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Jenny O, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

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Jenny  O, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Kinesiology

Dr. O focuses on enhancing student learning, development, and experience by challenging students to become meaningfully engaged in their course work and extracurricular activities. Her courses include many hands-on-learning components which allow students to observe newly learned concepts, research evidence, and theories in action. She is the co-founder and faculty mentor of the Kinesiology Research Group (KRG), a student research group which uses authentic outside-of-the-classroom research experiences as a vehicle to develop disciplinary expertise as well as various 21st century skills such as: communication, teamwork, leadership, timeliness, professional courtesy, and self-regulation skills.

1) Examining mental skills and psychological factors (e.g., imagery/visualization, observational learning/modeling, attention, motivation) in the context of learning, performance, and intervention in sport and physical activity.

2) Examining the efficacy of different approaches in enhancing student and/or athlete learning, development, or intervention.

3) Examining the transferability of mental skills from sport to other life performance domains (e.g., work, school, social relationships).

  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology), The University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  • M.Sc. in Human Kinetics (Sport Psychology), University of Windsor (Canada)
  • H.B.P.H.E. in Human Kinetics (Sport and Physical Education), Laurentian University (Canada)
Fall Semester 2018
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
KIN 30801Psych of Physical ActivityMW8:00AM9:15AMMI-2106Hayward Campus View Books
KIN 3081APsych of Physical ActivityM10:00AM12:40PMAE-0153Hayward Campus View Books
KIN 49001Independent StudyARRARRHayward Campus View Books
KIN 69001Independent StudyARRARRHayward Campus View Books

* = student (Undergraduate or Graduate)

** = CSUEB student (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Note: First author is the primary author/researcher

Peer-Reviewed Publications 

Yingling, V., Castro, D.A.**, Duong, J.T.**, Malpartida, F.J.**, Usher, J.R.**, & O, J. (2018). The reliability of vertical jump tests between the Vertec and MyJump phone application. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4669.

 Yingling, V. R., Webb, S., Inouye, C., O, J., & Sherwood, J. J. (2017). Muscle power predicts bone strength in Division II athletes. Accepted for publication in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, [Epub ahead of print 29 August 2017]. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002222.

 Murgia, M., Prpic, V., O, J., McCullagh, P., Santoro, I., Galmonte, A., & Agostini, T. (2017). Modality and perceptual-motor experience influence the detection of temporal deviations in tap dance sequences. Accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology, [Epub 2 August 2017]. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01340.

O, J., Sherwood, J., & Yingling, V. (2016). Partnering Undergraduate Research and Service-learning Programs at a Teaching University. Quest, published online, pp. 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/00336297.2016.1226908

 Gregg, M.J., O, J., & Hall, C.R. (2016). Examining the relationship between athletes' achievement goal orientation and ability to employ imagery.  Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 24, pp. 140-146. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.01.006

 *Westlund, N., *Devine, A., O, J., & Law, B. (2015). Considerations for conducting imagery interventions in physical education settings.  Journal of Imagery Research in Sport, 10(1), pp. 31-47. DOI: 10.1515/jirspa-2015-0001

O, J., Rymal, A., & Law, B. (2015). Now hear this: Auditory imagery may be an overlooked component of imagery interventions. The Open Psychology Journal, 8, pp. 203-211. DOI: 10.2174/1874350101508010171

O, J., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., Hall, N.D., & Hall, C.R. (2013). The effect of an MG-M imagery intervention with youth squash players.  Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26(4). DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2013.778914.

O, J., & Hall, C.  (2013).  Does Speed Matter? A Qualitative Analysis of the ‘Why’ of Athletes’ Voluntary Image Speed Use.  Journal of Imagery Research in Sport. 8(1). DOI: 10.1515/jirspa-2012-0004

Ste-Marie, D., Law, B., Rymal, M., O, J., Hall, C., & McCullagh, P.  (2012). Observation interventions for motor skill learning and performance: An applied model for the use of observation.  International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, iFirst article, 1-32. DOI:10.1080/1750984X.2012.665076.

Duncan, L., Hall, C.R., Wilson, P., & O, J. (2010). Exercise motivation: a cross-sectional analysis examining its relationships with frequency, intensity, and duration of exercise. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7(7), DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-7-7.

O, J., & Hall, C.R. (2009). Image speed: A quantitative analysis of athletes’ slow motion, real time, and fast motion imagery use. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 15-30, DOI: 10.1080/10413200802541892

O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K.J. (2008). The effects of image speed on the performance of a soccer task. The Sport Psychologist, 22, 1-17, DOI:10.1080/1750984X.2011.623787

Munroe-Chandler, K. J., Hall, C. R., Fishburne, G., O, J., & Hall, N. (2007). The content of imagery use in youth sport. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5, 158-174, DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2007.9671817

Other Publications

 Simons, J., O, J., Yin, Z., & McCullagh, P. (2017).  Introduction to Sport Psychology.  In T.G. Reeve (Ed.).  Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Recreation. Beijing, China: Education Science Publishing House.   

 Gregg, M., Law, B., O, J., Davies, K.  (2012).  Understanding Sport Psychology: Activities for Putting it All Together.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

 Wallace, S.A., Anderson, D.I., Stewart, C., & O, J.  (2012).  Introduction to Kinesiology (Lab Manual).  San Diego, CA: Cognella.


Manuscripts under Review

 O, J., **Ely, F.O., & Magalas, S. Increasing representative research design in an image speed intervention. Manuscript under review, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (UASP-2017-2305).

 Law, B., Post, P., O, J., & McCullagh, P. Video-based Observation in Sport: From ‘Forgotten’ to Ubiquitous. Manuscript under review, Journal of Sport Psychology in Action (USPA-2017-0060).


Manuscripts in Progress

 **Ely, F.O., O, J. , **Tapia, O.A., **Cesena, M.R., **Mouat IV, J.C., & **Ylanan, R.S. #Motivation: Examining motivational aspects of, and physical activity associations with, fitness-related social media activity. Manuscript in preparation. To be submitted to:  Journal of Social Media in Society.

 O, J., Ely, F., & **Hall, B. Using mental skills to enhance engagement in deliberate practice among collegiate baseball players. Manuscript in preparation. To be submitted to: Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

 O, J., Usher, J.R.**, Castro, D.A.**, Duong, J.T.**, Malpartida, F.J.**, & Yingling, V. Does the external focusing effect hold for discrete motor skills? Manuscript in preparation. To be submitted to: Journal of Motor Behavior.

 Carson, J., Patrrella, J.K., Wohl, T., Yingling, V., Sherwood, J., & O, J. Engaging Kinesiology students in undergraduate research at teaching-intensive universities. Manuscript in preparation. To be submitted to: Kinesiology Review.


Granting Agency



“Conference attendance for Kinesiology Majors”

California State University, East Bay; A2E2 Enhanced Instructionally Related Activities (EIRA) award



Provost’s Award: Outstanding Mentor of Students

California State University, East Bay



“Conference attendance for Kinesiology Majors”

California State University, East Bay; A2E2 Enhanced Instructionally Related Activities (EIRA) award



“An Examination of the Transferability of Psychological Skills”

California State University, East Bay; Faculty Support Grant



Director, Center for Student Research (2017-Present)

Interim Director, Center for Student Research (2017-2017)

Chair, Committee on Research (2016-2017)

Faculty Mentor, Kinesiology Initiative (2015-present)

Co-Founder and Faculty Mentor, Kinesiology Research Group (2013-present)

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