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Katherine Tamminen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

University of Toronto
55 Harbord St.
Phone: 416-946-4068


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Katherine Tamminen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.

Katherine’s research focuses on two main areas: youth sport, and processes of stress, coping, and emotion in sport. Her first area of research examines the experiences of young athletes as well as the influence of parents and coaches in youth sport settings. Her second area of research examines processes of stress and coping among athletes at recreational, competitive, and elite levels. She is currently conducting research on interpersonal emotion regulation and social processes of coping in team sports, to understand how athletes' coping impacts their teammates and how it contributes to sport enjoyment, commitment, and team cohesion. Katherine’s qualitative research includes ethnographic, phenomenological, grounded theory, and narrative approaches. Within her work she has used a variety of methods of data collection including participant observation, interviews, focus groups, and the use of audio and video diaries with participants in youth sport and elite sport settings. She is an Associate Editor for International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and she serves as a reviewer for journals such as Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, and Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. In addition to her research in sport psychology, Katherine also works as a sport psychology consultant with recreational to high-performance athletes in a variety of sports including soccer, hockey, curling, volleyball, figure skating, basketball, and dance.

Research Interests

Katherine’s research interests include: stress, coping, and emotion in sport, interpersonal emotion regulation, social functions of emotions in sport, youth sport, and qualitative research methodologies.

CQ Teaching

Katherine teaches courses on sport psychology, stress and coping, and qualitative research methods in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her course, Qualitative Inquiry in Sport and Physical Activity (EXS5536) is offered as a PhD level graduate class.

Sample Publications

A full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar:

Tamminen, K. A., Palmateer, T. M., Denton, M., Sabiston, C., Crocker, P. R. E., Eys, M., & Smith, B. (2016). Exploring emotions as social phenomena among Canadian varsity athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 27, 28-38. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.07.010

Tamminen, K. A., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2013). “I control my own emotions for the sake of the team”: Emotional self-regulation and interpersonal emotion regulation among female high-performance curlers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 737-747. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.05.002

Tamminen, K.A., Holt, N.L, & Neely, K. C. (2013). Exploring adversity and the potential for growth among elite female athletes. Psychology of Sport & Exercise,14, 28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.07.002

Tamminen, K. A., & Holt, N. L. (2012). Adolescent athletes' learning about coping and the roles of parents and coaches. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13, 69-79. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.07.006

Tamminen, K.A., & Holt, N. L. (2010). A meta-study of qualitative research examining stressor appraisals and coping among adolescents in sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28, 1563-1580. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2010.512642

Holt, N. L., & Tamminen, K.A. (2010). Moving forward with grounded theory in sport and exercise psychology. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 11, 419-422. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.07.009

Holt, N. L., & Tamminen, K.A. (2010). Improving grounded theory research in sport and exercise psychology: Further reflections as a response to Mike Weed. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11, 405-413.  doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.12.002

Tamminen, K.A., & Holt, N. L. (2010). Female adolescent athletes’ coping: A season long investigation. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28, 101-114.

Holt, N. L., Tamminen, K.A., Black, D. E., Mandigo, J. L., & Fox, K. R. (2009). Youth sport parenting styles and practices. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 31, 37-59.

Holt, N. L., Black, D. E., Tamminen, K.A., Mandigo, J. L., & Fox, K. R. (2008). Levels of social complexity and dimensions of peer experience in youth sport. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 30, 412-432.

Holt, N. L., Knight, C. J., & Tamminen, K. A. (2012). Grounded theory. In K. Armour & D. MacDonald (Eds.), Research methods in physical education and sport (pp. 276-294).  London: Routledge.