Dr. David Hancock

Dr. Hancock is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He previously completed degrees at Laurentian University (B.A. Sport Psychology, M.A. Human Development) and University of Ottawa (PhD Human Kinetics). He also worked at Queen’s University for two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Indiana University for six years as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Hancock’s research spans three main areas. Primarily, his research is centred on understanding the psychology of sport officiating, including decision making and group dynamics. A secondary research avenue is studying youth sport structures such as relative age and birthplace effects. His tertiary research program is on youth physical activity, particularly as it relates to in-school physical education.

Dr. Hancock supervises the SPORT (Sport Psychology and Officiating Research Team) laboratory. Prospective students at either the undergraduate or graduate levels are welcome to contact him regarding research in the lab.


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