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July 24, 2014
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(Head Coach) Dr. Mark Eys

Mark Eys (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology/Physical Education and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Group Dynamics and Physical Activity. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and his Masterís and Ph.D from The University of Western Ontario. From 2004-2009, he was a faculty member in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. His current research interests include role ambiguity and acceptance in sport and exercise groups, the measurement and correlates of cohesion, and social influences in exercise. Markís research related to cohesion in youth physical activity groups was supported by a three year standard research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2005-2008) and continues with support through Ontarioís Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award program (2007-2012). He has published his research in the Journal of Sports Sciences, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, as a co-author of the book Group Dynamics in Sport (2005; Fitness Information Technology), and as a co-editor of Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sport Psychology: Contemporary Themes (2007; Routledge). In 2001, he was awarded the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Coach of the Year for his work with The University of Western Ontario womenís soccer program.


Current Players 


Blair Evans (4th Year Phd)

Blair is a fourth year PhD student, and is enrolled in the Social Psychology program.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury, where he had the opportunity to first work alongside Dr. Eys.  The University of Lethbridge in Alberta was Blairís next stop, where he completed his masterís degree.  Blairís current doctoral dissertation research explores the nature of interdependencies on individual sport teams (such as collective goals and shared tasks) and how team members act in conditions where these interdependencies are and are not present.  He currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship.  Blair has also had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the social psychology department, including Dr. Anne Wilson and Dr. Roger Buehler.



Alex Benson (2nd Year Phd)

Alex is a second year PhD student in the Social Psychology Program.  He also completed his Master's of Science in Physical Education and Kinesiology, for which he received the Gold Medal for the faculty of science.  His dissertation is funded by a 3 year SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship as well as a Sport Participation Research Initiative supplement and is focused on the issues surrounding the effective integration of newcomer athletes into existing sport teams.  This spring he will be traveling to Bangor University to work with Dr. James Hardy on a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement funded by SSHRC. In addition to his studies at Laurier, Alex previously worked as a nutrition and wellness consultant and a personal trainer at the Laurier Athletic Centre. He also worked with the Womenís Varsity Basketball team as the strength and conditioning coach during his 4th year of undergrad.



Mark Surya (2nd Year PhD)

Mark is a second year PhD student hailing from the town of Burlington, Ontario. He received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Queen's University and completed his Master's of Science here at Wilfrid Laurier University. Mark's research interests are in the multi-dimensionality of satisfaction as it relates to roles. He is currently investigating athletes' perceptions of role satisfaction, and is in the process of developing a measurement tool/questionnaire. Mark has also worked with Dr. Jean Cote's Performance Lab for the Advancement of Youth in Sport. He has examined the influence of birthplace on the development of elite level athletes. Outside of academia, Mark enjoys playing a multitude of sports. In his spare time Mark enjoys playing board games with his friends and family and spending time with his family dog Marvin.


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Steve Bowes (1st year Master of Science)

Steve is first year Master of Science student in the department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University.  He received his undergraduate degree from Laurier, where he completed his undergraduate thesis, which examined the development and perceptions concerning the enforcer role in junior hockey.  Steve's research interests are in athlete role development, and how personality and emotions may influence athletes occupying roles within a group environment. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Steve enjoys playing a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, and bocce ball.



Amy Cubitt (1st year Master of Science)

Amy is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Kinesiology and Originally from Aurora, Ontario, she completed her B.A. in Psychology at Laurentian University. Amy is looking to investigate the relationship between team leader selection and group cohesiveness.  Amy has been involved with sport teams throughout her life, and this past summer she helped coach a U5 girls' soccer team.


Bree Chaput (4th year Undergraduate)

Bree is a 4th year undergraduate student enrolled in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Bree's research is looking at elements of group dynamics and cohesion in the adapted sport population.  Bree is currently the Captain of the Laurier Women's Basketball Team, works as a Senior Mentor in the Athlete Academic Success Program at Laurier, and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region. Upon graduation she plans on attending Teacher's College or pursuing a master's degree.  



Noah Little (4th year undergraduate)

Noah is a 4th year undergraduate student enrolled in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Noah's research aims to examine the motivational effects of music on swimmers' performance.  Next year, he is planning on pursuing his Master's degree in the area of Social Psychology.


Pavol Siska (4th Year PhD) 

Pavol was a visiting research from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.  He is a 4th year PhD student and has since gone back to finish his thesis under the supervision of professor Pavel Slepicka. 

Colin McLaren 

Colin completed his Master's of Science in 2013 and is currently a PhD student at Saskatchewan.

Ross Murray

Ross completed his undergraduate thesis in 2013 and is currently completing his Master's overseas.

Robyn Murray 

Robyn completed her Master of Science in 2013 and is now pursuing a career in physiotherapy.

Eryn Jewitt

Eryn completed her Master of Science in 2011 and is currently an Exercise Specialist for the Canadian Armed Forces in Comox, BC.

Svenja Wolf

Svenja was a visiting researcher from the German Sport University Cologne, where she earned her Academic Diploma in Sport Science in 2009 and has been enrolled in the PhD program, supervised by Dr. Jens Kleinert since fall 2009.