About the Institute:
Kristina L. Moore, PhD
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development
26 Winthrop Street
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Ph: (617) 627-5558
Kristy Moore is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development.
She earned a B.S. with Honors in Human Social and Psychological Development and a minor in Education
from Gettysburg College, after which she worked as a teacher. As a lifelong athlete and All-American
field hockey player in college, Kristy developed an interest in sport and exercise science, as well.
While coaching field hockey and serving as a youth director, she earned her M.S. in Kinesiology from
the University of New Hampshire. Kristy went on to earn her Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Science in the
Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity program, with a doctoral minor in Human Development.
Kristy is interested in using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine questions related
to sport participation and positive developmental outcomes. Kristy's research has focused on
1) psychosocial factors of sport participation in adolescents and collegiate athletes,
2) the role of parents and coaches in the youth sport experience, and
3) motivational antecedents and consequences of sport participation and performance.
More specifically, Kristy has examined perceived parental influence on various outcomes
in adolescent athletes, such as achievement goal orientations, self-handicapping, stress,
and enjoyment. She has explored the explanatory value of self-theories of ability and
satisfaction of basic psychological needs on self-handicapping in Division I collegiate
athletes. Kristy has also studied the development of pre-service youth sport coaches'
philosophy statements, the role of obesity bias in children's drink selection, and
competitive dancers' use of self-handicapping. Kristy serves as the co-director of the
project entitled "Evaluating the Positive Coaching Alliance Model: Developing Competitors
of Character" funded by the John Templeton Foundation.