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About Rebecca Busanich

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.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Exercise Sciences, St. Catherine University Exercise Sciences Department
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Education

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2011 Ph.D., University of Iowa ‐ Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Psychology
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2005 MS, University of Oregon ‐ Master of Science, Sports Medicine
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2003 BS, University of Michigan ‐ Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training
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Phone: 651-690-6411

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