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Dan Gould is a widely published sport psychology scholar and director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University (MSU). He will deliver the second annual Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture, "Sport Parents: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Western Illinois University.


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Photo Courtesy of the Visual Production Center Cheryl J. Cohen, WIU professor emeritus, endowed the first lecture series in WIU's College of Education and Human Services

Renowned Applied Sport Psychologist to Deliver Second Cohen Lecture Sept. 29

September 21, 2009


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MACOMB, IL - - A widely published sport psychology scholar and director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University (MSU) will deliver the second annual Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture next week at Western Illinois University. Dan Gould, who is also a professor in MSU's kinesiology department, has authored or co-authored more than 100 scholarly publications.

He will present "Sport Parents: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" at the kinesiology department's Cohen Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Sandburg Theatre in the University Union. A reception in the Sandburg Lounge will follow the lecture event.

Provided to WIU through an endowment from Cheryl Cohen, WIU professor emeritus, the Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture is the first endowed lecture series for the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) at Western. It is scheduled to occur every fall semester and kicked off its inaugural year in 2008.

Laura Finch, kinesiology professor at Western and who had Gould as her doctoral adviser, noted that COEHS and WIU's kinesiology department is fortunate to have Gould speak in the second year of the Cohen Lecture series.

"Dan is a phenomenal adviser and mentor, a motivating teacher, a world-renowned researcher and applied sport psychologist and a consummate professional," Finch said.

Finch added that Gould is an engaging speaker who bridges the gap between research and practice.

"His talk will be based on his research and applied sport psychology experience in settings ranging from youth sports through the Olympics. Dan will also provide the audience with numerous practical ideas for working in youth sport environments," she noted.

According to Jennie Hemingway, director of development in Western's COEHS, the focus of the annual Cohen Lecture will alternate every year between exercise physiology and sport psychology.

"Although Cheryl retired in 2006 after nearly 30 years of service, with her endowment, she will continue to provide Western's kinesiology faculty, staff and undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members, with a preeminent learning opportunity on WIU's campus every year," Hemingway added.

The first Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture featured WIU alumna Ellen Evans, associate professor in the kinesiology and community health department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and director of UIUC's bone and body composition laboratory.

For Cohen, the endowed lecture series provides a way to continue a connection to kinesiology students, as well as a learning opportunity for faculty, staff and even the community. 


"Although sport psychology is not in my particular area of study, I know of Dr. Gould's distinguished record of scholarship and talent as a public speaker. I'm looking forward to his public lecture, and I encourage members of the WIU and Macomb communities to attend," Cohen said.

For more information, contact Dana Moon, assistant to the COEHS dean, at (309) 298-1690 or DM-Moon@wiu.edu.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg (TE-Koltzenburg@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations