Diane L. Gill
Department of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
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Diane L. Gill, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests focus on physical activity and well-being across the lifespan, with an emphasis on social psychology, particularly gender and cultural diversity.
She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, and her undergraduate degree from the SUNY at Cortland. She held faculty positions at the University of Waterloo and the University of Iowa before moving to UNCG in January 1987.
At UNCG she has served as Associate Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance, Head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and as the founding Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness.
Her scholarly publications include the text, Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, several book chapters, and over 100 journal articles. She has presented over 100 research papers and invited addresses at national and international conferences, and received several awards for her research and professional work.
She is a fellow in several professional organizations, a former president of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. She serves on several editorial boards and is former editor of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and the current editor of Quest.
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Dr. Gill has been continuously engaged in research and scholarly activity within exercise and sport psychology for over 30 years. Her research emphasizes social psychology and physical activity, with a focus on physical activity and psychological well-being. Her early research included laboratory and field research on social influence and motor performance, competitive anxiety, and extended into a line of research on motivational orientation, which included the development of the Competitive Orientation Questionnaire. Her research shifted to focus on social cognitive models and greater emphasis on social context and gender/cultural diversity issues with her move to UNCG. More recent projects follow two separate, but connected, lines: Cultural Competence in Physical Activity Settings, and Physical Activity and Well-being across the Lifespan. Current research efforts extend and merge those lines to focus on assessments of psychological well-being and quality of life within the context of community-based programs that promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for girls and women.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor in Women's and Gender Studies
1976, Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign (Social Psychology. & Motor Behavior)
1974, M.S., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Social Psychology. & Motor Behavior)
1970, B.S.Ed., SUNY College at Cortland, Cortland, New York (Physical Education)
Selected Professional Service
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Research Consortium President -Elect, President, Past -President, 1987 -1990
- North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, President -Elect, President, Past -President, 1988 -1991
- American Psychological Association, Divisions: 8 (Personality & Social); 35 (Women); 38 (Health Psychology), Fellow; 47 (Exercise & Sport), Fellow, Exec. Committee, 1991-93, President-Elect, President, Past-President, 1997-2003
- Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Fellow
- American Psychological Society, Fellow
- National Academy of Kinesiology, Fellow
- Editor, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1985-1990. Editorial Board, 1978-85, 1990-present.
- Editor, Quest, 2010-present; Editorial Board 2006-present
Over 100 publications, including:
Gill, D.L. & Williams, L (2008). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise (3rd
ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
- Gill, D.L. (1993). Competitiveness and competitive orientation in sport. In R.N. Singer, M. Murphey & L.K. Tennant (Eds.), Handbook of research on sport psychology (pp. 314-327). New York: Macmillan.
- Gill, D. L. (1999). Gender and competitive motivation: From the recreation center to the Olympic arena. In D.J. Bernstein (Ed.), Vol. 45 of the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation: Gender and Motivation. (pp. 173-207). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
- Gill, D.L. (2004). Gender and cultural diversity. In M.R. Weiss (Ed.), Developmental sport and exercise psychology: A lifespan perspective. (pp. 474-501). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology, Inc.
- Gill, D.L. (2006). Sport psychology and fitness activities. In J. Dosil (Ed.), The sport psychologist’s handbook: A guide for sport-specific performance enhancement. (pp. 589-615). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley.
- Gill, D.L. (2007). Gender and cultural diversity. In G. Tenenbaum & R. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook on research on sport psychology (3rd ed., pp. 823-844). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
- Gill, D.L. & Kamphoff, C.S. (2010). Gender and cultural diversity. In J.M. Williams (Eds.), Applied sport psychology, 6th ed. (pp. 417-439). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
- Gill, D.L. & Bedini, L.A. (2010). Health, wellness and quality of life - Accent the positive. In L. Payne, B. Ainsworth & G. Godbey (Eds.), Leisure, health and wellness: Making the connections (pp. 11-20). State College, PA: Venture Publishing.
- Gill, D.L. & Deeter, T.E. (1988). Development of the sport orientation questionnaire. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 59, 191- 202.
- Gill, D.L., Williams, K., Williams, L., Butki, B., & Kim, B.J. (1997). Physical activity and psychological well-being in older women. Women's Health Issues, 7 (1), 1-7.
- Gill, D.L. (1997). Measurement, statistics and research design issues in sport and exercise psychology. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 1, 39-53.
- Gill, D.L., Williams, K., Williams, L. & Hale, W.A. (1998). Multidimensional correlates of falls in older women. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 47, 35-51.
- Gill, D.L. (2001). Feminist sport psychology: A guide for our journey. The Sport Psychologist, 15, 363-372.
- Kim, B.J., Williams, L., & Gill, D.L. (2002). A cross-cultural study of achievement orientation and intrinsic motivation in young USA and Korean athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 33, 1-17.
- Gabriele, J.M., Walker, M.S., Gill, D.L., Harber, K.D., & Fisher, E.B. (2005). Differentiated roles of social encouragement and social constraint on physical activity behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 210-215.
- Weiss, M.R. & Gill, D.L. (2005). What goes around comes around: Re-emerging themes in sport and exercise psychology. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76, S71-S87.
- Gill, D.L., Morrow, R.G., Collins, K.E., Lucey, A.B., & Schultz, A.M. (2006). Attitudes and sexual prejudice in sport and physical activity. Journal of Sport Management, 20, 554-564
- Sorensen. M. & Gill, D.L. (2008). Perceived barriers to physical activity across Norwegian adult age groups, gender, and stages of change. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 18, 651-663.
- Gill, D.L. (2009). Social psychology and physical activity: Back to the future. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 80, 685-695.
- Gill, D.L., Chang, Y-K., Murphy, K.M., Speed, K.M., Hammond, C.C., Rodriguez, E.A., Lyu, M., & Shang, Y-T. (in press, 2010). Quality of life assessment in physical activity and health promotion. Applied Research in Quality of Life, xx, xxx-xxx.
Over 100 presentations, including:
- Gill, D.L. (1994, Sept.). A social psychology perspective on sport and exercise psychology. Invited paper presented at the '94 International Sport Science Congress: Fitness, Health and National Well-Being. Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Seoul, Korea.
- Gill, D.L. (1999, July). The role of physical activity across the adult lifespan. In M.R. Weiss, E.F. Caja, A.L. Smith & D.L. Gill Motivation and physical activity across the lifespan: Theory, research and practice. Symposium presented at the 10th European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), Prague, Czech Republic.
- Gill, D.L. (2001, June). Moving toward cultural competence in sport psychology. Paper presented at the 10th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Skiathos, Greece.
- Gill, D.L. (2005, Aug). Affirmation of Diversity revisited: A 10-year retrospective on diversity issues in exercise and sport psychology. Steven R. Heyman invited address presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.
- Gill, D.L., Chang, Y.K., Murphy, K.M., & Holder, K.M. (2006, June). Quality of life assessment in physical activity and health promotion. Paper presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
- Gill, D.L. (2007, Jan.). Integration: The key to sustaining kinesiology in higher education. Amy Morris Homans Lecture presented at the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education conference, Clearwater, FL.
- Gill, D.L., Chang, Y.K., Murphy, K.M., Hammond, C.C. & Rodriguez, E.A. (2008, April.). A quality of life measure for physical activity programs: Preliminary research. Paper presented at the 2nd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Gill, D.L., Hammond, C.C., Reifsteck, E.J., Jehu, C.M., Williams, R.A., Adams, M.M., Lange, E.H., Becofsky, K. , Rodriguez, E., Shang, Y.T. & Williams, A.L. (2010, Oct.) Physical activity and Quality of Life: Views of participants. Symposium (5 papers) presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology conference, Providence, RI.
- Psychological and Biomechanical Correlates of Physical Activity and Falls. Grant from AARP Andrus Foundation, 1994-95. (D.L. Gill & K. Williams - Co-P.I.s)
- Increasing Understanding and Promoting Inclusive Professional Practice in Exercise and Sport. Wayne F. Placek Small Grant Award from American Psychological Foundation, 2000-01. (D.L. Gill, P.I, & R. Morrow, Co-I)
- Promoting Cultural Competence among Physical Activity Professionals. AAUW Educational Foundation Scholar-in-Residence Program, 2003-04. (D.L. Gill, P.I, with K. Jamieson, Co-I)
- Physical Activity and Health Evaluation Services. Moses Cone Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, 2004-2005. (D.L. Gill, P.I.)