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 recent student research projects and theses that I have directed:
- We've got spirit, how about you: An examination of the sport fandom of university sponsored spirit groups
- Relationship between dysfunctional sport fandom and assertiveness
- Social connections and sport team identification lead to social well-being among high school students
- The relationship between fan dysfunction and superstitious behavior among sport fans
- Impact of team identification and team success on willingness to engage in anonymous acts of aggression