Berger invited to keynote conference in London

Dr. Bonnie Berger, director of the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, has given many invited presentations around the world, but next month she will give an especially prestigious one.

Bonnie Berger

Berger has been asked to deliver the keynote address on exercise at the inaugural conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, to take place Dec. 11 and 12 in London.

She will speak on “Roles of Exercise in Quality of Life: Exploring Integral Relationships,” which is among her research specializations. Her other areas of interest include the use of exercise for stress management, individual and environmental factors that influence the exercise-mood relationship, and exercise adherence and factors leading to exercise enjoyment throughout the lifespan.

Previously a section within the society, the BPS’s sport and exercise division was officially formed in 2004 “in response to the increase in academic status and public recognition of sport and exercise psychology. It ensures that members who practise and offer services within sport and exercise psychology are qualified and trained according to the Charter, Statutes and Rules of the BPS,” according to conference organizing committee members Drs. Remco Polman and Jo Thatcher.

Berger is a particularly appropriate choice as the keynote speaker for the division’s first conference, having been a founding member of the Exercise and Sport Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.

In addition to teaching exercise and sport psychology coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 35 years, she has been an active researcher. She has published two books and more than 65 journal articles and book chapters. She also has delivered applied presentations and more than 90 scholarly papers at national and international conferences, as well as in business and industry. She was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Australia during the fall of 1989 and 1990, and at Edith Cowan University in Perth in 2001. Most recently, she was a visiting Research Professor at the University of Western Australia in fall 2006.

Berger is a charter member, Fellow and certified consultant of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, former chairperson of its Health Psychology section and member of its executive board. She is also a charter member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Research Consortium.

She has served on editorial boards of numerous journals, including the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Quest, The Sport Psychologist and the International Journal of Sport Psychology, and also has been the exercise and health psychology section editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.  

Berger has been at BGSU for 10 years. Before coming here, she was associate dean in the School of Physical and Health Education and the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming, and had been deputy chair of the Department of Physical Education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where she reached the rank of professor. She began her academic teaching career at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and both her master’s degree and doctorate, with a specialization in exercise and sport psychology and motor learning, from Teachers College, Columbia University.

November 24, 2008