Todd A. Gilson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research, Resources and Innovation Professor


Research Interests

  • Effective leadership in high-expectancy conditions.
  • Relationship of confidence and performance.
  • Motivation within achievement contexts.
  • Athletic experiences.


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • M.S. Oregon State University, Human Performance
  • B.S. Ohio Northern University, Sport Management

Selected Publications

Peer-review Articles

  • Guillén, F., Feltz, D. L., Gilson, T. A., and Dithurbide, L. (2019). Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the referee self-efficacy scale (REFS). Journal of Sport Psychology, 28, 15-24.
  • Chow, G. M., and Gilson, T. A. (2018). Inventories: Using objective measures. In J. Taylor (Ed.). Assessment in sport psychology consulting (pp. 83-99). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Mead, J., Gilson, T. A., and Henning, M. B. (2017). An ethnographic person-centered study of leadership development in high school basketball team captains. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 11, 216-241.
  • Lochbaum, M., Jean-Noel, J., Pinar, C., and Gilson, T. A. (2017). A meta-analytic review of Elliot’s (1999) Hierarchical Model of Approach and Avoidance Motivation in the sport, physical activity, and physical education literature. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 6, 68-80.
  • Gilson, T. A., Dix, M. A., and Lochbaum, M. (2017). ‘Drive on:’ The relationship between psychological variables and effective squad leadership. Military Psychology, 29, 58-67.

Courses Taught

  • KNPE 310 - Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
  • KNPE 393 - Social Aspects of Sport
  • KNPE 399 - Mental Toughness for Sport and Exercise
  • KNPE 582 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • KNPE 583 - Psychology of Coaching
  • KNPE 586 - Sport: Culture and Society

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