportunities to connect with other students and professionals. See our tentative schedule below. Official conference schedules will be uploaded in early February. 

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Platinum Sponsors

SOK KinesiologyCollege of Health

Gold Sponsors
   AASP    Alliance of Social Workers in Sport BSU Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling University Dermatology Center and Medspa Zionsville Youth Soccer Association

  Silver Sponsors

The Anxiety Relief CenterLifesports at The Ohio State UniversityStella and Chewy's
Teacher's College  



Jen Schumacher is the Mental Performance Consultant for the Northwestern University Football team, providing integrated mental performances services throughout the organization. Dr. Schumacher brings well over a decade of experience coaching elite and professional athletes, West Point cadets, special forces officers, marathon swimmers, and Fortune 100 executives on the mental game.

Vikky Krane - Sport Psychology and Social Justice

Vikki Krane is a professor in Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University, USA. They also are affiliated with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Culture Studies programs. Krane’s scholarship focuses on sex, gender, and sexuality in sport and they have been a voice for greater inclusion in sport psychology throughout their career. Their edited book Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport: Queer Inquiries was published in 2019. Additionally, Krane is an affiliated scholar with the Tucker Center for Girls and Women in Sport and Athlete Ally, and has had a lead role in establishing the Social Justice through Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. Krane’s doctorate is from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, master’s University of Arizona, and bachelor’s Denison University.

Chelsea Wooding - Sport Psychology and High Performers

Dr. Chelsea Wooding, CMPC is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at North Park University in Chicago, IL. Chelsea received her PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology and MA in Counseling from West Virginia University, and her MS in Kinesiology (emphasis in Sport Psychology) from Cal State Fullerton. In nearly 15 years of consulting, she has been honored to work in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including traditional athletes, performing artists, and corporate populations. She has also conducted research looking at the lived experiences of professional skydivers and firefighters.

Adam Kuban - Sport Psychology and Journalism

Dr. Adam J. Kuban is a professor in the School of Journalism & Strategic Communication and an affiliate faculty member in the Honors College at Ball State University. Adam has taught for 18 years as the instructor of record for an array of media-centric courses and has, to date, led 17 community-engaged, project-based teams of students, which have included diverse partnerships with local and nationally recognized organizations. Each project typically results in media-oriented creative work, which can range from books, magazines, websites, apps, and/or documentaries depending on the need(s) of the partner and the scope of the project. One of those projects is the ongoing Facing Social Justice in Sports collaboration with The Facing Project, a national nonprofit devoted to empathy.

Sarah Shue - Sport Psychology and Military

Dr. Sarah Shue is a health services research scientist at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Indianapolis Indiana. She completed her masters in sport and exercise psychology at Ball State University and her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences through Indiana University. Dr. Shue's research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention, holistic health care, and intervention design and implementation to improve military veterans' quality of life and reduce functional impairment. She is also working to submit a VA Career Development Award that will use her sport and exercise psychology background to promote physical activity participation among women veterans.

Brian Tremml - Sport Psychology and Counseling

Brian Tremml graduated from Ball State University in 2022 with master's degrees in Sport Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has experience providing mental performance services to athletes at the Olympic, collegiate, and club levels in the sports of swimming, cross country, motor sports, and several others. Additionally, Brian is employed by the Cabin Counseling and Resource Center in Zionsville, IN, as well as Butler University, where he provides mental health services to a wide variety of populations. Brian enjoys the blending of mental performance and mental health as he seeks to equip individuals with tools to master their minds in order to lead them to peak performance both in sport and in life.

Allison Blake - Sport Psychology and Counseling

Allison Blake is a 3rd year counseling psychology doctoral student. Allison completed a dual masters here at Ball State in sport and exercise psychology and clinical mental health counseling which drives her passion to incorporate the intersection of performance and mental health into my work. Allison currently works at Butler University in the counseling center and as the Graduate Assistant for athlete mental wellness at BSU with college students developing their identities in and out of sports. 

Jerry Reynolds - Sport Psychology and Social Work

Dr. Jerry Reynolds II is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ball State University. His research explores family dynamics in youth sports. A former college athlete, he is the current President of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports. He most recently led one of the largest studies on parent spectator behavior, in partnership with the Indiana Soccer Association. He holds a BSW from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, an MSW from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Louisiana State University.

Haven Fields - Sport Psychology and Collegiate Athletics/Admin

Core Values – Faith, Family, Integrity, Passion, and Service                                                                                   
18-year Intercollegiate Athletics Professional
Currently the Deputy Director of Athletics at Ball State University
With experiences at Auburn University (my Alma Mater), University of South Alabama, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brian Miles - Sport Psychology and Pro Sport

Brian Miles is the Major League Mental Performance Coach for the Cleveland Guardians, entering his 8th season with the organization. In his role for Cleveland, Brian assists players and staff of the organization in the continued development to enhance performance and mental and emotional development. Prior to joining the organization, Brian worked for the United States Army, as part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program both at Fort Bliss (TX) and Fort Drum (NY). In his role he taught mental performance skills and techniques to Soldiers in order to develop the mental and emotional strength necessary to thrive in adverse and stressful conditions. Brian received his Master of Education in Psychology from Springfield College, and resides in North Ridgeville OH with his wife MEgan, daughter Marlow, and son Mack. 

Staci Mannella - Sport Psychology and Disability

Staci Mannella is a 2x visually impaired Paralympic alpine skier (Sochi 2014; PyeongChang 2018), speaker, and academic. She is passionate about bridging her own experiences in sports with her research interests and primarily studies the experiences of high performance athletes with disabilities. Specifically she is interested in the intersections of qualitative research and clinical practice pertaining to sport psychology. In her free time she enjoys skiing (for fun now), spending time with her dogs, and eating good food. 


Poster and oral presentations: Students are encouraged to submit a proposed, in progress, or completed research project of their own individual work or collaborative work with faculty. This is an excellent opportunity for students to practice presenting and receive feedback on their research.

Round tables: Join us as we hear from professionals in different fields on how they incorporate sport psychology into their research and applied practice. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn from their expertise.

Mindfulness and Movement Session: We believe in practicing what we preach. Join us as we center ourselves in the present moment and find light movement prior to breakfast. This is a BSU student-led mindfulness and movement session where we will guide you through a mindfulness activity and light movement.

  • Hotels
    • Courtyard by Marriott (Horizon Convention Center) 601 S High St. Muncie, IN 47305 (765) 287-8550
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Muncie 4220 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304 (765) 288-8500
    • Quality Inn and Suites 3400 N. Everbrook Lane Muncie, IN 47304 (765) 216-1675
  • Airport
    • Indianapolis International Airport – 58 miles from BSU
    • Dayton International Airport – 80 miles from BSU
Abstract Submission is Closed.

Register for the 2023 Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. Registration fees cover the cost of Friday’s dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast and lunch, and a swag bag! For any questions, email us at:

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