CV

Last full update, Fall 2012
(for an up-to-date copy, please contact me via e-mail)

Education

Doctor of Philosopy, Michigan State University (2014)

  • Department of Kinesiology, Psychosocial Aspects of Sport Concentration
  • Advisor: Dr. Dan Gould
  • Dissertation: A formative, utilization-focused evaluation of USA Swimming’s Foundations of Coaching program

Master of Arts, Minnesota State University Mankato (May 2010) 

  • Department of Human Performance, Psychological Aspects of Sport
  • Advisor: Dr. Cindra Kamphoff
  • Thesis: The Development of Mental Toughness in Swimming


Bachelor of Arts, Ithaca College (September 2000) 

  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Minor: Applied Exercise Science
  • Advisor: Dr. Vicki Cameron

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Published or In-Revision)

  • Driska, A. P., Kamphoff, C. S., & Armentrout, S. M. (in press). Elite Swimming Coaches’ Perceptions of Mental Toughness. The Sport Psychologist.
  • Kamphoff, C. S., Armentrout, S. M., & Driska, A. (2010). The Token Female: Women’s Experiences as Division I Collegiate Head Coaches of Men’s Teams. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 3, 297-315.

Conference Presentations

  • Driska, A. P., Cowburn, I. H. J., & Gould, D. R. (2011). Elite Swimmers’ Perceptions of Mental Toughness Development. Midwest Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Oxford, OH.
  • Driska, A. P., Kamphoff, C. S., & Armentrout, S. M. (2010). How Is Mental Toughness Developed in Swimming? The Perceptions of Elite Swimming Coaches. Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Providence, RI.
  • Driska, A. P. (2010). The Attributes and Development of Mental Toughness in Swimming. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Graduate Research Conference, Mankato, MN.
  • Kamphoff, C. S., Armentrout, S. M., Driska, A. P., & Daniels, C. (2009) The Experiences of Female Division I Head Coaches of Men’s Teams. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Tampa, FL.

Guest Lectures

  • Driska, A. P. (2011). NWCA Leadership Academy, Online Course Overview (given to visiting scholars from the Korea National Sport University). Guest Lecture, Michigan State University.
  • Driska, A. P. (2011). Mental toughness in sport: Lessons for coaches. KIN 300 Guest Lecture, Michigan State University.
  • Driska, A. P. (2011). Sport and Media. KIN 445 Guest Lecture, Michigan State University.
  • Driska, A. P., & Knutsen, R. (2009, fall semester). Sport Psychology Strategies for Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Senior Seminar. Guest Lecture. Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Driska, A. P. (2009). The Field of Sport Psychology. Survey of Careers in Human Performance, Human Performance 190. Guest Lecture, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Driska, A. P. (2008). The Field of Sport Psychology. Survey of Careers in Human Performance, Human Performance 190. Guest Lecture, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Teaching Experience

Michigan State University – Department of Kinesiology – Graduate Teaching Assistant

Kinesiology Core Courses

Physical Growth and Motor Behavior – KIN 360 (Fall 2011, Spring 2012)

  • Implemented hybrid instruction model with online assessment linked to classroom instruction
  • Students engage in competitive team presentations on three topics related to motor development

Principles of Coaching II – KIN 401 (Spring 2012)

  • Psychosocial, physical growth, and motor development aspects of sport coaching
  • Students employ a pre/post model of reflection when writing their coaching philosophies
  • Students create a coaching blog as a means for reflection and sharing of their coaching philosophies
Basic Instruction Program Courses
    • Swimming I (2011 – 2012)
    • Swimming II (2011)
    • Racquetball I (2010 – 2011)
    • General Conditioning I (Fall 2010)

Minnesota State University Mankato – Dept. of Human Performance – Co-Teaching Intern

Psychology of Coaching – HP570 (Fall 2008)

    • Lectures included motivation in sport, awareness for sport, and self-confidence in sport
    • Participated and helped direct in-class discussions and small-group proceedings
    • Graded weekly reading responses to course readings
    • Helped to select relevant course readings and design group projects
    • Proctored undergraduate exams

Hope Charter High School – Philadelphia, PA

Hope Charter High School serves at-risk students in a high school setting designed for special education and foster-care students

    • 12th Grade Biology (2004-2005)
    • 11th Grade Chemistry (2003-2005)
    • 9th Grade Physical Science (2003-2004)

Project H.O.M.E., St. Elizabeth’s Youth Center – Philadelphia, PA

Project H.O.M.E. provides extra-curricular educational and technological programming for under-served youth

    • Taught summer web-design class (2003) for students ages 11-15 designed to increase technological literacy

Supervised Consulting in Sport Psychology

Michigan State University, Department of Kinesiology (Aug. 2010 – Present)

  • Consulted and taught performance enhancement skills to intercollegiate-level athletes
  • Consulted with intercollegiate-level coaches regarding team cohesion and motivation
  • Met bi-weekly with university staff and doctoral/masters students who consulted with intercollegiate athletic teams

Minnesota State University Mankato, Department of Human Performance (Jan. 2008 – May 2010)

  • Consulted and taught performance enhancement skills to intercollegiate-level athletes
  • Researched and planned interventions to teach goal setting, imagery, focusing strategies, self-talk strategies, self-confidence assessments, and contingency plan creation
  • Met monthly with university staff and masters students who consulted with intercollegiate athletic teams
  • Produced imagery videos

Research

Research Experience

Michigan State University, Department of Kinesiology 
Research Assistant, August 2010 – Present
Dr. Dan Gould, Faculty Supervisor

  • Produced videos for an online coach education module, constructed from interviews with experienced wrestling coaches
  • Attended 2010 National Wrestling Coaches Association Coach’s Leadership Academy (Delray Beach, Florida)

Minnesota State University Mankato, Department of Human Performance 
Sport Psychology Research Team, 2008-2010
Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Faculty Supervisor

  • Transcribed and analyzed interviews for qualitative research studies

Research in Progress

Elite Swimmers’ Perceptions of Mental Toughness Development

Research Interests & Questions

  • How do swimmers develop mental toughness?
  • How can swim coaches develop mentally tough swimmers and teach life skills, without burning-out swimmers?
  • How can technology compliment the unique learning processes that coaches already employ effectively?

Conference and Workshop Attendance

Web Design & Maintenance Experience

Coaching

Minnesota State University Mankato – Mankato, MN
Graduate Assistant Swimming Coach (2007-2010)

  • Coached men and women for a top 25 NCAA Division II swimming program
  • Designed a yearly training program for the distance training group
  • Implemented daily swimming and strength training workouts
  • Recruited prospective student-athletes via telephone and email communication; hosted on-campus visits
  • Developed and managed a children’s learn to swim program for community children to serve the community and fundraise

Springfield Township High School – Erdenheim, PA 
Head Swimming Coach (2005-2007), Volunteer Assistant Coach (2000-2004)

  • Coached boys and girls for a high school swim team
  • Designed a seasonal training plan for all swimmers
  • Implemented daily swimming and conditioning workouts for a range of ability levels, from beginners to state champions


Springfield Township High School – Erdenheim, PA 

Founder & Head Water Polo Coach (2004-2007)

  • Founded a water polo team at the non-varsity level to provide pre-season training and increase athlete recruitment and retention for aquatic sports
  • Taught individual and game skills to a range of ability levels, from beginners to experienced players
  • Scheduled contests, hosted competitions and tournaments, arranged travel, fundraised for equipment purchases

Springfield Aquatic Club – Erdenheim, PA 
Head Age-Group Swimming Coach (2000-2007)

  • Overhauled age-group system to provide a more structured and gradual immersion into competitive swimming for young athletes
  • Implemented daily workouts for age-group swimmers, focusing on the development of proper swimming technique and racing skills

Oreland Swim Club – Oreland, PA 
Assistant Swimming Coach (2001-2007)

  • Implemented workouts for summer swimmers ages 5-18
  • Taught swimming technique to beginning swimmers

Technical Skills & Certifications

Video Production Software

  • Final Cut Pro Studio
  • Motion
  • iMovie
  • iPhoto
  • iDVD
  • HD Videography & Sound
  • Video Production (and YouTube Publishing)

Research Software

  • SPSS
  • Digital Interview Transcription
  • nVivo (qualitative interview coding software)

Internet & Web-Design Software

  • Dreamweaver
  • Raw HTML
  • Google Sites
  • Blogger
  • Online registration and payment software (University packages)

Office Software

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Service

University & Department Service

  • Curriculum committee, graduate student representative, MSU Dept. of Kinesiology (2012 – present)
  • Steward for Kinesiology Graduate Teaching Assistants, MSU Graduate Employees Union (2010 – 2012)
  • Professional Development Chair, MSU Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization (KGSO) (2011-present)
  • Designed online shopping site for KGSO t-shirt sale fundraiser (2012)
  • Member, MSU KGSO Vision Committee (2011)

Professional Service

  • Online registration, payment, and abstract submission chair – Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium(2012)
    • Designed online registration page, conducted registration for 150 attendees
    • Collected 37 abstract submissions from presenters, distributed for blind review
  • Student Website Committee, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), 2009-Present
  • Abstract Reviewer, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), 2008

Community Service

  • Supervisor, Learn to Swim with the Mavericks, Minnesota State University Mankato (2009-2010)
  • Web Design Teacher, Project H.O.M.E./St. Elizabeth’s Youth Center, Philadelphia PA (2003)

Honors

  • Co-Captain, Four Year Varsity Athlete, Ithaca College Men’s Swim Team (1996-2000)
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