PSY 323-A Sport Psychology


Course Details

  • 5 Weeks | May 30 – July 2
  • On Campus | Mon & Wed 6:00-9:30 pm (Course starts on a Wednesday)
  • 3 Credits | Cost: $1425.00
  • Online myHill Registration | April 9 – May 22
  • Online Payment is Due at Time of Registration

Course Description

Examination of theories related to sport, team behavior and sport cognition, and how psychological and social factors affect performance, behavior, and coaching. Topics include: motivation, coaching, team dynamics, mental skills and performance enhancement, confidence, drug use and eating disorders in sport, and youth sport.

Additional Information

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101, General Psychology
  • Course may be applied to the Sport Commerce & Culture minor.

Course Instructor

David B. Hurley

Adjunct Professor of Psychology

  • B.A., Psychology, Bates College
  • Ed.M. & Ed.D., Counseling & Sport Psychology, Boston University

Professor Hurley, a sport psychologist, teaches within the Psychology department at Stonehill, and provides services to teams, athletes, and coaches as a sport psychology consultant within the Department of Athletics at Stonehill. He is in the process of finishing his doctorate at Boston University, where his dissertation is examining the effect of coach training on volunteer youth coaches' motivation, self-perception, and their ability to give positive, motivating feedback to their athletes. He has previously taught courses at Boston University, Bridgewater State University, and Mount Ida College.

Professor Hurley’s research focuses on youth and high school coaching, where he has also studied happiness and well-being in high school coaches. He has presented at numerous sport psychology conferences and has presented educational talks to athletes (from youth to professional) and to coaches, from volunteer through collegiate and Olympic-level coaches. In recent years, he has dedicated a significant amount of his time and energy to presenting on mental health, particularly men’s mental health, as well as the relationship between mental health and sports. He is committed to fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness in our country (especially since this is a topic that is personally very important to Dave).

Professor Hurley has been an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology since 2006. Since 2010, he has also served on the Executive Corporation for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club in Arlington, MA.