Jennifer Bhalla

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science


UC Box: A154

Office: Stoller Center 114


PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA in 2009.

Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota, MN, 2013.

Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2001.

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1997.

Areas of Research & Specialization


Published Works

Weiss, M.R., Stuntz, C.P., Bhalla, J.A., Bolter, N.D., & Price, M.S. (2012). ‘More than a game’: Impact of The First Tee life skills programme on positive youth development: Project introduction and Year 1 findings. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health. 1-31. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2012.712997

Bhalla, J.A., & Weiss, M.R. (2010). A cross-cultural perspective of parental influence on female adolescents’ achievement beliefs and behaviors in sport and school domains. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 81, 494-505.

Weiss, M.R., Bhalla, J.A., & Price, M.S. (2008). Developing positive self-perceptions through youth sport participation. In O. Bar-Or & H. Hebestreit (Eds.), The encyclopedia of sports medicine, Vol. X: The young athlete (pp. 302-318). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science, Ltd.

Professional Affiliations


American Public Health Association (APHA), 2011 - present
Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), 2006 - present
Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD), 2006 -present North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), 2004 - present Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), 2003 - present
American Psychological Association (APA), 2003 - present
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), 1999 - present National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), 1998 - present
Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1995 - 1997

Honor & Awards


  • Inducted into inaugural class to the Hillfield Strathallan College Athletics Hall of Fame, 2012

  • Research Writing Award, Research Consortium—American Alliance for Health, Physical

    Education, Recreation, and Dance, 2011

  • Graduate Faculty Status, University of Minnesota, 2010

  • A.L. Bennett Endowed Scholarship, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2006

  • Philip Morris Minority Fellowship, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2004

  • Honored as only graduate student representative to pre-graduation luncheon, Smith College, 2001

  • Rutgers College Dean’s List, Rutgers University, 1994 – 1997

  • GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-America, District Team, Rutgers University, 1996

  • BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete, Rutgers University, 1996

  • Rutgers President Award, Rutgers University, 1995 & 1996

  • Rutgers Governor’s Award, Rutgers University, 1996

  • Rutgers University Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete, Rutgers University, 1995 & 1996

  • Rutgers University Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player, Rutgers University, 1995

  • BIG EAST Academic All-Conference, Rutgers University, 1995 & 1996

  • Club Industry Magazine Scholarship, Rutgers University, 1996

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

EXMB 303 Medical Kinesiology

EXMB 333 Sport Psychology

EXMB 336 Sports and Society

EXIP 399 Junior Seminar

EXMB 400 Advanced Analysis in Kinesology

EXMB 413 Adult Fitness Practicum

EXIP 498/499 Senior Research