Matthew Vierimaa

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Associate Professor
Email Matthew
Ph:  902-585-1722
Office:  AAC 486

Teaching
  • Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity & Sport
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • The Development of Sport Expertise
  • Positive Youth Development in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Applied Research Methods
Scholarly Expertise
  • Sport coaching and leadership
  • Positive youth development through sport and physical activity
  • Sport psychology
Community Service
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology – Doctoral Dissertation Award Review Committee
  • Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) – Nominating Committee
  • Valley United Soccer Club – Youth Soccer Coach
Publications
  • Shaw, R. B., Giroux, E. E., Gainforth, H. L., McBride, C. B., Vierimaa, M., & Martin Ginis K. A. (2022). Investigating the influence of interaction modality on the communication patterns of spinal cord injury peer mentors. Patient Education and Counseling, 105, 1229-1236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.09.008
  • Dorsch, T. E., Vierimaa, M., Terwillegar, M., Coffman, J., & Shaw, T. (2021). “What’s Our Olympic Legacy?”: A Case Study of One Community’s Efforts to Optimize Youth Sport Programming Following a Mega-Sporting Event. Journal of Olympic Studies, 2, 84-109.
  • Wray, P., Ward, C. K., Nelson, C., Sulzer, S. H., Dakin, C. J., Thompson, B. J., Vierimaa, M., Das Gupta, D., & Bolton, D. A. E. (2021). Pickleball for sedentary mid-life and older adults in rural Utah: A pilot study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 8374.
  • Dorsch T. E., Carr, C., Vierimaa, M., & Ryan Dunn, C. (2021). Utilizing systems theory as a framework for interventions with athletes, parents, teams, and organizations. In D. R. Marks, A. T. Wolanin, & K. M. Shortway (Eds.), The Handbook of Clinical Sport Psychology (pp. 243-257). Routledge.
  • Lawrason, S., Vierimaa, M., & Martin, L. J. (2020). Coach perceptions of the social environment in recreational youth sport. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 51, 197-220.
  • Kim, J., Coleman, T., Godfrey, M., Vierimaa, M., & Eys, M. (2020). The dynamics of informal role development within sport teams: A case study approach. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 48, 101670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101670
  • Budziszewski, R., Graupensperger, S. J., & Vierimaa, M. (2020). Exploring predictors of moral disengagement in collegiate athletic trainers. Journal of Athletic Training, 55, 96-104. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-504-18
Presentations
  • Dunn, C. R., Hardiman, A. L., Dorsch, T. E., Vierimaa, M., & Osai, K. (2022, May 26-28). “We’re paying good money for this”: An examination of sport parents’ views on investment in elite sport participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In M. Babkes-Stellino (Chair), ‘Sport parenting’: Evidence-based understanding of unique and relevant psychosocial experiences. Symposium conducted at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Kona, Hawaii.
  • Hardiman, A. L., Dorsch, T. E., & Vierimaa, M. (2022, May 26-28). An examination of youth sport leaders’ efforts to keep an elite youth volleyball club operational during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In A. L. Hardiman (Chair), Understanding the interdependent nature of persons and contexts in youth sport: Implications for future research, design, and delivery of youth sport. Symposium conducted at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Kona, Hawaii.
  • Vierimaa, M., Dorsch, T. E., & Hardiman, A. L. (2021, October 15-22). Coaching and COVID-19: A Longitudinal case study of youth volleyball coaches [Oral presentation]. 2021 Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) National Conference, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Canada.
  • Fleming, D., Dorsch, T. E., & Vierimaa, M. (June 2021). Perfectionism in sport: A citation network analysis. Poster presented at the 2021 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Virtual Conference.
  • Hardiman, A. L., Dorsch, T. E., & Vierimaa, M. (June 2020). Organizational effectiveness in youth sport: Lessons learned from a year-long intervention with an elite volleyball club in the United States. Paper presented at the 2020 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Virtual Conference.
  • Kim, J., Coleman, T., Godfrey, M., Vierimaa, M., & Eys, M. (June 2020). A mixed-methods multiple case study of informal roles in two university basketball teams. Paper presented at the 2020 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Virtual Conference.
Curriculum Vitae