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About Rebecca Busanich, PhD


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 (’11), a Master's degree from the University of Oregon (’05), and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan (’03).
 
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, for underrepresented populations. In exploring these ideas, Dr. Busanich draws upon social constructionist and critical feminist theoretical perspectives and narrative methodologies to further explore the ways in which gender and sociocultural positions impact health behaviors and the meaning-making process underlying these behaviors. In doing so, her work helps to bridge the gaps between the fields of exercise/sport psychology, cultural studies, public health, and health promotion.
 
At St. Kate’s, Dr. Busanich teaches courses in research methods, sport psychology, health behavior psychology, and in the core as an instructor for The Reflective Woman. 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 runner, yoga enthusiast, and avid weight lifter. Additionally, Dr. Busanich enjoys working with female athletes to empower them to excel in all aspects of life, both on and off the field - which is exemplified in her serving on the advisory board for the community organization, Her Next Play.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Exercise Sciences, St. Catherine University Exercise Sciences Department
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2018 - 2019 The Ripple Effect: A sociocultural exploration of narrative reproduction on the exercise experience and adherence across the lifespan
St. Catherine University GHR Innovative Scholarship Grant
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Diversity Committee Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
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Honors and Awards

  • • Research featured in Runner’s World online magazine in article titled, “Faster at a Cost” by Cindy Kuzma, April 16, 2018.

Courses

  • The Reflective Woman
  • Capstone
  • Introduction to Exercise & Sport Science
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Sport Psychology
  • Health Behavior Psychology

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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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6411

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