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Oct. 14, 2016

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Oct. 14, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Kate Hays, a leading expert in sport and performance psychology, will deliver Wilfrid Laurier University’s annual Dr. Fred Binding Lecture on Friday, Oct. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Delta Waterloo.

Hays’ keynote, “Performance psychology and sport psychology: the chicken and the egg,” coincides this year with the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), which is hosted this year by Laurier in Waterloo, Ontario.

“Dr. Hays is a highly respected professional psychologist, author and recipient of numerous awards. We are honoured to have her as our distinguished guest for the Dr. Fred Binding Lecture,” said Jill Tracey, Laurier Kinesiology and Physical Education associate professor. “Her invited talk will give the audience insight into how everyone can develop and apply mental skills to many areas of life, both on and off the sport field.”

Hays holds a PhD from Boston University and has practiced psychology since 1971, first in New Hampshire and currently in Toronto. She has authored several books and lectured widely throughout North America, England, and Australia. Hays is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a fellow and certified consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.

Hays is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. She is founder of the Toronto Marathon Psyching Team and currently serves as co-director. She is past-chair of the International Sport Psychology Council and is past-president of APA's Division of Exercise & Sport Psychology. In 2004, she received the Bruce Ogilvie Award for Professional Practice from APA’s Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology.

Presented by Laurier’s Faculty of Science and the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, the Dr. Fred Binding Memorial Lecture series is an endowed annual event held in memory of Fred Binding, a long-time Laurier faculty member in the Department of Psychology who taught a course on sport psychology, which was a subject he was particularly passionate about. The lecture series was created as a tribute to Binding and features internationally known professors and researchers who lecture on topics related to sport psychology.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the lecture.



Dr. Jill Tracey, Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x4216


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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