BiographyDr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow is an Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, and an online contributing faculty at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, USA. Originally from Finland, Dr. Arvinen-Barrow earned her educational qualifications in the United Kingdom, where she also worked as a as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Northampton and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She has also taught psychology of sport injury courses as Visiting Academic Scholar at University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and University of Leipzig, Germany. She currently teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology, psychology of injury, and research methods to undergraduate and graduate students in Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, and Sport Psychology.
Dr. Arvinen-Barrow is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society. She is also a Finnish Psychological Association certified Sport and Exercise Psychology Professional (UPV sert.), and an elected expert member of the Finnish Sport Psychology Association. She is also a professional member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the 2016 Dorothy V. Harris award winner from AASP for her distinguished contributions in the field of sport and exercise psychology as a scholar/practitioner.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Arvinen-Barrow has a specialist interest and expertise in psychosocial aspects of sport injury occurrence, rehabilitation, recovery, and return to sport process. Dr. Arvinen-Barrow is the lead editor of two text books; The Psychology of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation (2013) and The Psychology of Sport and Performance Injury: An Interprofessional Case-Based Approach (2019). She has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research publications, 20 book chapters, and over 150 workshops, seminars, symposia, and conference presentations, both in English and in Finnish.
She also has sport psychology consulting experience working with club, collegiate, and international level athletes in Baseball, Basketball, Figure Skating, Cross-country running, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball. Her own sporting background comes from figure- and synchronized skating where she has also been working as a full-time professional coach in Finland for several years.
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