February 26-27, 2016

University of Illinois at Chicago

A Letter From the Team

We are very excited to be hosting the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) grant sponsored Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (MSEPS).

Our team had a presence at the AASP national conference with Co-Chair Arin Weidner and faculty sponsor John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD (JC-L) attending and presenting. Dr Gloria Balague who helped launch the original sport psychology curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago was awarded AASP’s 2015 Distinguished Professional Practice Award Arin and JC-L chatted up the event and Dr Martin from Wayne State University ( faculty sponsor for hosts in 2017 in Detroit, MI) was on hand to ask how things were going too.

We hope as you navigate around the symposium website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed you will find the information you need, the updates to keep you informed and feel like this is an event you want to attend. The way we are approaching this event is to respect the ways of previous symposia and add our special sauce to the flavoring. As you look around the website you will notice we created room for traditional and interactive deliveries. We encourage undergraduates to participate in the Image of Research opportunity, and any students that have a proposal but have not started their research by the conference comes around can submit their work through the Round Table Pitch. These two opportunities add innovation to the event, and we hope you will take advantage of them or recommend someone you know does.

Our goal is to update this site every 7-10 days and keep the communication frequent, accurate and clear. We are glad you are thinking of coming to Chicago. We are looking forward to hosting.

The Team

From left to right: Gloria Balague, PhD, Arin Weidner and John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD

Arin Weidner presenting a poster at the annual AASP conference in Indianapolis, IN

Faculty Mentor Spotlight

At the last AASP Midwest Sport Psychology Symposium held at Ball State University I attended the faculty meeting along with colleagues representing well established sport psychology programs. The meeting’s discussion turned to answering the question “Who would host the conference in 2016?” A thoughtful colleague said “Chicago could host?” and heads turned to me with smiles. I agreed on our department’s behalf to host the event and immediately recruited Arin Weidner this year’s Co-Chair to help lead this event and together we recruited the Co-Chair Jenn Jacobs from Northern Illinois University.

I agreed to hosting the symposium because our department has developed its exercise, injury and sport psychology curriculum and research capabilities since 2007. Dr David Marquez (joined faculty in 2007), and myself (joined faculty in 2009) have been joined this year by Dr Eddie Bustamente. Prior to us, Gloria Balague, PhD and Don Hellison, PhD led the sport psychology and youth development specializations through the 1990’s up to the mid 2000’s. Both of them mentored me through my graduate and doctoral studies. I was very lucky to have their guidance and this event gives me the opportunity to mentor students I work with now. I am paying forward the value and opportunities Gloria and Don gave me.

I am proud our department is collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students from Northern Illinois University, Loyola University and Adler University to host this event. Living in Chicago as we do, we know good things happen when we work with others to achieve our goals. The student leadership team for this event is motivated, imaginative, hard-working and fun to be around. They want to add to the great conference Ball State University hosted last year and make the 2016 symposium valuable for every attendee.

I hope you will join us in Chicago in February, 2016 and be part of a positive professional and personal experience in sport and exercise psychology.

Go Flames!


Exercise, Injury and Sport Psychology at UIC

Exercise, Injury and Sport Psychology (EISP) curriculum

The Exercise, Injury and Sport Psychology (EISP) curriculum is a new innovation to the 2015-2016 academic curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. For more information on core faculty, the EISP curriculum and course outlines, please click here.

UIC Study Abroad

Summer 2015 – Dr. John Coumbe-Lilley successfully led the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition’s first study abroad trip to Dublin, Ireland. The trip was designed in a way that allowed students to connect content with experiences. Research projects were hands on and interactive, using the qualitative research methods of photo voice, photo elicitation, observation and participant observation. Some of the sports students’ engaged in this trip include – Capoeira, Gaelic football, soccer, dance and Krav Maga.

View their work at studyabroad.ahslabs.uic.edu.

In response to the success of this study abroad trip, Dr Coumbe-Lilley will be spearheading the department’s second study abroad program to Barcelona, Spain in Summer 2016