Erica Bennett, recent PhD graduate in Sport and Exercise Psychology with Dr. Peter Crocker and Dr. Laura Hurd Clarke, has been selected to receive the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) Young Scientist Award (YSA).
Each year, three researchers from across Canada are selected to receive the YSA, with categories in Motor Behaviour, Sport Psychology, and Exercise and Health Psychology.
SCAPPS trainee members awarded with a YSA are selected on criteria of scholarly contributions to date and the quality of thesis-related research. Erica has been selected in the Exercise and Health Psychology category.
Erica’s doctoral research explored older physically active women’s body image. In particular, in her work she examined how cultural age and body norms emphasizing youthfulness and health influenced how older physically active women perceived, experienced, and coped with age-related changes to their health, body function, and appearance.
Prior to her PhD, Erica completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UBC, and her Master’s degree in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology) at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Peter Crocker. She will be commencing a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship at UBC in Kinesiology this September.
In her free time, Erica enjoys walking in the trails with her dog Lily, practicing yoga, and playing softball and golf.