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Alex  Garn 
Associate Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1996
Master's Degree: Kinesiology, University of Wyoming, 2000
PhD: Kinesiology, Indiana University, 2007
Phone: 225-578-5954
Fax: 225-578-3680
Office: 137 Huey P. Long Field House

Biography

.Dr. Garn’s research agenda focuses on the achievement motivation of young people in an array of physical activity and learning contexts. His research has examined personal characteristics such as achievement goals, social goals, basic psychological needs, and physical self-concept as well as environmental factors such as physical education curriculum, physically-active video games, and perceptions of the motivational climate in relationship to achievement-oriented outcomes.  Dr. Garn has been active professionally including current editorial board appointments with the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, and the Journal of Advanced Academics. He has also held leadership positions in The American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group - Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.


 

Awards & Honors

 Karen Wax Schmitt and Family Endowed Professorship in the College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University
Research Consortium Fellow: American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance


2012 Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award: American Education Research Association Special Interest Group on Research on Giftedness, Talent and Creativity


2011 Undergraduate Teaching Award: Louisiana State University Tiger Athletic Foundation

Selected Publications

 

Beasley, E., & Garn, A.C. (2013). An investigation of adolescent girls’ global self-concept, physical self-concept, and identified regulation in physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 32, 237-252.

 

Wallhead, T., Garn, A.C., Vidoni, C., & Youngberg, C. (2013). Game play participation of amotivated students during sport education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 32, 149-165.

 

Shen, B., Garn, A.C., McCaughtry, N., Martin, J., & Fahlman, M. M. (2013). Testing factorial invariance of the Amotivation Inventory-Physical Education across gender for urban adolescents. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 17, 208-220.


Garn, A.C., McCaughtry, N., Martin, J., Shen, B., & Fahlman, M. (2012). A basic needs theory investigation of adolescents’ physical self-concept and global self-esteem. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10, 314-328.

 

Garn, A.C., Matthews, M.S., & Jolly, J.L. (2012). The role of parents in gifted and talented children’s academic motivation. Psychology in the Schools, 49, 656-667.

 

Garn, A.C., Baker, B.L., Beasley, E.. & Solmon, M.A. (2012). What are the benefits of a commercial exergaming platform for college students?: Examining physical activity, enjoyment, and future intentions. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 311-318.

 

Falhman, M., McCaughtry, N., Martin, J., Garn, A.C., & Shen, B. (2012). Assessing the eating behaviors of low-income, urban adolescents. American Journal of Health Education, 43, 165-171.
 

Shen, B., McCaughtry, N., Martin, J., Fahlman, M., & Garn, A. C. (2012). Urban high-school girls’ sense of relatedness and their engagement in physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 31, 231-245.

 

Garn, A.C., McCaughtry, N., Shen, B., Martin, J., & Fahlman, M. (2011). Social goals in urban physical education: Relationships with effort and disruptive behavior. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 30, 410-423.

 

Garn, A.C., Cothran, D.J., & Jenkins, J.M. (2011). A qualitative analysis of individual interest in middle school physical education: Perspectives of early-adolescents. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 16, 223-236.

 

Garn, A.C., Ware, D.R., & Solmon, M.A. (2011). Student engagement in high school physical education: Do social motivation orientations matter? Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 30, 84-98.

 

Martin, J., McCaughtry, N., Shen, B., Fahlman, M., Garn, A., & Ferry, M. (2011). Resiliency, control, enjoyment, and physical activity in African American high school students. Sports Science Review, 20, 53-71.

Other

Selected Presentations

 

 

Fischer, M. & Garn, A.C. (2013, October). Basic needs theory in elite ROTC training. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

 


Martin, J., Draugelis, S., Garn, A.C., & Nash, B. (2013, October). Psychosocial predictors of well-being in college dancers. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

 


Garn, A.C., McCaughtry, N., Kulik, N., Kaseta, M., Maljak, K., Whalen, L., Shen, B., Martin, J., & Fahlman, M. (2013, April). A social cognitive investigation of after-school physical activity clubs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

 


*Fischer, M. & Garn, A. C. (2012, October). Cadre and cadets' perspectives of the motivational climate during ROTC physical training. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

 

McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Ferry, M., Martin, J., Shen, B., & Fahlman, M. (June, 2011). The promises and pitfalls of after-school physical activity clubs in promoting physical activity with urban high school students. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, Limmerick, Ireland.

 

Garn, A.C., McCaughtry, N., Shen, B., Martin, J., & Fahlman, M. (2011, April). Social goals, effort, and disruptive behavior in urban physical education: Reports from students and teachers. Invisible college presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

 

Garn, A.C. (2010, May). A cluster analysis approach to exploring 2x2 achievement goal profiles, achievement, & psychological well being in a middle school PE setting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.

 

Garn, A.C., Baker, B. L., & Lee, K. (2010, May). A prospective study of middle school students’ motives and physical activity. Paper presented at the International Self-Determination Theory Conference, Gent, Belgium.

 

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

 

Baker, B., Garn, A. C., & Solmon, M. (2010-2011). Fitnessgram assessments of Louisiana School Children. Subcontract from University of Louisiana-Lafayette. $28,000.

 

Baker, B., Garn, A. C., & Solmon, M. (2009-2010). Fitnessgram assessments of Louisiana School Children. Subcontract from University of Louisiana-Lafayette. $35,000.

 

Curriculum Vitae