Professor to discuss psychological outcomes for girls in sports

Jeana Magyar-Moe


Learn how playing sports affects girls’ self-esteem, emotional well-being and social
competence in a free lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Associate professor of psychology and former Pointers basketball player Jeana Magyar-Moe will present “The Psychological Effects of Participation in Sports for Girls and Women” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. The talk is part of the year-long “Access to Opportunity” lecture series at UW-Stevens Point and will be held in the Laird Room at the Dreyfus University Center on campus.


The lecture series marks UW-Stevens Point’s hosting of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four in March 2014, and centers on the access to opportunity Title IX gave young women playing scholastic sports.


The topic is a personal one for Magyar-Moe, a 1998 alumna of UW-Stevens Point who played under Coach Shirley Egner. Magyar-Moe now specializes in positive psychology and serves as the sports psychologist for Pointer athletes.


“Sports, and basketball in particular, have been a key part of my life since the fifth grade,” she said. “In my presentation, I will address the role that parents, coaches and other social influences can have in terms of fostering healthy versus unhealthy experiences for girls in sports.”


Since she began teaching at UW-Stevens Point in 2003, Magyar-Moe has been named a Katz Distinguished Professor and received two University Excellence in Teaching Awards, a University Scholar Award, a University Service Award and five University Leadership Mentor Awards. She was a distinguished lecturer for the 2007 University Evening and has been invited to speak at several positive psychology summits. She has authored numerous publications on positive psychology. A licensed psychologist, she works with clients in the community. She also serves as an assistant coach with the Stevens Point Girls Hoops Club.


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