Kinesiology professor awarded Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award

Candace Hogue

Candace Hogue

Credit: Candace Hogue

MIDDLETOWN, PA. — Candace Hogue, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State Harrisburg, was awarded the Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

The Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award acknowledges the distinguished contributions of Dot Harris (1931-91) to sport psychology by recognizing the efforts of an AASP professional in the early stage of their career.

Hogue will receive a cash award and a plaque during a presentation summarizing her work at the AASP Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 6.

“It is my great honor to be the recipient of the Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award. Dr. Harris was a pioneer in sport psychology and physical education,” Hogue said. “We all stand on the shoulders of giants — Dot was a giant in my field, and with respect to the advancement of women in sport and academia in particular, I believe we have all benefited from her efforts.”    

Hogue engages in research and applied work in the fields of sport and exercise psychology. Her interests include using sport/physical activity settings to help teach positive life skills to youth; and optimizing the health and well-being of sports participants of all skill levels.

Her research is focused on understanding participant stress and motivation in response to the motivational climate fostered by leaders in physical activity settings. Specifically, she examines how caring, task-involving (mastery-focused) climates vs. ego-involving (winning-focused) climates impact psychophysiological stress responses including inflammation and cortisol fluctuations, along with indicators of well-being and motivation. She has recently begun exploring how psychological skills training might help athletes respond more favorably to performance stress.

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is the leading organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals.