Rebecca Busanich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

651-690-6411

rlbusanich586@stkate.edu

Dr. Rebecca Busanich is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Studies at St. Catherine University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Iowa, a Master's degree from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Busanich’s research explores the social and cultural narratives around physical activity, eating and the body and translates her findings to promote healthy/positive eating and physical activity experiences, along with exercise adherence, in underrepresented populations. In exploring these ideas, Dr. Busanich draws upon constructionist and critical feminist theories and social ecological frameworks, along with qualitative methodologies (i.e., narrative inquiry, community-based participatory research, ethnography) and innovative visual and creative methods (i.e., photovoice, journaling and visual narrative). In so doing, her work helps to bridge the gaps between the fields of exercise/sport psychology, cultural studies, public health, and health promotion.

Dr. Busanich teaches courses in research methods and health behavior psychology. She is committed through her teaching, research and service to enhancing the health and well-being of others. Her passion for the field is also demonstrated in her own active lifestyle, as a distance runner and yoga/pilates enthusiast and through her previous involvement with various local foods and gardening organizations. Additionally, Dr. Busanich acts in the role of sport psychology consultant for the St. Kate’s softball team – and enjoys working with collegiate female athletes to empower them to excel in all aspects of life, both on and off the field.

Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Psychology
University of Iowa, 2011

Master of Science, Sports Medicine
University of Oregon, 2005

Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training
University of Michigan, 2003

Finalist for Distinguished Teaching Award, Plymouth State University, Spring 2017

Awarded American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Innovation Award for Healthy PSU Program Development, January 2017

Awarded American Heart Association’s Platinum Fit-Friendly Award for Healthy PSU Program Development, June 2015

Awarded American Heart Association’s Gold Fit-Friendly Award for Healthy PSU Program Development, July 2014

Awarded Presidents’ Community Partner Award in 2014 for the Center for Active Living & Healthy Community’s Partnership with the Circle Program

Awarded Outstanding Paper of 2013, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

Vagina Warrior nominee, Plymouth State University, 2012

Margaret O. Osborn Memorial Scholarship, University of Iowa, 2009–2011

Graduate College Summer Fellowship, University of Iowa, Summer 2010

M. Gladys Scott Scholarship, University of Iowa, 2008–2009

Bell Scholarship, University of Iowa, 2007–2008, 2009–2010, 2010–2011

Michigan Higher Assistance Authority Competitive Scholarship, 1999–2002

University of Michigan Dean’s List/University Honors, 1999–2003

University of Michigan Shipman Scholarship, 1999–2003

Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award, University of Michigan, 2001–2003

Phoebe Martha Scott Award runner-up, University of Michigan, 2002

James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan, 2001–2003

Project Lead, Eco-Friendly Eating Festival; $1,000 funded by Plymouth State University Health & Human Enrichment Cluster, Fall 2016

Lead Researcher, Assessing Student Health & Well-Being at PSU; $1,000 funded by Plymouth State University Health & Human Enrichment Cluster, Fall 2016

Lead Researcher, Designing a Worksite Wellness Campaign with the Common Man family; $1,000 funded by Plymouth State University Health & Human Enrichment Cluster, Fall 2016–Spring 2017

Principal Investigator, A Narrative Exploration of Adaptive Sports and Disability in New Hampshire’s North Country; $3,784 funded by Plymouth State University Research Advisory Council, 2014–2015.

Principal Investigator, The sociocultural construction of physical activity and nutrition during pregnancy: A media analysis; partially funded ($800) through NIH NH-INBRE grant, Spring 2013.

Research Assistant, Understanding gender differences in exercise from a social ecological perspective during and after cardiac rehabilitation: A multi-site trial, $348,668. Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Chris M. Blanchard, Principal Investigator, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine. Operating grant, 2007–2011.

Research Assistant, Why aren’t women engaging in as much exercise during and after cardiac rehabilitation as men? A social ecological perspective, $142,192. Agency: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canada. Chris M. Blanchard, Principal Investigator, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine. Grant in aid, 2007–2010.

Research Assistant, Understanding gender differences across life stages in physical activity participation from a social ecological perspective: A qualitative study, $15,000. Agency: The University of Iowa Prevention Research Center Pilot Grant Program, funding through the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research (CDC). Pilot grant, 2008–2010.

  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science
  • Exercise & Health Psychology (Health Behavior Psychology)

Consulting

Sport Psychology consulting, St. Catherine University Softball Team (NCAA Div. III), 2017–18

Sport Psychology consulting, Plymouth State University Baseball Team (NCAA Div. III), 2016–17

Developed nutrition and physical activity workshop for Plymouth Elementary School kindergarten students, Spring 2016

Program developer and lead researcher for Healthy PSU (Plymouth State University worksite wellness program), 2011–present

Nutrition education and consulting for Holderness Prep School (Holderness, NH) Athletics and Dining Staff, 2014–present

Nutrition education and consulting for PSU’s women’s lacrosse player(s), men’s ice hockey team, women’s volleyball team, and men’s baseball team, 2013–present

Developed and led exercise and health psychology workshop for Healthy PSU (Plymouth State University worksite wellness program), titled “Re-Story and Restore your Relationship with your Body, Food & Exercise,” Spring 2014

Developed and led a 4-week workshop for Plymouth Elementary School on enhancing 4th grade girls’ physical self-esteem, Spring 2014

Professional Association Membership and Participation

Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Diversity Committee member, 2016–2019

NATABOC certified athletic trainer (A.T.C.) since June 2003 (Certification # 070302284), retired since 2015

Member of Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) since 2006

Member of National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPPH) since 2011

Member of International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) since 2011

Other Professional Activities/Services

Invited Reviewer for Athletic Inquiry (Ed: Robert J. Schinke), 2015–present

Invited Reviewer for Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (Ed: Daniel Weigand), 2014–present

Invited Reviewer for Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Ed: Robert J. Schinke), 2014–present

Invited Reviewer for a special cultural sports psychology issue of Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Ed: Robert J. Schinke), 2014–present

Invited Reviewer for Athletic Insight, The Online Journal of Sport Psychology (Ed: Robert J. Schinke), 2012–present

Invited Reviewer for Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health (Ed: Brett Smith), 2012–present

Advisory Board Member, Local Foods Plymouth, Plymouth, NH, 2011–2015

Lead Researcher and Steering Committee Member, Healthy PSU (worksite wellness program, Plymouth State University), 2011–2017

Professional Development Activities

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Weight of the Nation Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2012

American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) Grants Resource Center Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2012

National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPH) & Center for Disease Control (CDC) Physical Activity and Public Health Research Fellow, Hilton Head, South Carolina, September 2011

Chapters in Academic Books

Busanich, R. (in progress). Gender Comparisons. In D. Hackfort & R. Schinke (Eds.), Dictionary of Sport Psychology.

Busanich, R. (in progress). Post-Structuralism. In D. Hackfort & R. Schinke (Eds.), Dictionary of Sport Psychology.

McGannon, K.R. & Busanich, R. (2016). Athletes and motherhood. In R.J. Schinke, K.R. McGannon & B. Smith (Eds.). The Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology (pp. 286-295). London: Routledge.

Schinke, R.J., McGannon, K.R., Busanich, R. & Oghene, P. (forthcoming, 2016). Multicultural performance psychology: Acculturation struggles of a successful international amateur boxer emerging onto the World scene. In J.G. Cremades, & L.S. Tashman (Eds.). Global practices and training in applied sport, exercise, and performance psychology: A case study approach. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

McGannon, K. R., Schinke, R. J., & Busanich, R. (2014). Cultural Sport Psychology: Considerations for Enhancing Cultural Competence of Practitioners. In L.S. Tashman & J.G. Cremades (Eds.) Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: International Perspectives (pp. 135-142). London: Routledge.

McGannon, K.R. & Busanich, R. (2010). Rethinking subjectivity in sport and exercise psychology: A feminist post-structuralist perspective on women’s embodied physical activity. In T. Ryba, R.J. Schinke & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.) The Cultural Turn in Sport Psychology (pp. 203-229). Morgantown, West Virginia: Fitness Information Technology.

Articles – Refereed Journals (in press, published)

Schinke, R. J., McGannon, K. R., Busanich, R., & Ge, Y. (2016). A commentary on sport and terrorism from the vantage of sport psychology. American Behavioral Scientist.

McGannon, K. R., Gonsalves, C. A., Schinke, R. J., & Busanich, R. (2015). Negotiating motherhood and athletic identity: A qualitative analysis of Olympic athlete mother representations in media narratives. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 20, 51-59.

Busanich, R., McGannon, K. R., & Schinke, R. J. (2015). Exploring disordered eating & embodiment in male distance runners through visual narrative methods. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2015.1028093

Busanich, R., McGannon, K.R. & Schinke, R. (2014). Comparing elite male and female distance runner’s experiences of disordered eating through narrative analysis. Psychology of Sport & Exercise: Special Issue on Eating Disorders in Sport, 15, 705-712. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.10.002

McGannon, K.R., Busanich, R.,Witcher, C.S.G. & Schinke, R.J. (2014). A social ecological exploration of physical activity influences among rural men and women across life stages. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6 (4), 517-536. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2013.819374

Schinke, R. J., McGannon, K. R., Watson, J. & Busanich, R. (2013). Moving toward trust and partnership: An example of sport related community based participatory action research with aboriginal people and mainstream academics. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

Busanich, R., McGannon, K. R., & Schinke, R. J. (2012). Expanding understandings of the body, food & exercise relationship in distance runners: A narrative approach. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 582-590.

Busanich, R. & McGannon, K.R. (2010). Deconstructing disordered eating: A feminist psychological approach to the body, food and exercise relationship in female athletes. Quest, 62, 385-405.

McGannon, K.R. & Busanich, R. (2010). Enough about you, let’s talk about me: Using grounded theory to understand identity as a socio-cultural influence on rural women’s physical activity participation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 32, S17.

McGannon, K.R., Blanchard, C.M., Busanich, R., McDonnell, L., & Reid, B., Rhodes, R.E., Spence, J.C., Morin, L. & Edwards, N. (2009). Understanding gender differences in physical activity participation during home-based cardiac rehabilitation: A grounded theory approach. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, S84.

Verkerke (now Busanich), R.L. (April 2006). Athletic Trainers’ Confidence in Identifying and Effectively Managing Disordered Eating in Female Athletes Following an Educational Seminar. Kinesiology Abstracts Bulletin, 18(2)

International and National Presentations – Refereed

Busanich, R. (2017, October). Breaking Down Stigmas & Stereotypes: Male Athletes’ Experiences with Disordered Eating. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Orlando, FL.

Busanich, R. (2016, October). A Magic Carpet Ride: Adaptive Skiing Narratives for Individuals with Varying Disabilities. Lecture presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Phoenix, AZ.

Normandin, D., Busanich, R., & McCahan, B. (2016, April). Healthy PSU: Shifting the Organizational Culture to Inspire Health Behavior Change by Engaging Employees in a Higher Education Environment. Poster presentation at the 26th annual Art & Science of Health Promotion national conference, Orlando, FL.

Normandin, D., Busanich, R., & McCahan, B. (2015, April). Healthy PSU: Building Healthy People in a Healthy Place. Poster presentation at the 25th annual Art & Science of Health Promotion national conference, San Diego, CA.

Busanich, R. (2014, October). The sociocultural construction of exercise during pregnancy: A narrative analysis of Fit Pregnancy magazine. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Las Vegas, NV.

Busanich, R. (2012, October). Express your (wo)manhood: The use of visual methods to explore gendered narratives around the body, food and exercise in distance runners. In K. R. McGannon (Chair), Exploring gender and diversity through cultural sport psychology and diverse methodological approaches: Three research examples. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Atlanta, GA.

McGannon, K.R. & Busanich, R. (2010, June). Enough about you, let’s talk about me: Using grounded theory to understand identity as a socio-cultural influence on rural women’s physical activity participation. Presentation as part of a symposium at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Tucson, AZ.

McGannon, K.R. & Busanich, R. (2010, May). Understanding exercise participation in cardiac patients: A qualitative study. Presentation at Dalhousie University, Department of Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

McGannon, K.R., Blanchard, C.M., Busanich, R., McDonnell, L., & Reid, B., Rhodes, R.E., Spence, J.C., Morin, L. & Edwards, N. (2009, April). Understanding gender differences in physical activity participation during home-based cardiac rehabilitation: A grounded theory approach. Presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Busanich, R.L. (2007, October). Athletic Trainers’ Confidence in Identifying and Effectively Managing Disordered Eating in Female Athletes Following and Educational Seminar: Implications for an Ecological Research Approach. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Louisville, KY.

Verkerke (now Busanich), R.L. (2005, February). Identifying and Effectively Managing Disordered Eating in Female Athletes. Presentation at the meeting of the Big Sky Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Conference (BSSMATC), Big Sky, MT.

Non-Refereed (Non-Juried) Presentations

Community/Professional Contributions: Invited Scholarly Presentations

Busanich, R. (2016, December). Resisting cultural constructions of the body, food and exercise to improve mental, emotional and physical health. Invited panelist at North Country Health Consortium. Littleton, NH.

Busanich, R. (2016, June). The Weight We All Carry: Resisting Cultural Narratives around Body Weight to Improve Health and Well-Being. Invited keynote speaker at North Country Health Consortium. Littleton, NH.

Busanich, R. (2016, March). A Magic Carpet Ride: Adaptive Skiing Narratives for Individuals with Varying Disabilities. Center for Active Living & Healthy Communities 2015-16 Research Colloqium Series. Plymouth, NH.

Busanich, R. (2015, June). A Narrative Exploration of Adaptive Sports and Disability in New Hampshire’s North Country. Presentation to Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country board members and stakeholders. Bethlehem, NH.

Busanich, R. (2015, April). Female Empowerment: How to Become a Strong, Courageous, Confident, Healthy Young Woman in a (sometimes) Toxic World. Invited keynote speaker at Health & Wellness Day, Peshtigo High School. Peshtigo, WI

Busanich, R. (2014, April). 4-week workshop on enhancing physical self-esteem, Plymouth Elementary School. Plymouth, NH.

Busanich, R. (2014, April). Re-Story and Restore your Relationship with your Body, Food & Exercise. 4-week workshop for Healthy PSU. Plymouth, NH.

Busanich, R., Brohinsky, Z. & Fosdick, A. (2012, October). New Ideas on Eating Well “Locally.” Presentation as part of community education series titled, Healthy Living: Here, Now & Passing Forward. Plymouth, NH.

Mailman, L. & Busanich, R. (2013, April). The sociocultural construction of physical activity and nutrition during pregnancy: A media analysis. Poster presentation at PSU Student Showcase of Excellence.