Faculty: Arts and Science
Physical Well-being, Activity, Health, Kids, Active Living, Youth Sport, Sports Psychology, Role Models, Hazing, childhood children obesity inactive exercise abuse education motivation play hockey parent athletes
A native Montrealer, Dr. Baron has been at Concordia University since 1976. She also has held Visiting Scholar posts at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of California at Los Angeles and Florida International University.
Dr. Baron attained her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto (the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). She is both an Educational Psychologist and Sport Psychology Educator. She has pursued two lines of research over the span of her career--children and technology and most recently, physical activity, health and well-being. Her present research focuses on children's attributions for success in physical education classes and motivations for Active Living in different contexts. Dr. Baron has also looked at the anxiety-reducing and mood-enhancing properties of more alternative movement forms (e.g., Tai Chi Chuan).
Her research has always been carried out with practical application in mind. For example, how do children's feelings for success in school-related physical education correspond to the types of activities that are provided in formal physical education classes? Or, how can we motivate individuals across the lifespan to become more physically active?
As a Sport Psychology Education, Dr. Baron not only teaches courses in the area, but also consults with athletes.