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 athlete learning, development, or intervention.

  • 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)
Fall Semester 2021
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
KIN 30801Psych of Physical ActivityMW9:30AM10:45AMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
KIN 69001Independent StudyARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus

* = student (Undergraduate or Graduate)

** = CSUEB student (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Note: First author is the primary author/researcher

Peer-Reviewed Publications 

    1. *Ely, F.O., O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K. (2020). Is implementation even possible? How intervention research designs may broaden the research-to-practice gap in sport psychology. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, published online, https://doi.org/10.1080/21520704.2020.1798573.
    2. Yingling, V. R., Webb, S., Inouye, C., O, J., & Sherwood, J. J. (2020). Muscle Power Predicts Bone Strength in Division II Athletes. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 34(6), pp. 1657-1665. 
    3. Sherwood, J.J., Inouye, C., Webb, S.& O, J. (2020). Reliability and Validity of the sit-to-stand as a muscular power measure in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, published online, doi: 10.1123/japa.2019-0133.
    4.  O, J., **Ely, F.O., & Magalas, S. (2019). It’s all about timing: An imagery intervention examining multiple image speed combinations. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 0 (online), pp. 1-21, https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2019.1570391
    5.  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, https://doi.org/10.1123/kr.2018-0038.
    6.  Law, B., Post, P., O, J., & McCullagh, P. (2018). Video-based Observation in Sport: From ‘Forgotten’ to Ubiquitous. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 9(4), 260-270, https://doi.org/10.1080/21520704.2018.1513962.
    7.  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, 10.7717/peerj.4669.
    8.  Yingling, V. R., Webb, S., Inouye, C., O, J., & Sherwood, J. J. (2017). Muscle power predicts bone strength in Division II athletes. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, published online 29 August 2017, 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002222.
    9. 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. Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 8, 1340. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01340.
    10.  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.
    11.  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.
    12.  *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.
    13.  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.
    14.  O, J., Sherwood, J., & Yingling, V. (2014). Partnering Undergraduate Research and Service-learning Programs at a Teaching University. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Mentoring Conference: Developmental networks – Mentoring and coaching at work. Albuquerque, NM: UNM Mentoring Institute.
    15.  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.
    16.  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.
    17.  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.
    18.  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.
    19.  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.
    20.  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.
    21.  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.

  1. Rymal, A., O, J., & Hill, C. (2019). “Look what I can do!” Is feedforward modeling the newest way for coaches and consultants to take advantage of video modeling? Presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology annual conference, Portland, OR, October.
  2. O, J., **Bondoc, K., **Romero, C., **Gyan, N., **Padilla, C. (2019). What good is research if it is not put into practice? An examination of the most frequently reported resources for gathering exercise information. Presented at the Southwest American COllege of Sports Medicine annual conference, Newport Beach, CA, October.
  3. Ely, F.O., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., O, J., McCullagh, P. (2019). The practice of imagery: A review of 25 years of applied sport imagery recommendations. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology annual conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June.
  4. Ely, F. O., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., O, J., McCullagh, P., & Duda, J. L. (2019). The research-to-practice gap in sport psychology: Exploring the challenges faced by researchers, consultants, and coaches. Presented at the European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC) annual conference, Münster, Germany, July.
  5. O, J. (2019). The research-to-practice gap: Challenges that face researchers. Presented at the European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC) annual conference, Münster, Germany, July.
  6. Ely, F. O., Munroe-Chandler, K. J., O, J., McCullagh, P., & Duda, J. L. (2019). Narrowing the research-to-practice gap: Recommendations for researchers, mental performance consultants, and coaches. Presented at the European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC) annual conference, Münster, Germany, July.
  7. O, J., Ely, F. O., **Bondoc, K., **Gyan, N., **Romero, C., & **Padilla, C. (2019). What good is research if it is not put into practice? An examination of the most frequently reported resources for gathering exercise information. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Baltimore, MD, June.
  8. **Ely, F. O., O. J., **Tapia, O. A., & **Huffman, J. (2018). Shortening the research-to-practice gap in sport psychology research: A representative design approach. Presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference, Toronto, ON, October.
  9. **Ely, F.O. & O. J. (2018). Dodgeball Lab: Enhancing student engagement, learning, and professional development through an applied sport psychology course. California State University Teaching Symposium, annual conference, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, April. 
  10. O, J., Wright, E.M., **Ely. F.O., **Hamor, N., Webb, S., & McCullagh, P. (2017). We play dodgeball in sport psych lab?! An innovative approach to enhancing student engagement, learning, and personal and professional development in an applied sport psychology course. Symposium presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference, Orlando, FL, October.
  11. O, J., Webb, S., & McCullagh, P. (2017). Setting the scene: Rationale and overview of the group dynamics laboratory experience. Symposium presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference, Orlando, FL, October.
  12. O, J., Wright, E.M., & **Ely, F.O. (2017). Structured improvisation: Instructor and teaching assistant roles.Symposium presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference, Orlando, FL, October.
  13. **Tapia, O.A., **Cesena, M.R., **Ely, F.O., **Mouat IV, J.C., **Ylanan, R.S., & O, J. (2017) #Motivation: Examining motivational aspects of, and physical activity associations with, fitness-related social media activity. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, San Diego, CA, June.
  14. Rymal, A., & O, J. (2017). “To Edit or Not to Edit… An examination of feed-forward modeling on novice free-throw shooting performance”. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, San Diego, CA, June.
  15. Rymal, A., & O, J. (2016). “To Edit or Not to Edit…That is the Question. A Discussion on the use and Effectiveness of Self-modeling Techniques on Motor Skills Learning”. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January.
  16. Law, B. & O, J. (2015). “Are Sport Skills Life Skills (Part I)? Exploring which domains athletes transfer psychological skills to and why”. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Portland, OR, June.
  17. O, J., & Law, B. (2015). “Are sport skills life skills (Part II)? Which psychological skills learned in sport transfer beyond sport?”. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Portland, OR, June.
  18. O, J. (2015). “Deliberate Learning: A Key to Academic Success”. Closing ceremony speech at the CSUEB American Medical Students Association Conference. April.
  19. O, J. (2015). “Motivation and Goals: Two commonly misunderstood and undervalued success tools”. Verbal presentation at the CSUEB American Medical Students Association Conference. April.  
  20. **Hall, B., **Hamor, N., **Frost, N., & O, J. (2015). “Using imagery and observational learning to elicit deliberate practice: Evidence-based practical recommendations for coaches, P.E. teachers, trainers, and movement therapists”.  Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January.
  21. O, J., Sherwood, J., & Yingling, V. (2014). “Partnering Undergraduate Research and Service-Learning Programs at a Teaching University”. Verbal presentation at the 7th Annual Mentoring Conference: Developmental networks – Mentoring and coaching at work. Albuquerque, NM, October.
  22. **Hamor, N., O, J., & **Strickland, A. (2014). “Examining the Effect of a ‘More-Traditional’ Lecture Style on Transfer of Learning in a Freshman Population”.  Verbal presentation at the CSU Statewide Student Research Competition, Hayward, CA, April.
  23. **Hamor, N., O, J., & **Strickland, A. (2014). “Examining the Effect of a ‘More-Traditional’ Lecture Style on Transfer of Learning in a Freshman Population”.  Verbal presentation at the CSUEB Week of Scholarship Student Research Competition, Hayward, CA, April.
  24. **Hamor, N., O, J., & **Strickland, A. (2014). “Examining the Effect of a ‘More-Traditional’ Lecture Style on Transfer of Learning in a Freshman Population”.  Poster presented at the CSUEB Week of Scholarship Student Research Competition, Hayward, CA, April.
  25. **O, J., Hamor, N., **Strickland, A., & McCullagh, P. (2014). “Teaching for transfer: A critical discussion of a psychological skills training workshop series for a freshman population”.  Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January.
  26. O, J., McCullagh, P, Ste-Marie, D.M., Rymal, A.M., Hall, C., Law, B. (2013). The use of observation in rehabilitation settings: Application of an Applied Model.  Presented at the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, June.
  27. Law, B., Hall, C., *Westlund, N., *Devine, A., Edmunds, A., & O, J.  (2013). Imagine the Possibilities: Children’s Use of Imagery in Physical Education.  Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, New Orleans, LA, June.
  28. O, J. & Law, B. (2013). ‘Sport builds character’: A critical discussion of the development of transferable life skills in the physical education context.  Presented at the California Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAPERD) annual conference, Santa Clara, CA, March.
  29. O, J., McCullagh, P., & Rymal, A. (2013). “Let me show you…”: An applied model for the effective use of demonstrations in teaching.  Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January.
  30. O, J., Duncan, L., & **Webb, S. (2012). Examining patterns and frequencies of self-reported SDT-based motivations to exercise among different TTM-based stages of exercisers.   Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Honolulu, HI, June.
  31. O, J., Law, B., McCullagh, P., *Forrest, C., & **Webb, S. (2012). “Watch this…”: Does the ‘how’ of observation-based intervention matter?  Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Honolulu, HI, June.
  32. Ste-Marie, D. M, Law, B., Rymal, A. M., O, J., Hall, C., & McCullagh, P. (2012). An Applied Model for the Use of Observation.  Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Honolulu, HI, June.
  33. McCullagh, P., Law, B., Ste-Marie, D., Rymal, A., O, J., & Hall, C. (2012).  Presenting an Applied Model for the Use of Observation Interventions in Motor Skill Learning and Performance (Symposium).  Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Honolulu, HI, June.
  34. Rymal, A. & O, J. (2012). Effective Use of Guided Observation in Physical Education.  Presented at the California Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual conference, Pasadena, CA, April.
  35. McCullagh, P, Simons, J., O, J., & Yin, Z.. (2011). History of sport psychology in North America (excerpt from Introduction to sport psychology).   Presented at Soochow University, Jiangsu Province, China, October.
  36. O, J., Hall, C.R., & Magalas, S. (2010). The effects of multiple-image speed intervention on baseball swing mechanics and performance. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Tucson, AZ, June.
  37. O, J., Hall, C.R., & Magalas, S. (2010). The effects of multiple-image speed intervention on baseball swing mechanics and performance. To be presented at the 2010 California Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. Fullerton, CA. April.
  38. O, J., Hall, C.R., & Magalas, S. (2010). The effects of multiple-image speed intervention on baseball swing mechanics and performance. Presented at the California State University East Bay Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit. Hayward, CA. March.
  39. O, J., Hall, C.R., &* Pang, S. (2008). A qualitative analysis of athletes’ use of slow motion, real time, and fast motion images. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Niagara Falls, ON, June.
  40. O, J., Wilson, A.W., & Munroe-Chandler, K.J. (2007). Tenability of the five-function sport imagery measurement model of the SIQ-C in youth ice hockey players. Verbal presentation at Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) annual conference, Windsor, ON, November.
  41. Law, B., O, J., & Hall, C. (2006). Observational learning use and factors influencing its effectiveness in sport. Verbal presentation at Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) annual conference, Halifax, NS, November.
  42. Law, B., O, J., & Hall, C. (2006). Observational learning use and factors influencing its effectiveness in sport. Verbal presentation at Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (ECSEPS), Ottawa, ON, March.
  43. O, J., & Hall, C.R. (2006). Image Speed: A quantitative analysis of athletes’ use of slow motion, real time, and fast motion images. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, Denver, CO, June.
  44. Munroe-Chandler, K. J., Hall, C. R., Fishburne, G., Strachan, L., O, J., & Hall, N. (2006). A qualitative examination of the content of young athletes’ imagery use. Presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity annual conference (NASPSPA), Denver, CO, June.
  45. O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K.J. (2005). Examining image speed within the Generalized Motor Program Theory framework: Is ‘real time’ imagery a necessity?. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) annual conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, November.
  46. O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K.J. (2005). Effects of image speed on the acquisition and performance of a soccer skill. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida, June 2005.
  47. O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K.J. The effects of a cognitive specific imagery and image speed intervention on self-efficacy in a soccer dribbling task. Presented at the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (ECSEPS), University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, March.
  48. O, J., & Munroe-Chandler, K.J. (2004). Consideration of cognitive general and cognitive specific imagery as deliberate practice: A proposed study. Presented at Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (ECSEPS), Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, March.

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