CPASS Doctorate Student receives grant to fund dissertation research

Janaina Fogaca in front of the CPASS building Janaina Fogaca, CPASS doctorate student, has received a grant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. 

Fogaca’s research focus is supervision in applied sport psychology. “I am trying to find out what approaches to supervision are being currently used and how they relate to service-delivery competence in beginning supervisees. Supervision is one way of making sure that the new professionals getting into the field are competent to work with clients. However, it is a topic that is not well researched and none of the associations of sport psychology provide official guidelines to supervision,” Fogaca said.

Fogaca has experienced different types of supervision during her path as a student. “I think that this is a very important aspect of development in our field that has potential to improve the field as a whole if we get better at it. So I decided to investigate more how we can improve it,” she explained

CPASS professors Drs. Sam Zizzi, Dana Voelker and Ryan Flett have helped Fogaca along her research path.

“Dr. Zizzi is my advisor. He helped me by guiding me through the organization of my research ideas and honing into something meaningful to me and to the field. He was also fundamental in reviewing my grant and giving me timely feedback so I could finish it before the deadline,” Fogaca said.

“I talked to Dr. Flett, who showed me his own grant proposal, which was fundamental for me to write a successful one for myself. I also talked to Dr. Voelker, who gave me great writing and budgeting tips that were extremely helpful as well,” Fogaca added.

The AASP grant will help Fogaca continue her research.                   

“The support from AASP is not only important to help me finish my research on time but also to recognize the importance of finding out what type of supervision we should be using in applied sport psychology,” Fogaca explained.

“After I finish my dissertation I also expect to have a better idea of the main characteristics of effective supervision for beginning practitioners and in the future maybe compare the different approaches' effect on more experienced supervisees' development,” she concluded. 

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