My Phung (Jenny) O, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Kinesiology/Director of Center for Student Research Scholar's Program



Phone: 510-885-2907

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Sport and performance psychology, adult learning and performance, motor learning, undergraduate student research, high impact practices, group dynamics, leadership


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.