Faculty & Staff


John G.H. Dunn, PhD


Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

Ph.D. (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1998
M.A. (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1992
P.G.C.E. (Physical Education), Loughborough University, 1988
B.Sc. (PE, Sport Science, & Rec. Mgt.), Loughborough University, 1987


Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland (and I still have an accent…albeit with a Canadian “twang”). I have been a full-time member of the academic staff in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the U of A since 1998. In addition to my regular teaching and research responsibilities at the U of A, during the past two decades I have been heavily involved in the provision of mental training support to elite performers. I have worked with Canadian national team athletes in the sports of curling, biathlon, alpine skiing, water polo, and field hockey. I was a member of the Canadian support staff at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games. I have also provided mental training support to various branches of the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian law enforcement agencies, and three professional teams in the National Hockey League.



My primary research interests lie in the field of sport psychology. My research typically focusses on a wide variety of personality-, cognitive-, and emotional-constructs that are frequently associated with performance in elite sport (e.g., perfectionism, worry, anger). I have a secondary interest in psychometrics and the processes surrounding the development of self-report instruments that are used to measure psychological constructs in sport.  


PEDS.109 (Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation)
PEDS.303 (Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity)
PEDS.338 (Physical Activity and Sport for Children)
PEDS.544 (Psychosocial Dimensions of Athletic Behaviour in the Competitive Sport Environment)