Dr. Alan Smith
Alan L. Smith is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. His research addresses the link of sport and physical activity involvement with young people’s psychological and social functioning. Smith is widely known for his research on peer relationships in the physical activity domain (e.g., sport, physical education) and the motivational implications of these relationships for children and adolescents. He is presently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine physical activity as a means of ameliorating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young children. This work targets behavioral, cognitive, motor, and social functioning of participants and involves interdisciplinary collaboration with experts in neuroscience, motor control, and biobehavioral and clinical psychology. Smith’s recent publications appear in outlets such as Human Movement Science, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology and Health, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and on the editorial boards of Child Development, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and Kinesiology Review. He is past-president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology..