My research program centers on the psychology of sport fandom. In particular, I am interested in the causes and consequences of sport team identification (i.e., the extent to which a fan feels a psychological connection to a team). Currently, I am investigating the following topics as they relate to team identification: fan/spectator aggression, the psychological well-being of fans, the strategies used by fans to cope with their team’s poor performance, behavioral loyalty (e.g., attendance), fan superstitions, and the socialization of sport fans.
In addition to the research listed in my vitae, here are some examples of student research projects and theses that I have directed:
- Males’ impressions of masculine and feminine female sports fans vs. non-fans: Does the ‘Something about Mary’ effect require her feminine characteristics?
- An examination of sport fan motivational differences between home and away fans
- Fans’ identification and commitment to a sport team: The impact of self-selection versus socialization processes.
- Rival salience and sport team identification.
- The relationship between sport fan dysfunction and bullying behaviors.
- Sport team identification and social fear