Jennifer Bhalla, PhD

Professor, Department Chair
UC Box 
Price 110
Areas I Teach 

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 opportunities 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.

KINES 300 | Kinesiology: Evidence

KINES 340 | Psychosocial Factors

KINES 498 | Capstone: In Progress

KINES 499 | Senior Capstone


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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Bhalla is chair of the Kinesiology Department and serves as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow for the College of Arts & Sciences. She teaches a variety of courses centered on the psychosocial aspects of physical activity and sport, and her teaching supports the allied fields of gender & sexuality studies and disability studies.