Erin Reifsteck

Associate Professor


Email Address:

Phone: 336.334.4782

Bio & Education

Dr. Erin Reifsteck holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness at UNCG. She also has a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from UNCG and a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Saint Francis University. Her current research focuses on promoting lifelong physical activity and health among athletes. Dr. Reifsteck has served as principal investigator for two NCAA-funded projects focused on the development of the Moving On! program, which supports student-athletes in making healthy transitions to life after sports.

Courses Taught

  • KIN 644 Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Kin 701 Research Topics in Kinesiology
  • Kin 716 Mixed Methods in Kinesiology Research
  • Kin 778 Professional Seminar in Grant Writing


Gill, D.L. Williams, L., & Reifsteck, E.J. (2017). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise, 4th edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Selected Articles:

  • Reifsteck, E. J., Newton, J. D., Smith, M. B., Davis Brooks, D., & Anderson, S. N. (in press). Journey from control to liberation: Exploring student-athletes’ physical activity perceptions and experiences in the transition out of collegiate sport. The Sport Psychologist. 
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Anderson, S. N., Newton, J. D., & Maher, J. P. (2021). A practical guide and empirical example for implementing ecological momentary assessment in sport psychology research with athletes. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/spy0000252
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Anderson, T., Newton, J. D., Shriver, L. H., & Wideman, L. (2021). Physical activity and health-related changes during transition out of collegiate football: A case series. Journal of Athletic Training, 56(1), 71-76. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0526.19
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Janssen, J. A., & Wideman, L. (2020). Self-reported physical activity patterns of former collegiate student-athletes. Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare12(3), 119-126. doi: 10.3928/19425864-20190506-01
  • Reifsteck, E. J., Brooks, D. D., Newton, J. D., Shriver, L. H. (2018). Promoting a healthy post-collegiate lifestyle: An evaluation of the Moving On! transition program for student-athletes. Journal of Higher Education and Athletics Innovation, 1(4), 54-76. doi: 10.15763/issn.2376-5267.2018.1.4.54-76
  • Reifsteck, E. J. & Brooks, D. D. (2018). A transition program to help student-athletes move on to lifetime physical activity. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 9(1), 21-31. doi: 10.1080/21520704.2017.1303011 
  • Reifsteck, E.J., Gill, D.L., & Labban, J.D. (2016). “Athletes” and “Exercisers”: Understanding identity, motivation, and physical activity participation in former college athletes.  Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 5(1),25-38. doi: 10.1037/spy0000046