Dr. Bruce Klonsky
My research focuses on the development of leadership ability, achievement orientation, altruism, self-consciousness, and social anxiety. I also enjoy doing research in the area of sport psychology. My current sport psychology projects deal with factors contributing to the success of high-level adolescent and young adult athletes, and the effects of structured exercise programs on mood and physical self-concept. I very much enjoy working with students on such projects.
I enjoy teaching a variety of courses, including Social Psychology, Social Development, Applied Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Dynamics, and Tests and Measurements. In each of these courses, I try to help students identify techniques and principles that they can use in their own lives. I believe in using class demonstrations, exercises, and mini-studies to promote learning and increase the fun level in my courses.
Department and University Service
I thoroughly enjoy my frequent opportunities to serve as Internship Coordinator for our department. I am the faculty advisor to Psi Chi (the Psychology National Honor Society) and often chair the Merit Award Committee. I am also the co-developer and co-coordinator of the Sport and Exercise Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and the Sport Management and Exercise Science Interdisciplinary Major. I also do sport psychology consulting work with Fredonia State athletic teams.
Selected Student - Faculty Collaboration
Daigler, E., Pogorzelski, J., & Klonsky, B. (2009, April). The attributions of NFL fans from radio call-in shows. Poster presented at the Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.
Abdo, S., Polito, M., & Klonsky, B. (2007, April). Shyness and memory of a conversation. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Grove City, PA
Pompa, M., Laycock, A., & Klonsky, B. G. (2006, April). The attributions of NFL fans on message-board forums. Poster presented at the Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.
Jelenic, M., & Klonsky, B. G. (2005, October). The effects of structured exercise programs on adult mood and physical self-concept. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Klonsky, B. G., Brannon, D. A., Zevenbergen, A. A., & Niehaus, M. L. (2003, October). Spectator and coach behaviors at youth soccer games. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
Niehaus, M. L., Klonsky, B. G., & MacLean, M. G. (2003, October). Assessing the role of parental pressure on enjoyment of youth soccer. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Philadelphia, PA (This was based on Michelle Niehaus' Senior Honors Thesis and NIMH Summer Research Fellowship Program in Applied Developmental Psychology).