William Massey

William V. Massey, PhD

William V. Massey, PhD

Associate Professor

Women's Building 203C
160 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Curriculum Vitae

Academic interests

Dr. Massey’s line of research focuses on the intersection of play, physical activity, and child development. His current line of research is dedicated to understanding how recess quality impacts healthy development in elementary school-aged children.

Not accepting PhD or MS students


PhD, Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MS, Psychosocial Kinesiology, Southern Illinois University
BA, Sport Studies, Central Michigan University


Three young girls in red jerseys smiling and holding a soccer ball, symbolizing the critical role of sports in promoting girls' mental health.

Amid the Nation’s Ongoing Youth Mental Health Crisis, New Research Shows the Critical Role Sports Can Play in Promoting Girls’ Mental Health

A new study by the women’s sports foundation – “Thriving through sport: The transformative impact on girls' mental health” - reveals sport participation positively impacts depression, anxiety, and more.

Read press release and report.

Notes From the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Episode 104 | Recess: Is it Just for Play?

Interview on WCAI's Living Lab Radio

New book

Sport in Under-resourced, Underdeveloped, and Conflict Regions

Over the past two decades, scholars and practitioners have taken a keen interest in the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP). These efforts have largely focused on and debated the merits of sport as a tool for development, diplomacy, and peace building in under-resourced, underdeveloped, and conflict regions.

Making sense of the positive contributions that sport can offer to such complex and multi-faceted issues requires understanding the various connections and meanings that individuals and communities ascribe to their sporting experiences.

This book offers a unique outlet for research that engages with, rather than makes claims about, individuals and communities around the world. Diverse, contemporary, and thought-provoking examples of qualitative methods in the study of SDP are detailed, along with rich, meaningful, and provocative insights from these studies.

Massey book cover