The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) had its beginnings in Edmonton in 1969 as a meeting of scholars, both faculty and graduate students, interested in research in psychomotor learning and sport psychology. It was founded as a society in Banff, Alberta, in 1977.


In fulfilling its objectives, the Society engages in three main activities. These are:

  • An annual conference at which scholars are invited to present their research.
  • The Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award (under review) which is presented at the annual conference to an outstanding trainee scholar.
  • An annual general meeting (AGM) where SCAPPS members are informed about executive actions, reports, and recommendations, and are provided with an opportunity to vote on motions pertaining to SCAPPS business. Regular email communications also inform members about the society’s activities.

SCAPPS has as its main objectives the following:

  • To promote the study of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development in Canada.
  • To encourage the exchange of views and scientific information in the fields related to psychomotor learning and sport psychology.

Membership in the Society is maintained on an annual basis. The following are the main membership categories:

  • Professional Member:  Professional membership is for individuals who are engaged in the study, the practice, or the marketing of psychomotor learning, motor control, motor development or sport psychology but are not currently enrolled in training related to the field. Academic faculty and other professional fall into this category.
  • Trainee Member: Trainee membership is for individuals who are enrolled or in training full or part time at a recognized university in a program of study in psychomotor learning, motor control, motor development, or sport / exercise psychology. Current undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows fall into this category.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, please visit the Become a Member page.

SCAPPS Executive

Erin Cressman
Erin CressmanPresident
University of Ottawa


Provide strategic direction; Organize executive meetings (~4 per year); chair AGM; Adjudicate Fellow nominations

Katherine Tamminen
Katherine TamminenPast President
University of Toronto


Manage adjudication of Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award (FHYSA) and moderate FHYSA session/award certificates; Liaise with local conference organizing committee

David Hancock
David HancockPresident Elect
Memorial University


Prepare to take over duties as SCAPPS president

Scott Rathwell
Scott RathwellSecretary Treasurer
University of Lethbridge


Manage financial accounts and deals with financial aspects of annual conference

Sebastian Harenberg
Sebastian HarenbergSecretary-Communications
St. Francis Xavier University


Maintain minutes of meetings; Liaise with webmaster; Provide general communication to SCAPPS members via e-mail listserv

Jessica Fraser-Thomas
Jessica Fraser-ThomasDirector: Sport/Exercise Psychology
York University


Adjudicate FHYSA – Sport/Exercise Psychology

Heather Neyedli
Heather NeyedliDirector: Motor Learning/Control
Dalhousie University


Adjudicate YSA, Motor Learning/Control

Mary Jung
Mary JungDirector: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The University of British Columbia



Ganesh Tailor
Ganesh TailorStudent Representative
The University of Winnipeg


Provide student-centered feedback to executive; liase with student members; Maintain/administer Facebook page

Past Presidents
Year President
2020-2022 Katherine Tamminen
2018-2022 Tanya Berry
2016-2018 Chris Shields
2014-2016 Luc Tremblay
2012-2014 Tim Welsh
2010-2012 Nick Holt
2008-2010 Joe Baker
2007-2008 Gord Binsted
2006-2007 John Spence
2005-2006 Brian Maraj
2004-2005 Patti Weir
2003-2004 Daniel Weeks
2002-2003 Peter Crocker
2001-2002 Diane Ste-Marie
2000-2001 Luc Proteau
1999-2000 Wendy Rodgers
1998-1999 Eric Roy
1997-1998 Digby Elliott
1996-1997 Janice Deakin
1995-1996 Janet Starks
1994-1995 Peter Crocker
1993-1994 Sandy Romanow
1992-1993 Dave Goodman
1991-1992 Tim Lee
1990-1991 John Dickinson
1989-1990 Luc Proteau
1988-1989 Craig Hall
1987-1988 Ian Franks
1986-1987 John Albinson
1985-1986 Claude Alain
1984-1985 Jim McClements
1983-1984 Robert Kerr
1982-1983 Jack Leavitt
1981-1982 Wayne Halliwell
1980-1981 Sue Moxley
1978-1979 Peter Klavora
1977-1978 Barry Kerr
1976-1977 John Salmela
1975-1976 John Salmela
1974-1975 Brent Rushall
1973-1974 Gary Sinclair
1972-1973 Ian Williams
1971-1972 Ronald Marteniuk
1970-1971 Jack Leavitt
1969-1970 Robert Wilberg (unofficial)

SCAPPS Fellows

Fellows are members of the Society who have made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of the fields of psychomotor learning and sport psychology or who have given exceptional service to this Society.

Effective January 1, 2004 SCAPPS adopt the following selection criteria for ‘Fellow’ status.


Only 10% of active professional members may hold ‘Fellow’ status.

  • Demonstrates high standards of professional development by contributing directly to SCAPPS as evidenced by presentations at annual conferences, organizing of SCAPPS conferences, and membership on SCAPPS executive.
  • 20 years post-doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Cumulative SCAPPS membership of 15 years. Made significant contributions to the scientific body of knowledge related to SCAPPS.
  • Receive approval by 5/6 vote of Executive.

Current CV of the nominee and two letters of reference from professional members of SCAPPS should be forwarded, by September 5, 2024, to the SCAPPS executive care of the active president (erin.cressman@uottawa.ca).

Current and Past Fellows

Diane Ste. Marie
Jean Côté
Romeo Chua
Luc Proteau
Eric Roy
Tim Lee
Larry Brawley
Peter Crocker
Ian Franks
Janet Starkes
Jack Leavitt
Ron Marteniuk
Len Wankel
Robert Wilberg
Digby Elliott
Craig Hall
Albert Carron

Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award

Award Information

Award Overview:

This award recognizes scholarly research of SCAPPS’ trainee members. This recognition will be evidenced by scholarly contributions to date (detailed in a CV) and the quality of thesis-related research as judged by one exemplar of this work (i.e., new, submitted, or recently published). Awardees are expected to attend the SCAPPS conference and present the data from the submitted paper or an overview of their thesis work related to the submitted paper. The presentation must be novel and not solely based on data presented previously at a conference venue.

Award Guidelines


  • The applicant must be the principal author of the scholarly paper submitted for the award, which shows evidence of scholarly work representative of the trainee’s thesis.
  • The applicant must have been a student at the time that the research for the submitted scholarly paper was completed.
  • The applicant must have been registered as a student within the 12 months before the application date of the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award.
  • The applicant must be a SCAPPS member at the time of application submission.
  • The applicant must not have been a previous recipient of the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award.
  • All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.


Up to three (3) awards are available for each given year. One award is possible in each of the areas of: (1) Sport Psychology, (2) Exercise and Health Psychology, and (3) Motor Learning/Control. Applicants are required to submit via their preferred portal, but the award adjudicators may choose to move the application to another area if deemed appropriate after consultation.

Each award consists of:

  • One registration at the current SCAPPS conference.
  • One SCAPPS membership for the year following the receipt of the award.
  • One financial award of up to $500 CAD to offset costs (travel, accommodation, and/or registration) incurred when the awardee attends a relevant academic conference*

*Notes: 1) the award recipient will receive the funds following submission of original receipts to the SCAPPS Treasurer; 2) the travel must occur within a 1-year period after the awardee receives the award and can include the SCAPPS conference for the year following the receipt of the award.

Submission Guidelines:

The application must include the following:

  • One brief cover letter indicating (i) materials submitted, (ii) the current professional status of the applicant (iii) a brief chronological history of student status, and (iv) details regarding the submitted paper including: the relationship of the submitted paper to the student’s overall thesis and the state of submission regarding the submitted paper. With respect to the latter this includes the journal title of any intended or submitted work. Eligible papers can have been published up to 12 months preceding the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award application deadline (so papers published in the last calendar year are eligible for consideration for the  Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award).
  • One curriculum vitae. The CV should conform to the five headings below:
    1. Demographic information pertaining to post-secondary education, including dates and supervisor name.
    2. Any awards (related to education and research) related to graduate study.
    3. Publications (including submitted and in-press) along with indications of contribution to the paper (i.e., whether this was part of your PhD, Masters, or other RA work). This information is especially important on multi-authored papers.
    4. Conference presentations.
    5. Other relevant research and/or extracurricular activities (e.g., visiting researcher, organizer of conference workshops, knowledge translation activities, USport athlete, volunteer or clinical experience).
  • One copy of the scholarly paper. The page limit for the submitted scholarly paper is 25 double spaced pages excluding tables, figures, and references. (Note: manuscripts that have been submitted or accepted for publication at the time of award submission which fit outside of this 25 page limit will be permitted). Preferably, the paper will follow APA guidelines (7th edition), although for published/submitted work, adherence to journal guidelines will be accepted. All submissions should include an abstract (max 300 words). The submitted paper must be part of the student’s thesis and representative of current work (i.e., either not published or if published, published in the year preceding the application for the YSA).
  • Data previously presented or submitted to a journal can be used in the scholarly paper.
  • Papers that do not adhere to the submission criteria will not be reviewed.

For the 2024 competition (deadline: May 31, 2024), please upload a single PDF file containing all application materials to the appropriate portal: (1) Sport Psychology; (2) Exercise and Health Psychology; or (3) Motor Learning/Control. You can only submit to one of these three areas. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 17, 2024. Applicants not chosen for the award are encouraged to resubmit their abstracts as part of the regular conference program. For questions, please contact the Director of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Dr. Jessica Fraser-Thomas; jft@yorku.ca) or the Director of Motor Learning and Control (Dr. Heather Neyedli; hneyedli@dal.ca).

Award Adjudication

The award will be judged both on the student’s CV (50%) and the quality of the submitted paper (50%) as evidence of thesis-related work.

The reviewers will be considering the quality of the submitted Scholarly Paper based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific/methodological rigor (e.g., strong design, appropriate to the research question addressed, appropriate sample size).
  • Innovative/originality (e.g., uses a new methodology, has novel implications, focuses on an underserved population, poses an original research question).
  • Scientific merit/contribution (e.g., provides insight into conceptualization of theory or construct, advances understanding, clear potential application).
  • Clarity of presentation (e.g., well-written, grammatically correct).

The Curriculum Vitae will be judged on impact of work and scholarly promise as evidenced by the following:

  • Journal publications (quantity, quality, and contribution).
  • Academic awards.
  • Conference participation (quantity, diversity, and leadership roles).
  • Any other relevant information pertaining to research-relevant training and excellence.
Past Recipients
Year Recipients
2023 Danielle Alexander Maeghan James Laura St. Germain
2022 Joseph Manzone Shannon Herrick Maji Shaikh
2021 Raphaël Hamel Zoë Poucher
2020 Jeemin Kim Tristan Loria Maxine Myre
2019 Amanda Wurz Gerome Manson Kelsey Kendellen
2018 Veronica Allan April Karlinsky Eva Pila
2017 Erica Bennett April Karlinsky Celina Shirazipour
2016 Sara Scharoun Eun-Young Lee Alex Benson
2015 Ben Sylvester Jarrod Blinch
2014 Justine Dowd Michael Carter
2013 Heather Gainforth Jeff Weiler
2012 Marie-Josée Perrier Christopher Cowper-Smith
2011 Jennifer Brunet
2010 Dany MacDonald Dana Maslovat
2009 Kristina A. Neely Kim Shapcott
2008 Kelly Arbour Anthony Carlsen
2007 Jessica Fraser Erin Cressman
2006 Meghan McDonough Olav Krigolson
2005 Catherine Sabiston Flavio Oliveira
2004 Phil Wilson Quincy Almeida
2003 Patrick Gaudreau Timothy Welsh
2002 Amy Latimer Luc Tremblay
2001 Adam Dubrowski Shannon Clark
2000 Joe Baker
1999 Kent Kowalski
1998 Tim McGarry Natalie Durand Bush
1997 Thana Hodge Sandra Moritz
1996 Andrew Reed Heather Hausenblas
1995 Shannon Robertson Kathleen Martin
1994 Therese Brisson Ann-Marie O’Halloran
1993 Yannick Blandin John Spence
1992 Paul Van Donkelaar Romeo Chua Kerry Courneya
1991 Patti Weir Wendy Rodgers
1990 Winston Byblow
1989 Richard Carson Dave Robinson
1988 Heather Carnahan Adrian Taylor
1987 Ray Young
1986 Tina Gabriele John Durkin
1985 Joan Vickers
1984 Lise Gauvin David Lacombe
1983 Peter Crocker
1980 Tim Lee Kevin Spink

Brawley and Elliott Award for Excellence in Supervision and Mentorship

Nomination Guidelines

The SCAPPS conference has been an outstanding knowledge dissemination forum since 1969. More importantly, SCAPPS has showcased Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award winners, who are outstanding research trainees. Many more outstanding trainees have benefited from the rich scholarly environment provided by the SCAPPS conference. These outstanding students have been trained by excellent mentors and supervisors. As a result, the SCAPPS Executive would like to recognize faculty members with an exceptional record of trainee supervision and mentorship. These supervisors have had a positive influence on their trainees through research training and/or other efforts that have enhanced the career paths of these individuals. Trainees may include graduate and undergraduate students, research associates, postdoctoral and early career researchers.

The process to nominate a supervisor/mentor requires a former trainee filling out a nomination ballot (see attached) accompanied by two (2) support letters from former trainees addressing the listed criteria. [Note: The rationale for not accepting letters from current trainees is to avoid submissions that could induce any conflicts of interest]. The application for the award should also include an email or letter from the nominee confirming acceptance of the nomination, and a short CV (no more than 10 pages) that includes a list of current and former trainees and demonstrates a consistent presence of participating at SCAPPS conferences. The nomination package should be sent to the SCAPPS Past-President by September 5, 2024. The Past-President will ask at least two (2) reviewers from the Professional SCAPPS membership to assess all complete applications received and adjudicate the appropriate number of awards. The award need not be conferred in a given year. A Professional SCAPPS member can only receive the award once.

Each award winner will receive a plaque/certificate as well as a formal letter of recognition at the Annual General Meeting.


Click here to download the nomination form.

Inaugural Recipients
Year Recipients
2019 Ian Franks Kathleen Martin Ginis
2022 Amy Latimer-Cheung
2023 Tim Welsh Catherine Sabiston

Past Keynotes and Distinguished Lectures

Motor Learning & Control Sport & Exercise Psychology
Year Location Wilberg Keynote Carron Keynote
2023 Kingston Matthew Heath, Western University Maria Castelhano Leisha Strachan, University of Manitoba Wendy Craig, Queen’s University
2022 Montréal Luc Tremblay, University of Toronto John Kalaska, Université de Montréal Chris Shields, Acadia University Ian Graham, University of Ottawa
2021 Online Jim Lyons, McMaster Cathy Craig, Ulster, UK Tanya Berry, Alberta Nikos Ntoumanis, Southern Denmark, Denmark
2019 Vancouver Timothy Welsh, Toronto Alan Kingstone, UBC John Spence, Alberta Joan Duda, Birmingham, UK
2018 Toronto Nicola Hodges, UBC Amy Bastian, Johns Hopkins, USA Peter Crocker, UBC Elizabeth Page-Gould, Toronto (Sport)

Simon Bacon, Concordia (Exercise)

2017 St. John’s David Westwood, Dalhousie Richard Carson, Trinity College Dublin, UK Mark Eys, Wilfrid Laurier Catherine Sabiston, Toronto
2016 Waterloo Patti Weir, Windsor Stephen Scott, Queen’s Amy Latimer-Cheung, Queen’s Michael Inzlicht, Toronto (Exercise)

Kate Hays, Wilfrid Laurier (Sport)

2015 Edmonton Romeo Chua, UBC Mel Goodale, Western Nick Holt, Alberta Ryan Rhodes, Victoria
2014 London Heather Carnahan, Memorial Robert Sainburg Diane Mack, Brock Paddy Ekkekakis, Iowa State
2013 Kelowna Luc Proteau, Montreal Scott Frey Lise Gauvin, Montreal Mark Connor, Leeds, UK
2012 Halifax Diane Ste-Marie, Ottawa Eric Roy Wendy Rodgers, Alberta Julian Barling, Queen’s
2011 Winnipeg Tim Lee, McMaster Pierre Jolicoeur Maureen Weiss, Minnesota, USA Paul Estabrooks, Virginia Tech, USA
2010 Ottawa Ian Franks, UBC Marjorie Woollacott, Oregon, USA Kathleen Martin Ginis, McMaster Lise Gauvin, Montreal
2009 Toronto Daniel Weeks, Lethbridge Daniel Wolpert, Columbia, USA Jean Côté, Queen’s Stuart Biddle, Loughborough, UK
2008 Canmore Bob Wilberg, Alberta Jay Pratt, Toronto Bert Carron, UWO Rod Dishman, Georgia, USA

Kerry Courneya, Alberta

2007 Windsor Howie Zelaznik, Purdue, USA Digby Elliott, McMaster Craig Hall, UWO Deb Feltz, Michigan State, USA
2006 Halifax Luc Proteau, Montreal Raymond M. Klein Kevin Spink, Saskatchewan Silken Laumann

Chris Hadfield (shared with CSEP)

2005 St. Catharines Randy Flanagan, Queen’s Charles Shea, Texas A & M, USA Peter Crocker, UBC Ken R. Fox, Bristol, UK
2004 Saskatoon Paul van Donkelaar, UBC Steve Keele Larry Brawley, Waterloo Adrian Bauman, Sydney, Australia
2003 Hamilton David Rosenbaum Leonard H. Epstein, Buffalo, USA
2002 Vancouver
2001 Montreal
2000 Waterloo

SCAPPS Documents

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