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Northwest Missouri State University


Linda Sterling

Linda Sterling

Email

Office

2330 Colden Hall

Phone

660.562.1735
660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2007

Assistant Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. Sport Psychology
  • M.S. Counseling Psychology
  • B.S. Psychology/Sociology

Courses Taught

  • Sport Psychology
  • Career Paths and Preparations
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Experimentation
  • Advanced Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Counseling Theory & Techniques
  • Occupational Educational Information
  • Graduate Research Project

Academic Interests

  • Exercise adherence
  • Professional sports career aspirations
  • Athletic career termination
  • Psychological factors influencing athletic injury rehabilitation
  • Youth sport

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Van Mullem, H. & Sterling, L. (In Press.). What's in Your Bag of Tricks: Tips for Engaging Students in a Sport Psychology Class, Western Society Review.
  • Sterling, L., Pratt-Hyatt, J., & Van Mullem, H. (2011). Pro Sport: Ticket to a Better Life or Perpetuating Poverty?, The Counseling Interviewer, 43, 19-25.
  • Sterling, L., Van Mullem, H., & Wade, H. (2010). Down but not an Outsider: Ideas for Coaches on how to Support Injured Athletes. Western Society Review, 8, 23-26.
  • Sterling, L. (2010). Tots and Timeouts: Pregnancy and Student Athletes. National Association of Girls and Women in Sport: Inclusion and Social Justice Paper Series.
  • Sterling, L., Van Mullem, H., & Wade, H. (2009). Collaborating with Parents for a Positive Season: Ideas for Young Coaches. Western Society Review, 7, 14-16.
  • Sterling, L., Dimmit, E. & Van Mullem, H. (2009). The Crisis on the Court: The Psychological Pain of Career Ending Athletic Injuries. The Counseling Interviewer, 41, 10-15.
  • Sterling, L. (2009). Psychology of Play as Competition. In R. Carlisle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Selected National Presentations

  • Sterling, L. & Van Mullem, H. (2011, September). Who's Got Spirit?: Implementing a Team Spirit Point Championship in a Sport Psychology Course. Presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Honolulu, HI.
  • Sterling, L. & Owens, S. (2011, January). Team Cohesion in a Sport Psychology Classroom. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Hendrix, R., Sterling, L., Wessell, R., & Biggar, J. (2010, May). Effects of Crib Notes on Exam Grades and Conceptually-oriented Questions. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Van Mullem, H. Sterling, L., & Peck, A. (2010, March).  Accurate Representation?: Media Guide Images of College Female Athletes. Presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hendrix, R., Sterling, L., & Wessell, R. (2009, May). Crib Notes Improve Test Performance and Decrease Test Anxiety. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Van Mullem, H. & Sterling, L. (2009, April). Coaching the Pregnant Student Athlete: Navigating the Issues. Presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Sterling, L. & Van Mullem, H. (2008, September). Professional Sport Aspirations and Athletic Identity of NCAA Division II and NAIA Student Athletes, Presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Sterling, L. (2006, September). The Influence of a Life Skills Course on Athletic Identity and Career Decision Self-Efficacy of Collegiate Student Athletes. Presented at the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Miami, FL.

Selected Regional Presentations

  • Van Mullem, H. & Sterling, L. (2011, November). Pictures of Progress: Media Guide Images of NCAA Division-II, NCAA Division-III, and NAIA Female Student Athletes. Scheduled to present at the Tucker Center Conference on Girls & Women in Sport: Creating Change. Minneapolis, MN
  • Van Mullem, H. & Sterling, L. (2010, October). What's in Your Bag of Tricks: Tips for Engaging Students in a Sport Psychology Class. Presented at the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Conference, Reno, NV.
  • Dimmit, E. & Sterling, L. (2009, November). Remember Recess? The Benefits of Relearning How to Play. Presented at the Missouri School Counselor Association Conference, Tan-tar-a, MO.
  • Sterling, L., Van Mullem, H. & Wade, H. (2009, October). Down but Not an Outsider: Ideas for Coaches on How to Support Injured Athletes. Presented at the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Conference, Reno, NV.
  • Francis, A. & Sterling, L. (2009, February). Groups 101 Theory and Process: Considerations for Cooperative Learning. Presented at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology Conference, Glen Ellyn, IL.
  • Sterling, L. & Van Mullem, H. (2008, October). Collaborating with Parents for a Positive Season: Ideas for Young Coaches. Presented at the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Conference, Reno, NV.
  • Sterling, L. & Van Mullem, H. (2008, April). "Going Pro?" Student Athletes and Professional Sports Career Aspirations. Presented at the Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Student Group Advisement

  • Psi Chi

Other Professional Experiences

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology                                                                                             
  • North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness                                                                   
  • Missouri School Counselor Association                  
  • Sport Psychology Consultant