Kinesiology & Health

Faculty & Staff

College of Education, Health, and Society


Dr. Thelma S. Horn

Position: Associate Professor

Degree: Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), PhD

Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), MA

Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), BA

Area: Sport Studies

Office: 2023 Phillips Hall

Phone:(513) 529-2723

Fax: (513) 529-5006

Vita: Current

Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Horn's  primary research and scholarly work examines how the behavior and psychosocial growth of children, adolescents, and young adults in sport and physical activity contexts is affected, or shaped, by factors in their social environment.  In particular, she has conducted research projects that examine the role that significant other individuals (e.g., parents, coaches, peers) play in the lives of athletes.  Dr. Horn also engages in collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects that examine health, physical activity behaviors, and motor performance in children, adolescents, and young adults.


Courses Taught:

KNH 297 Children's Exercise & Fitness

KNH 402 Critical Reflection on Practices in Health and Physical Culture

KNH 420 Sport Studies Internship

KNH 453/553 Seminar: Sport Psychology

KNH 673 Developmental Perspectives on Youth Sport Participation


Recent Publications:

Horn, T.S. (Ed.). (2008).  Advances in sport psychology (3rd ed.).  Champaign, IL:  Human Kinetics Publishers.

Horn, T.S. (2008).  Coaching effectiveness in the sport domain.  In T.S. Horn (Ed.), Advances in sport psychology (3rd ed.) (pp. 239-268).  Champaign, IL:  HKP.

Horn, T.S., Lox, C., & Labrador, F. (2010).  The self-fulfilling prophecy theory:  When coaches' expectations become reality.  In J. Williams (Ed), Applied sport psychology:  Personal growth to peak performance (6th Ed.).  NY:  McGraw-Hill.

Horn, T.S. & Horn, J.L. (2007).  Family influences on children’s sport and physical activity participation, behavior, and psychosocial responses.  In G. Tenenbaum & R.C. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology (3rd ed.) (pp. 685-711).

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