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Sarah Ullrich-French


Sarah Ullrich-French

Associate Professor

Sport Science
Pullman campus
Smith Gym 213D
pullman, WA  99164-1410


Curriculum Vitae
Psychology of Physical Activity Lab

Teaching / Professional interests

Dr. Sarah Ullrich-French teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology, social psychology, motivation theory, and research methods. She is an active participant in the international professional organization, the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). Currently, Dr. Ullrich-French is the Communications Director and on the Executive Committee for NASPSPA. Dr. Ullrich-French is also an Associate Editor of Sport, Exercise, and Performance, Psychology.

Research interests

Dr. Ullrich-French’s research addresses mechanisms that maximize positive physical activity experiences. Her formal training is in Kinesiology with an emphasis on sport and exercise psychology and youth physical activity. Her interest in youth physical activity intersects with areas of social development, psychology, education, positive youth development, and health. Dr. Ullrich-French’s research focuses on social contextual and motivational processes in physical, social, and psychological development. One strand of her research involves examining physical activity motivational processes and behavioral outcomes in youth and adults. A second strand of her research involves examining how physical contexts and interventions impact psychosocial, behavioral, and health outcomes. Dr. Ullrich-French’s current research activities focus on the measurement and application of movement-based mindfulness as a potential mechanism to foster sustained engagement in physical activities.

Recent publications

Ullrich-French, S., González Hernández, J., & Hildago Montesinos, M.D. (2017). Validity Evidence for the Adaptation of the State Mindfulness Scale for Physical Activity (SMS-PA) in Spanish Youth. Psicothema, 29, 119-125. doi: 10.7334/psicothema2016.204

Ullrich-French, S., Cox, A.E., Cole, A.N., Cooper, B.R., & Gotch, C. (2017). Initial Validity Evidence for the State Mindfulness Scale for Physical Activity with Youth. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 21, 177-189. doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2017.1321543

Riciputi, S., McDonough, M.H., & Ullrich-French, S. (2017). Participant perceptions of character concepts in a physical activity-based positive youth development program. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 481-492. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2016-0061. PMID: 27736280

Ullrich-French, S., Cox, A., & Cooper, B.R. (2016). Examining combinations of social physique anxiety and motivation regulations using latent profile analysis. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 20, 63-74. doi:10/1080/1091367X.2015.1107571. PMID: 19798998

Ullrich-French, S., Cole, A., & Montgomery, A. (2016). Evaluation development for a physical activity positive youth development program for girls. Evaluation and Program Planning, 55, 67-76. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.12.002

Cox, A., Ullrich-French, S., & French, B. (2016). Validity evidence for state mindfulness scale scores in a physical activity context. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 20, 38-49. doi:10.1080/1091367X.2015.1089404

Cox, A., Ullrich-French, S., Cole, A., & D’Hondt-Taylor, M. (2016). The role of mindfulness during yoga in predicting self-objectification and reasons for exercise. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 22, 321-327. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.10.001

Educational background

  • Ph.D., Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology), Purdue University (2006)
  • M.S., Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology), Purdue University (2002)
  • B.A., Sociology, Seattle University (1997)

Psychology of Physical Activity Lab

Washington State University