Todd A. Gilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Acting Associate Dean of Research, Resources and Innovation


Kinesiology and Physical Education

Research Interests

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


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

Peer-Review Articles

  • Mead, J., and Gilson, T. A. (in press). One high school basketball coach’s self-study of leadership development. Sport Coaching Review.
  • Gilson, T. A., Dix, M. A., and Lochbaum, M. (in press). ‘Drive on:’ The relationship between psychological variables and effective squad leadership. Military Psychology.
  • Chow, G. M., and Gilson, T. A. (in press). Inventories: Using objective measures. In J. Taylor (Ed.). Assessment in sport psychology consulting. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Lochbaum, M., Jean-Noel, J., Pinar, C., and Gilson, T. A. (in press). 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.
  • Gilson, T. A., Latimer, M., and Lochbaum, M. (2015). Post-LDAC reflections of ROTC cadets: Relationship to leadership and performance. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 235-248.

Funded Projects

  • Gilson, T.A. (PI). Personality characteristics of Army ROTC cadets. NIU Research and Artistry Grant, $8,500. Submitted October 2012; Funded at 100 percent.

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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