Dr. Barbi Law


Schulich School of Education – Associate Professor (Leave)
office: AC201-J
email: barbil@nipissingu.ca
tel: (705) 474-3450
ext: 4147
fax: 705-474-1947


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

Areas of Specialization:

Psychological skills used to enhance learning and performance in movement settings (e.g., sport, exercise, injury rehabilitation, and physical education)

Research Interests:

  • Modeling (observational learning) and imagery interventions in sport, exercise, injury rehabilitation, and physical education settings
  • Development of physical literacy and self-efficacy
  • Self-regulation of learning

Current Funding

RBC, Public Health Agency of Canada, with support from ParticipACTION


Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Diabetes Strategy

Select Publications

1.McGuckin, M. E., Bruner, M. W., Law, B., McAuliffe, J., & Rickwood, G. (in press, 2016). Social influences on return to play following concussion in female competitive ice hockey players. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39(4).

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. Ste-Marie, D. M., Carter, M., Law, B., Vertes, K., & Smith, V. (Dec 2015 online). Self-controlled learning benefits: Examining the contributions of self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation via path analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1130236

6. O, J., Law, B., & Rymal, A. (2015). Now hear this: Auditory sense may be an undervalued component of effective modeling and imagery interventions in sport. The Open Psychology Journal, 8, 203-211. Doi: 10.2174/1874350101508010203

7. McGoey, T., Root, Z., Bruner, M. W., & Law, B. (2015). A RE-AIM evaluation of physical activity interventions in youth. Preventive Medicine, 76, 56-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.04.006

8. 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), 191-210. DOI:10.1080/23750472.2015.1025093

9. Ste-Marie, D. M., Vertes, K. A., Law, B., & Rymal, A. M. (2013). Learner-controlled self-observation is advantageous for motor skill acquisition. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3:556. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00556

10. McCullagh, P., Ste-Marie, D. M., & Law, B. (2013). Modeling: How observing changes behaviours. In J. Van Raalte & B. Brewer (Eds.), Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology (3rd, pp. 139-162). APA Press.

11. 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

12. 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

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

14. 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.

15. Law, B. & Hall, C. (2009). The relationship between skill level, age, and golfers’ observational learning use. The Sport Psychologist, 23(1), 42-58.

16. Cholewa, S.A., Law, B., & Carron, A.V. (2008). An examination of exercise partners preferred by university students. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 4(1), 30-38.

17. 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.


Courses Taught

  • PHED 1016 Motor Development
  • PHED 2026 Psychology of Physical Activity
  • PHED 4046 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity