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Anne Cox

Pullman Campus
Smith Gym 213C


Curriculum Vitae
Psychology of Physical Activity Lab

Teaching / Professional interests

Anne Cox teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology. She holds memberships in international/national professional organizations, including the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. At WSU, she’s a member of the Prevention Science Graduate Faculty. Finally, she is actively engaged in implementing a number of mindfulness initiatives on campus.

Research interests

Anne Cox’s research has been focused on understanding key determinants of physical activity behaviors. This has included investigating the role of physical education experiences in predicting students’ leisure-time physical activity and identifying social sources of influence (i.e., teacher, peers) that optimize motivation in the physical education setting. She is currently investigating how body image variables impact physical activity motivation and behavior in adolescents and adults. In this line of research, she is interested in examining how different aspects of body image (e.g., body shame, body surveillance) relate to physical activity behaviors, and the effect of educational programs and/or various forms of physical activity (e.g., yoga, strength training, aerobic exercise) on body image in children, adolescents and college students. Anne has completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training and is using this knowledge to examine the effects of yoga on body image and physical activity. She also teaches yoga in the community. Ultimately, her goal is to apply knowledge about motivational processes and body image to create positive physical activity experiences.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology), Purdue University (2006)
M.Ed., Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology), University of Virginia (2000)
B.A., Psychology, Winthrop University (1998)