Psychosocial Physical Activity Laboratory


Arnold, J.P., Farello, A., Özkoca, N., Ozenbaugh, I.C., Braxling, C., Massey, W.V.  (2024)  Improving Recess through Collaboration: Exploring the Facilitators and Barriers to Sustaining Positive Playground Behavior  The Journal of School Health  
Gorrell, L., Shen, X., MacDonald, M., Logan, S.W., Hatfield, B.E., Parkinson, C., D’Antonio, A., Massey, W.   (2024)  The Effect of Outdoor Play, Physical Activity, and Screen Time Use on the Emotional Wellbeing of Children and Youth during a Health Crisis  Leisure Sciences  
Trajkovski, M., Perez, D., Tobias, S., Massey, W.V.  (2024)  “And I still remember it to this day”: A qualitative exploration of retrospective memories of school-based recess  Public Health in Practice  7
Sung, M., McClelland, M.M., Massey, W., Logan, S.W., MacDonald, M.  (2024)  Association between motor skills and executive function of children with autism spectrum disorder in Taiwan and the United States  Frontiers in Public Health  11


Massey, W.V., Whitley, M.A.  (2023)  Fighting forward: purpose as a form of resilience for combat sport athletes  Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health  


Ozenbaugh, I.C., Thalken, J., Logan, S., Stellino, M.B., Massey, W.V.  (2022)  Parents’ perceptions of school recess policies and practices  BMC Public Health  22
Ramstetter, C.L., Baines, E., Brickman, C.W., Hyndman, B., Jarrett, O.S., London, R.A., Massey, W.J., McNamara, L., Murray, R., Rhea, D.J.  (2022)  Recess in the 21st Century Post‐COVID World  Journal of School Health  92(10)


Thalken J, Massey WV, Szarabajko A, Ozenbaugh I, Neilson L. From policy to practice: Examining the role of recess in elementary school. Public Health in Practice. 2021;2:100091. doi:10.1016/j.puhip.2021.100091.

Massey WV, Szarabajko A, Thalken J, Perez D, Mullen SP. Memories of school recess predict physical activity enjoyment and social-emotional well-being in adults. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 2021;55:101948. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.101948.

Perez D, Thalken JK, Ughelu NE, Knight CJ, Massey WV. Nowhere to Go: Parents' Descriptions of Children's Physical Activity During a Global Pandemic. Front Public Health. 2021;9:642932. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.642932.

Massey WV, Thalken J, Szarabajko A, Neilson L, Geldhof GJ. Recess Quality and Social and Behavioral Health in Elementary School Students. Journal of School Health. 2021. doi:10.1111/josh.13065.


McLoughlin GM, Massey WV, Lane HG, Calvert HG, Turner L, Hager ER. Recess as a practical strategy to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model in schools. Health Education Journal. 2020:1-11. doi:10.1177/0017896920959359.

Massey WV, Perez D, Neilson L, Thalken J, Szarabajko A. Observations from the playground: Common problems and potential solutions for school-based recessObjective:Design:Setting:Method:Results:Conclusion:. Health Education Journal. 2020. doi:10.1177/0017896920973691.

Massey WV, Williams TL. Sporting Activities for Individuals Who Experienced Trauma During Their Youth: A Meta-Study. Qual Health Res. 2020;30(1):73-87. doi:10.1177/1049732319849563. PubMed: 31154911

Massey WV, Stellino MB, Hayden L, Thalken J. Examination of the Responsiveness of the Great Recess Framework-Observational Tool. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(1). doi:10.3390/ijerph17010225. PubMed: 31905598

McNamara L, London R, Ramstetter C, et al. School re-opening?: Make sure children have time for daily recess. Global Recess Alliance; 2020. Available at:

Massey WV, Stellino MB, Geldhof GJ. An observational study of recess quality and physical activity in urban primary schools. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):792. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-08849-5. PubMed: 32460860

Massey WV, Whitley MA. The Talent Paradox: Disenchantment, Disengagement, and Damage Through Sport. Sociology of Sport Journal. 2020:1 - 11. doi:10.1123/ssj.2019-0159.

Logan SW, Feldner HA, Bogart KR, et al. Perceived Barriers Before and After a 3-Month Period of Modified Ride-On Car Use. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2020;32(3):243-248. doi:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000711. PubMed: 32604369


Whitley MA, Massey WV, Camiré M, Boutet M, Borbee A. Sport-based youth development interventions in the United States: a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):89. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6387-z. PubMed: 30658607

Whitley MA, Massey WV, Camiré M, et al. A systematic review of sport for development interventions across six global cities. Sport Management Review. 2019;22(2):181 - 193. doi:10.1016/j.smr.2018.06.013.

Phansikar M, Ashrafi SAnjum, Khan NA, Massey WV, Mullen SP. Active Commute in Relation to Cognition and Academic Achievement in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Future Recommendations. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(24). doi:10.3390/ijerph16245103. PubMed: 31847267


Massey WV, Stellino MB, Fraser M. Individual and environmental correlates of school-based recess engagement. Prev Med Rep. 2018;11:247-253. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.07.005. PubMed: 30094127

Whitley MA, Massey WV, Wilkison M. A systems theory of development through sport for traumatized and disadvantaged youth. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 2018;38:116 - 125. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.06.004.

Whitley MA, Massey WV. Navigating tensions in qualitative research: methodology, geography, personality and beyond. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 2018;514175644(2):1 - 12. doi:10.1080/2159676X.2018.1470559.

Massey WV, Ku B, Stellino MB. Observations of playground play during elementary school recess. BMC Res Notes. 2018;11(1):755. doi:10.1186/s13104-018-3861-0. PubMed: 30352612

Massey WV, Stellino MB, Mullen SP, Claassen J, Wilkison M. Development of the great recess framework - observational tool to measure contextual and behavioral components of elementary school recess. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):394. doi:10.1186/s12889-018-5295-y. PubMed: 29566675

Massey WV, Stellino MB, Claassen J, Dykstra S, Henning A. Evidence-based Strategies for Socially, Emotionally and Physically Beneficial School Recess. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 2018;89(5):48 - 52. doi:10.1080/07303084.2018.1440266.

Massey WV, Stellino MBabkes, Wilkison M, Whitley M. The Impact of a Recess-Based Leadership Program on Urban Elementary School Students. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 2018;30358(123):45 - 63. doi:10.1080/10413200.2017.1318417.


Gnacinski SL, Massey WV, Hess CW, Nai MM, Arvinen-Barrow M, Meyer BB. Examining Stage of Change Differences in NCAA Student-Athletes’ Readiness for Psychological Skills Training. The Sport Psychologist. 2017;31(4):356 - 368. doi:10.1123/tsp.2016-0139.