Dr. Barbi Law

Dr. Barbi Law

Schulich School of Education – Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator – MSc Kinesiology
office: AC 201-J
email: barbil@nipissingu.ca
tel: (705) 474-3450
ext: 4147
fax: 705-474-1947
Twitter: @DrBarbiLaw



BKin (Honours), McMaster University;
MA, University of Ottawa;
PhD, University of Western Ontario


Specialization and Interests

Areas of Specialization:

  • Applied sport psychology interventions (e.g., imagery, modeling)
  • Children's physical activity promotion

My research program explores strategies for creating positive sport and physical activity experiences, with a focus on children. Projects explore topics such as: 

  • Use of mental skills to enhancing learning, performance, and self-beliefs
  • Children's development of physical literacy
  • School-based physical activity
  • Coaches' integration of sport psychology into practice

Dr. Law is also a certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA-ACPS). She has provided mental training services and workshops to athletes, teams, and coaches from recreational to elite competitive levels.

Current Research and Funding
  • Opportunities for Moving More and Sitting Less: Exploring a Whole School Approach to Improve Children’s 24-Hour Movement Patterns (Co-Principal Investigator, funded by CIHR)
  • What is a Picture Worth? Exploring Children’s Modeling Use in Sport (Principal Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • Exploring Physical Activity Contributions within the School Day (Principal Investigator, funded by Nipissing University Research Council)
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation



Courses Taught
  • PHED 2026 Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • PHED 3306 Statistics in Physical Activity
  • KINE 5206 Integrative Seminar in Kinesiology 

Dr. Law is a founder of the Sport Psychology for Coaches website; a free resource for coaches with credible and up to date sport psychology information. 

For more information, please visit the Sport Psychology for Coaches website: 


Select Publications

Papers in Refereed Journals:

  1. McGuckin, M. E., Law, B., McAuliffe, J., Rickwood, G. & Bruner, M. W. (2016). Social influences on return to play following concussion in female competitive ice hockey players. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39(4), 426-445.
  2. Pope, J. P., Westlund, N., Law, B., Hall, C., Gregg, M., & Robertson, R. (2015). Knowledge transfer of sport psychology to coaches: Coaches’ use of online resources. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(6), 1055-1070.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/1747-9541.10.6.1055
  3. McGoey, T., Root, Z., Bruner, M. W., & Law, B. (2015). Evaluation of physical activity interventions in children via the Reach, Efficacy/Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) Framework: A systematic review of randomised and non-randomised trials. Preventive Medicine, 82, 8-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.004
  4. Westlund, N., Divine, A., O, J., & Law, B. (2015). Considerations for conducting imagery interventions in physical education settings. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 10(1), 31-47. doi: 10.1515/jirspa-2015-0001
  5. MacIntosh, E., & Law, B. (2015). Should I stay or should I go? Exploring the decision to join, maintain, or cancel a fitness membership. Managing Sport and Leisure, 20(3), 191-210DOI:10.1080/23750472.2015.1025093
  6. Edwards, J., Law, B., & Latimer, A. E. (2012). Effects of an imagery workshop on coaches’ encouragement of imagery use. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7(2), 317-331. doi 10.1260/1747-9541.7.2.317
  7. Ste-Marie , D.M., Law, B., Rymal, A.M., O, J., Hall, C., & McCullagh, P. (2012). Observation interventions for motor skill learning and performance: An applied model for the use of observation. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2012.665076
  8. Law, B. & Hall, C. (2009). The relationship between skill level, age, and golfers’ observational learning use. The Sport Psychologist, 23(1), 42-58.
  9. Law, B., Driediger, M., Hall, C., & Forwell, L. (2006). Imagery use, perceived pain, limb functioning and satisfaction in athletic injury rehabilitation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 34(1), 10-16.
  10. Law, B. & Ste-Marie, D. M. (2005). The effect of self-modeling on figure skating jump performance and psychological variables. European Journal of Sport Science, 5, 143-152. doi: 10.1080/17461390500159273


  1. Gregg, M., Law, B., O, J., & Davies, K. (2012). Understanding Sport Psychology: Activities for Putting it all Together. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Book Chapters: 

  1. McCullagh, P., Law, B., & Ste-Marie, D. M. (2012). Chapter 13: Modeling and performance. In S. Murphy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Current Opportunities

Dr. Law is still accepting graduate students and undergraduate thesis students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interested students should contact her directly.

Nipissing University
100 College Drive, Box 5002
North Bay, ON, Canada
P1B 8L7
Tel: 705.474.3450
Fax: 705.474.1947
TTY: 877.688.5507