People

Psychosocial Physical Activity Laboratory

 

William Massey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Massey’s line of research focuses on the role of sport, play, and physical activity on social development for children, with a focus on children in low-resource communities. His current line of work examines how the quality of elementary school recess contributes to social, emotional, and behavioral health. See full profile

 


Laura Neilson, MPH

2Play Lab Coordinator

Laura has an MPH in Health Promotion & Health Behavior. She is originally from Wisconsin, which is where she earned her bachelor’s from UW-Madison in Psychology and Latin, American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. Her interests focus on understanding the systems and structures that lead to inequity and designing solutions that promote mutually beneficial relationships between humans and the environment.


 

Janelle Thalken

Second year Ph.D. student, Kinesiology, Psychosocial emphasis

Janelle is a second-year doctoral student in Kinesiology.  She earned her master’s in Sport and Exercise Science, with a concentration in the Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, at the University of Northern Colorado, and earned her bachelor’s in Kinesiology at Arizona State University.  Her research interests primarily focus around promoting children’s social development through physical activity, especially in underserved populations. Janelle is currently running the ‘Active Together’ study, which is funded by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and focused on promoting self-regulation and physical activity in middle school females.


 

Alex Szarabajko

Second year Ph.D. student, Kinesiology, Psychosocial emphasis

Alex is a second-year doctoral student in Kinesiology with a Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration. Originally, she is from Germany and was recruited by the Eastern Kentucky University Track & Field team in August 2012, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and two master’s degrees in General Psychology and Exercise and Sport Science.

Her theses and research projects in the past focused on relational motivation in student-athletes and its effects on performance as well as perceived exercise benefits and barriers in college students. Within the 2PLAY Lab, Alex collaborates on our recess quality research.


 

Deanna Perez

First year PhD student, Kinesiology, Psychosocial emphasis

Deanna is a first-year doctoral student in Kinesiology. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA and a Master’s of Education degree in Counseling from Boston University. Her research interests are focused on how sport and physical activity can facilitate a sense of purpose for youth. Within the 2PLAY Lab, Deanna works on research related to recess quality, and with our Social Fitness Club Program aimed at increasing physical activity in youth living in out of home care.


 

Emmanuel Ughelu

Second year MS student, Kinesiology, Psychosocial emphasis

Emmanuel is an international MS  Student in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology). His research interests include group dynamics and cohesion, collective and self-efficacy  among athletes, as well as  health promotion. Emmanuel works with the 2PLAY Lab Social Fitness Club Program aimed at increasing physical activity in youth living in out of home care.


 

Marissa Lovell

First year MPH Student, Health Promotion, Health Behavior

Marissa is a first-year student in health promotion and health behavior. She has an undergraduate degree in social work from Marquette University and has previously worked on teen violence prevention programs, and as a case manager for children in the foster-care system. Marissa works with the 2PLAY Lab Social Fitness Club Program, the Active Together Program, and on various recess initiatives.


 


 

Chad Mann (not pictured)

First year MPH student, Global Health

Chad is a first-year student in Global Health. He is interested in the role sport plays in promoting mental health and social inclusion for children across the globe. Chad works with the 2PLAY Lab Social Fitness Club Program aimed at increasing physical activity in youth living in out of home care.


 


 

Alycia Korn (not pictured)

Undergraduate student, Kinesiology

Alycia is a kinesiology major former URSA undergraduate fellow. Alycia works with the 2PLAY Lab Social Fitness Club Program aimed at increasing physical activity in youth living in out of home care.


 

Grant Thesing

Undergraduate student, Kinesiology

Grant is a kinesiology major with an emphasis on pre-med. He is the director of the OSU improve comedy club and works with the 2PLAY Lab Social Fitness Club Program aimed at increasing physical activity in youth living in out of home care.


 


 

Kyle Yost (not pictured)

Undergraduate student, Kinesiology

Kyle is a kinesiology major and works with the 2PLAY Lab Social Fitness Club Program aimed at increasing physical activity in youth living in out of home care.


 

Julianne Iarusso

Undergraduate student, Kinesiology

Julianne is kinesiology major who works with the Active Together research program


 


 

Paige Bishman (not pictured)

Undergraduate student, Kinesiology

Paige is former URSA undergraduate fellow and current honor’s college thesis student. Paige works with our recess quality initiatives.


Former Lab Members

  • Tyger Gruber, B.S. Kinesiology
  • Erin Zinkula, B.S. Exercise Science
  • Hallie Baker, Kinesiology
  • Sydney Giles, BioHealth Sciences