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






I received my PhD from Indiana University and joined the LSU School of Kinesiology faculty in 2007. I am currently an Associate Professor and division leader of the Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences program area of study. My research investigates motivational and emotional determinants of physical activity, motor skill performance, learning, and psychological well-being. I have a strong interest in exploring substantive methodological issues associated with the application of motivational theory in natural settings. A secondary research focus explores the use of schools as a point of intervention for children’s health and well-being. I have been highly engaged in professional service with organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and currently serve on multiple editorial boards. I have also been very active in mentoring graduate students at LSU with interests in pedagogy and the psychology of physical activity. 

Awards & Honors:

Karen Wax Schmitt and Family Endowed Professorship in the College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University.

2017 LSU College of Human Sciences and Education Distinguished Research Award

2014 University of Wyoming College of Health Science Division of Kinesiology and Health Alumnus of the Year

Selective Publications:

Garn, A.C., Simonton, K., Dasinger, T., & Simonton, A. (2017). Predicting changes in student engagement in university physical education:  Application of control-value theory of achievement emotions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 29, 93–102.

Garn, A.C. (2017). Student physical self-concept beliefs. In C. Ennis (Ed.). Handbook on Physical Education. New York, NY: Routledge. 

Garn, A.C., Martin, J. J., Byrd, B., & McCaughtry, N. (2017). Underserved urban minority children: Overcoming the challenges and enhancing the benefits of engaging in physical activity. In A.J.S. Morin, C. Maïano, D. Tracey, & R.G. Craven (Eds.). International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Garn, A.C., Morin, A.J.S., Martin, J., Centeio, E., Shen, B., Kulik, N., Somers, C., & McCaughtry, N. (2016). A reciprocal effects model of children’s body fat self-concept: Relations with physical self-concept and physical activity. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, 255–267.

Garn, A.C., Centeio, E, Martin, J., Shen, B., & McCaughtry, N. (2016). A moderated-mediation of children’s physical activity enjoyment. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 428–438.


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