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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. She is also the current Director of Cal State East Bay's Center for Student Research Scholar's Program, a campus-wide student development program focused on helping students develop academic, personal, and professional skills in preparation for graduate school and the professional world. 

As someone who credits much of her own learning and development to exceptional faculty mentors, Dr. O is passionate about student mentoring and actively mentors KRGers and CSR Scholars (student-researchers) from a variety of majors, undergraduate and graduate students in Kinesiology, as well as Pioneer student-athletes. 

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 (London, Canada)
  • M.Sc. in Human Kinetics (Sport Psychology), University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada)
  • Honors, B.Sc. in Human Kinetics (Sport and Physical Education), Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada)
Spring Semester 2019
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
KIN 30801Psych of Physical ActivityMW8:00AM9:15AMAE-0239Hayward Campus View Books
KIN 3081APsych of Physical ActivityM10:00AM12:40PMAE-0153Hayward Campus View Books

* = student (Undergraduate or Graduate)

** = CSUEB student (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Note: First author is the primary author/researcher

Peer-Reviewed Publications 


O, J., **Ely, F.O., & Magalas, S. (November 2018). It’s all about timing: An imagery intervention examining multiple image speed combinations. Accepted for publication, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (UASP-2017-2305).

 Carson, J., Patrella, J.K., Wohl, T., Yingling, V., Sherwood, J., & O, J. (2018). Promoting Quality Undergraduate Education in Kinesiology. Kinesiology Review, 7, pp. 305-313. DOI:

 Law, B., Post, P., O, J., & McCullagh, P. (2018). Video-based Observation in Sport: From ‘Forgotten’ to Ubiquitous. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, DOI:

 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. PeerJ, published online, 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



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.


Research in Progress

 **Bondoc, K., **Romero, C., **Gyan, N., **Padilla, C., & O, J. & Ely, F. #knowledgeconstruction: An exploration of adults’ use of social media as a resource for learning about exercise methods and nutrition.

 **Damian, S., *Balvaneda, K., O, J. & Rymal, M. Examining the research-to-practice gap: How much research alignment is needed in implementing observational learning interventions?

 **McNulty, L & O, J. But what about the differences?! A discussion and review of societal barriers to inclusive sport participation among men and women.

 Rymal, A., O, J., & **Cesena, M. Examining the effect of mirrored self-modeling on non-dominant hand free-throw shooting self-efficacy and performance in college-aged adults.


Granting Agency



California State University-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP)

National Science Foundation



Center for Student Research; Academic Access, Enhancement, & Excellence-University Activities and Programs (A2E2) programmatic grant

California State University, East Bay



California State University-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP; grant # HRD-1302873)

National Science Foundation



Center for Student Research; Academic Access, Enhancement, & Excellence-University Activities and Programs (A2E2) programmatic grant

California State University, East Bay



California State University-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP; grant # HRD-1302873)

National Science Foundation



“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



“Investigating the Transfer of Imagery Skills in a Physical Education Setting” (3-year Research Grant )

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)



Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)

The University of Western Ontario




Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Scholarship

The University of Western Ontario




Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Government of Ontario



University of Windsor Human Kinetics Graduate Alumni Award

University of Windsor



University of Windsor Postgraduate Tuition Scholarship

University of Windsor




Department Level

 Kinesiology Research Group (KRG) Co-Founder and Mentor                                                 2013-Present

 Member, Retention Committee                                                                                                     2018-2019

 Chair, Retention Committee                                                                                                          2016-2017

Faculty Representative, Faculty-Staff Advisory Team                                                                    2016-2017

Tenure-Track Search Committee (Biomechanics)                                                                          2016-2017

Sport Psychology and Motor Learning Lab Director                                                                      2015-2016

Kinesiology Initiative (KI) Co-Founder and Mentor                                                                    2015-Present

‘KIN Club’ Facilitator                                                                                                                   2010-Present

Tenure-Track Search Committee Member (Exercise Physiology)                                                  2013-2014

Department Chair Search Committee                                                                                             2013-2014

Tenure-Track Search Committee (Measurement and Evaluation)                                                           2013

Tenure-Track Search Committee (Physical Activity Specialist)                                                                2013

Tenure-Track Search Committee (Biomechanics)                                                                                    2013

 1.0 Lecturer Search Committee (Exercise Physiology)                                                                           2013



College Level

Invited presentation for Executive Vice President Blanchard of the CSU Chancellor’s Office

“Engaging students and enhancing learning through innovative research and teaching approaches”    2015

 CEAS Spring Forum; Invited Speaker

“Taking off the blinders: Integrating teaching, research, and, service”                                                      2014

 Internal Collaboration Committee                                                                                                    2013-2014

A2E2 Funding Departing Representative                                                                                          2011-2013

Department PSLO Assessment                                                                                                        2012-2013


University level

Director, Center for Student Research                                                                                           2017-Present

 Pioneers Sport Psychology Consultations                                                                                    2009-Present

 Member, Office of Diversity faculty think tank group                                                                         2018-2019         

 Member, Committee to evaluate

Provost’s 3WTU per semester release time program                                                                        2018-2019

Co-Presenter, Open Access Week

“Open Access Science: What is it?”                                                                                                            2018

Forever Pioneer Weekend

CSR Tabling and student engagement                                                                                                        2018

New Faculty Orientation, Roundtable discussant                                                                                        2018

Back to the Bay Presenter

"Undergraduate research as a student learning & development tool”                                                         2018 

Interim Director, Center for Student Research                                                                                    2016-2017

Ex-Officio Member, Academic Senate                                                                                                2016-2017

Ex-Officio Member, Institutional Review Board,

CSUEB Office of Research and Sponsored Programs                                                                       2016-2017

Committee on Research Representative, FAC Appeals Subcommittee                                             2016-2017

Chair, Committee on Research                                                                                                           2016-2017

Committee on Research                                                                                                                     2013-2016

Pioneer Chalk Talks (Sport Psychology talks for Pioneers)                                                                2013-2015 

Member, Honors Program Advisory Council, CEAS Representative                                                  2012-2014

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