Gérard Jones is a UEFA ‘A’ Licensed Coach with over 14 years coaching experience working in both professional and grassroots football around the world. He has recently served as an Elite Coach Educator in Morocco for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, having held roles at other clubs/federations as an Academy Coach, Coach Educator, Head of Coaching and Director of Coaching. He is currently studying a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating how coaches can use augmented information to guide the attentional search of athletes.
Shayne Vial is a PhD candidate (Edith Cowan University) and Biomechanist (Queensland Academy of Sport). Currently investigating the effect of acute fatigue on sprint technique in high-level soccer players and whether there is an association with muscle-tendon unit length of the hamstring muscles.
Maria J. Ayoub is a third year PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at Boston University. She conducts her research in the BU Motor Development Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Simone V. Gill. Her work utilizes a balanced Ecological Psychology/Neurocentric approach, and her interests are rooted in motor development and performance, both across the lifespan and within the context of neurodevelopmental disorders. Her current research analyzes the interactions between motor performance and cognition among neurotypical children, autistic children*, and adults with severe mental illness. For her dissertation work, Maria will utilize functional near-infrared spectroscopy to examine differences in cognitive-motor performance between neurotypical and autistic children* during dual-task walking. Outside of the lab, Maria enjoys pursuing volunteer work with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and serves as a committee member on the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
Prior to pursuing a PhD, Maria received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. She spent her undergraduate years as a research assistant in the UMD Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Rodolphe J. Gentili.
Amand L. Hardiman is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University (USU). His research interests focus on: (a) the sense of belonging of minoritized students in sport and higher education, (b) student-athlete identity, (c) organizational effectiveness, and (d) leadership development. He devotes time to diversity, equity, and inclusion work as a founding member of the Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA) and serving on several diversity committees at both the department and university level. Before pursuing his doctoral studies at USU, Amand obtained his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Bachelor of Science in Sport Management at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Alongside his academic endeavors, Amand has experience in basketball coaching (i.e., high school and college) and is now the founder and executive director of LearnYou Academy, which focuses on skill development, identity development and academic enrichment in youth sport. He is a children’s book author, co-authoring Adam: A story about roots, racism, and friendship and is an aspiring motivational speaker.
Laura is a PhD Candidate at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She is interested in programming, reproducibility, and open science practices. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of interactions on motor learning and retention, and her MSc thesis from the University of Ottawa investigated observational learning. Laura loves to talk about statistics and research methods and thinks that working with R is super fun!
Rob Mason is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). His PhD thesis focused on coach-athlete verbal feedback, with a focus on elite-level team sports. He is particularly interested in the reception of feedback by athletes, and the way that feedback changes based on the context in which it is given. He also works as a coach developer with an Australian Football League team, where he provides support to coaches around their use of feedback and teaching strategies.
Adam is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Functioning and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Vermont (UVM). For his Ph.D., Adam is focused on learning more about relationships between perceptive measures, such as the rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and sport-specific performance outcomes in athletes. He also serves as the Sports Science Coordinator at UVM where organizes the collection, interpretation, visualization, and applied integration of physiological data from the Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Basketball teams.
Prior to UVM, Adam was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach (2013-2015) and Sport Scientist (2015-2019) for the New York Rangers.
Through his personal brand, Adam also creates tools and sports science resources including Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets tutorials, plug-and-play sheets/files, and infographics. You can find all of that at his website, adamvirgile.com.