Conference Committee

Student Members

Shelby Anderson, Student Co-coordinator

Shelby is currently a second year Ph.D. student at UNCG. She received her Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ithaca College in 2018 and undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in 2016. Her current research interests lie broadly in sport coaching, women in sport, and cultural sport psychology .

Alexis Rice, Student Co-coordinator

Alexis is currently a first year Master’s student at UNCG in the Applied Sport Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sports Coaching from UNCG as well. Her current interest lie broadly in student-athlete transition phases, performance enhancement and the psychological impacts of injury.

Halley Altieri

Halley is currently a first year Master’s student at UNCG in the Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology Program. She received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a minor in Counseling. Halley’s professional interests lie in military performance psychology and her research interests are broadly in mental skills training and performance enhancement. 

Sloan Johnson

Sloan is currently a first year Master’s student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in the Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a Spanish minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Sloan worked for 3 years in college access before returning to UNCG with a refined interest in student-athlete populations. Sloan’s professional interests lie in team dynamics, mental health, performance optimization and psychological impacts of injury.

Madeline Kaufman

Madeline is currently a second year Master’s student in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology here at UNCG. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and History from Santa Clara University. Her current professional interests lie broadly in performance enhancement, performance transition phases, and psychological aspects of injury. 

Bianca Briones

Bianca is currently a first year Master’s student at UNCG in the Applied Sport Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise & Movement Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current interests lie broadly in sport coaching, working with student-athletes on ways to maximize performance, and working with teams to promote cohesion and positive dynamics.

Faculty Mentors

Rob Elliott Owens, EdD, CSCS

Dr. Rob Elliott Owens currently serves as the chair of the AASP Diversity Committee, sits on the editorial board for Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (CSSEP), and is a member of AASP’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. His research interests broadly focus on social justice advocacy and multicultural competence within applied sport and exercise psychology (SEP) settings

Jen Farrell, PhD, LCSW, CMPC

Dr. Jen Farrell is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG, specializing in sport and exercise psychology. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Farrell provides sport psychology and mental health counseling services to UNCG student-athletes. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Kinesiology in 2009. She also received an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Farrell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.  

Diane Gill, PhD

Diane Gill is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research focuses on social psychology and physical activity, with publications that include the text, Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, several book chapters, and over 100 journal articles. She is on several editorial boards and is a former president of NASPSPA and of APA Division 47. She teaches in the sport and exercise psychology area as well as in the online EdD in Kinesiology program.

DeAnne Davis Brooks, Ed.D.

Dr. DeAnne Davis Brooks is an AP Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. She holds degrees in Kinesiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, and Exercise and Sport Science, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and yoga instructor. For twenty years, Brooks has also coached track and field at the youth and collegiate levels.
Brooks has delivered lectures and workshops to student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators nation-wide on the topic of transitioning from competitive athletics to lifelong physical activity. She co-developed the Moving On! program to help athletes make healthy transitions to life after sports.

Erin Reifsteck, PhD

Dr. Erin Reifsteck is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. She holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness at UNCG.  She also has a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from UNCG and a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Saint Francis University. Her current research focuses on promoting lifelong physical activity and health among athletes. Dr. Reifsteck has served as principal investigator for two NCAA-funded projects focused on the development of the Moving On! program, which supports student-athletes in making healthy transitions to life after sports.  

Pam Kocher Brown, EdD

Dr. Brown is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and serves as director of the online doctor of education program (EdD in KIN). She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Anna Marie Gove Award (17–18), the Jerry and Joan Morris Tolley and Gail M. Hennis Graduate Teaching Award (17–18), and the UNCG Excellence in Online Education Award (18–19). Her interests are in online education, and she teaches a variety of graduate courses, including online pedagogy, research topics, advanced seminar, program design and practicum.. Dr. Brown serves on several committees related to curriculum and online teaching and learning.  

Dr. Rennae Williams Stowe

Dr. Rennae Williams Stowe is a faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Studies at Winston-Salem State University. She received her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology, Masters at the University of Georgia in Sport Management, and undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Stowe served as faculty at Campbell University and Johnson C. Smith University. She also held a teacher and athletic trainer position in a Charlotte Mecklenburg high school for six years. Her research interest includes: the psychological effects of physical activity, experiential education in sport management, and perceptions of race and gender relations in sport management education. 

Elizabeth Lange, Ed.D.

Dr. Lange holds a BA in Psychology from Hollins University, a MA in Physical Education from University of Northern Colorado, and an Ed.D. in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Lange’s research areas include cultural competence, intercultural communication, facilitation of experiential education, team cohesion & group dynamics, leadership skills, social justice in the outdoors, gender equity in sport, and mental skills training for athletes. She has been the editorial assistant for two major journals in the field:  The Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and the Quest Journal. She typically presents at several regional and international conferences annually (ACCT, AEE, NAKHE, AASP, CSRI).

She serves as on the Association of Applied Sport Psychology’s Diversity Committee (2017-2020), Chair of the Research Advisory Committee (2016-present) and a member (2012-2016) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, and a Program Accreditation Reviewer (2009-present) for the Association for Experiential Education. Dr. Lange currently serves as a professor at William Peace University.