Singer, Robert (Bob) Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

  • Ph.D. in Physical Education (minor: the Psychology of Learning) from Ohio State University (1964)
  • M.S. in Physical Education (minor: Psychology) from Pennsylvania State University (1962)
  • B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Brooklyn College (1961)

Curriculum Vitae

General Goals of Research:

The two general objectives of most of my research and publications are primarily associated with:

(1) understanding cognitive processes involved in the learning and performing of motor (movement) skills from
beginning level to high achievement and excellence; and

(2) formulating ideal practice and preparatory conditions that contribute to learning, performing, and attaining skill efficiently and effectively.

 

Publications:

Books

 Singer, R.N., Hausenblas, H., & Janelle, C. (Eds.) (2001). Handbook of sport psychology. New York: Wiley.

Singer, R.N., Murphey, M., & Tennant, K. (Eds.) (1993). Handbook of research on sport psychology. New York: Macmillan.

Singer, R. N. (1986). Peak performance…and more. Ithaca, NY: Mouvement Publications.

Singer, R. N. (1984). Sustaining motivation in sport. Tallahassee, FL: Sport Consultants International.

Singer, R. N. (1982). The learning of motor skills. New York: Macmillan.

Singer, R. N. (1980). Motor learning and human performance (3rd ed.), New York: Macmillan. (2nd ed., 1975, 1st ed.,1968).

Singer, R. N., & Dick, W. (1980). Teaching physical education: A systems approach (2nd ed.) with Teacher’s Guide

and Student Handbook. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. (1st ed., 1974).

Singer, R. N. (Ed.). (1976). Physical education: Foundations. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Singer, R. N. (1975). Myths and truths in sports psychology. New York: Harper & Row.

Singer, R. N., & Milne, C. M., with Magill, R., Powell, F. M., & Vachon, L. (1975). Laboratory and field experiments

in motor learning. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.

Singer, R. N. (1972). Coaching, athletics, and psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Singer, R. N., Lamb, D. R., Loy, J. W., Malina, R. M., & Kleinman, S. (1972). Physical education: An interdisciplinary

approach. New York: Macmillan.

Singer, R. N. (Ed.). (1972). Readings in motor learning. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.

Singer, R. N. (Ed.). (1972). The psychomotor domain: Movement behavior. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.Book Translations:

Book Translations:

Handbook of sport psychology into Japanese

Motor learning and human performance into Japanese, German, and Korean.

Teaching physical education into Portuguese.

Myths and truths in sports psychology into Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese.

The learning of motor skills into Spanish and Italian.

Peak performance… and more into Japanese.

Chapters in and Contributions to Books:

Singer, R.N, & Anshel, M.H. (2006). An overview of interventions in sport. In J. Dosil (Ed.), The sport psychologist`s
handbook: A guide for sport-specific performance enhancement (pp. 63-88). Chichester, West Sussex, England: Wiley.

Singer, R.N., & Anshel, M.H. (2006). Assessment, evaluation and counseling in sport. In J. Dosil (Ed.), The sport
psychologist`s handbook: A guide for sport-specific performance enhancement (pp. 89-117). Chichester, West Sussex, England: Wiley.

Lidor, R., & Singer, R.N. (2005). Learning strategies in motor skill acquisition: From the laboratory to the gym. In D.
Hackford, J.L. Duda, and R. Lidor (Eds.), Handbook of research in applied sport and exercise psychology: International
perspectives (pp.109-126). Morgantown, W.V.: Fitness Information Technology.

Lidor, R., & Singer, R.N. (2003). Pre-performance routines in self-paced tasks: Developmental and educational considerations.
In R. Lidor & K. Henschen (Eds.), The psychology of team sports (pp. 69-98). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Singer, R.N., & Burke, K.L. (2002). Sport and exercise psychology: A positive force in the new millennium. In J.L.Van Raalte & B.W. Brewer (Eds.),
Exploring sport and exercise psychology, 2
nd edition (pp. 525-539). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Singer, R.N., & Janelle, C.M. (2001). Sport psychology in the United States. In R. Lidor, T. Morris, N. Bardaxoglou, &
B. Becker, Jr. (Eds.), The world sport psychology source book, 3rd ed. (pp. 191-202).Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Singer, R.N., & Orbach, I. (1999). Persistence, excellence, and fulfillment. In R. Lidor & M. Bar-Eli (Eds.), Sport
psychology: Linking theory and practice (pp. 167-190). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Singer, R.N. (1998). From the laboratory to the courts: understanding and training anticipation and decision-making. In
A. Lees, I. Maynard, M. Hughes, & T. Reilly (Eds.), Science and racket sports II (pp. 109-120). London, England: E & FN Spon.

Singer, R.N. (1996). Future of sport and exercise psychology. In J.L. Van Raalte & B.W. Brewer (Eds.), Apractitioner’s guide
to sport and exercise psychology (pp. 451-468). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Singer, R.N. (1995). Sport psychology: An overview. In K. Henschen & W.F. Straub (Eds.), Sport psychology: Ananalysis of
athlete behavior (pp. 3-23). Ithaca, NY: Mouvement Publications.

Singer, R. N. (1995). Mental quickness in dynamic sport situations. In F. H. Fu & M. L. Ng (Eds.), Sport psychology perspectives
and practices toward the 21st Century (pp. 63-82). Hong Kong: Department of Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Singer, R. N. (1994). Sport psychology: An integrated approach. In S. Serpa, J. Alves, & V. Pataco (Eds.), International perspectives
on sport and exercise psychology (pp. 1-20). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Singer, R. N. (1992). Autobiography, in C.W. Snyder & B. Abernethy (Eds.), The creative side of experimentation: Personal perspectives
from leading researchers in motor control, motor development, and sport psychology (pp. 65-77), Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Singer, R. N. (1986). Current perspectives on motor learning and sport psychology. In L. Unestahl (Ed.), Sport psychology
In theory and practice (pp. 5-19). Orebro, Sweden: VEJE Publications.

Singer, R. N. (1985). Perceptual and psychomotor learning in industrial arts education. In J. M. Shemick (Ed.), Perceptual and
psychomotor learning in industrial arts education (34th Yearbook of the American Council on Industrial Arts
Teacher Education) (pp. 30-62). Peoria, IL: Bennett and McKnight.

Singer, R. N. (1980). Motor behavior and the role of cognitive processes and learner strategies. In G. E. Stelmach & J. Requin (Eds.),
Tutorials in motor behavior (pp. 591-603). Amsterdam: North
Holland.

Singer, R. N., & Gerson, R. F. (1979). Learning strategies, cognitive processes, and motor learning. In H. F. O’Neil &
C. D. Spielberger (Eds.), Cognitive and affective learning strategies (pp. 215-247). New York: Academic Press.

Singer, R. N. (1978). Sport psychology: An overview. In W. F. Straub (Ed.), Sport psychology: An analysis of athlete
behavior (pp. 1-12). Ithaca, NY: Movement Publications.

Singer, R. N. (1978). The readiness to learn skills necessary for participation in sport. In R. A. Magill, M. J. Ash, & F.
L. Smoll (Eds.), Children in sport: A contemporary anthology (pp. 27-39). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Singer, R. N. (1978). Motor skills and learner strategies. In H. F. O’Neil (Ed.), Learning strategies (pp. 79-106). New
York: Academic Press.

Singer, R. N. (1977). Different strokes for different folks: Teaching skills to kids. In J. Thomas (Ed.), Youth sports guide for
coaches and parents (pp. 45-62). Washington, DC: AAHPER.

Singer, R. N. (1977). Technoscientific forecasts. In R. W. Welsh (Ed.), Physical education: A view toward the future
(pp. 172-190). St. Louis: C. W. Mosby.

Singer, R. N. (1973). Motor learning as a function of age and sex. In G. L. Rarick (Ed.), Physical activity: Human growth
and development (pp. 176-200). New York: Academic Press.

Singer, R. N. (1973). Experimental design. In A. W. Hubbard (Ed.), Research methods (pp. 239-270). Washington,
DC: American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Singer, R. N. (1972). Social facilitation. In W. P. Morgan (Ed.), Ergogenic aids and muscular performance (pp. 263-289). New York: Academic Press.

Singer, R. N. (1972). The psychomotor domain: General considerations. In NSMI (Ed.), The psychomotor domain (pp.7-41). Washington, DC: Gryphon Press.

Major Grant:

Singer, R. N. (1977-1980), Cognitive strategies and skill acquisition. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,

$299, 000. Changed at the Agency`s request to 1977-1979, for $194,000, as the Agency`s funding level was reduced.

Scholarly and Research Articles: over 150 Professional Articles: over 100

Editorial Boards:

Journal of Human Performance (1998-2001)

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (1988-1995)

The Sport Psychologist (1986-1995)

International Journal of Sport Psychology (1978-1988)

Physician and Sports medicine (1979-1986)

Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (1978-1988)

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (1971-1982)

Journal of Motor Behavior (1969-1980)

Presentations:

Invited presenter, consultant, and presider (over 370) at numerous professional meetings, conferences, universities,
workshops, and in many countries other than the USA (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, People’s
Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, former Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic,
former East Germany, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel,
Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Russia,
Singapore, former Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Wales). The major
involvements could be categorized as sport psychology and motor learning.

Other countries visited: Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Poland, Slovakia

Honors:

Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2008.

Hetherington Award for Lifetime Achievements and Contributions, at the annual meetings of The American Academy of
Kinesiology and Physical Education, Chicago, September 11-14, 2004.

Invited to serve as a Juror for the 2001 Sport Science Award of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President,September, 2001.

Elected to Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association, August, 2001.

The first award of its kind, Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Sport and Exercise Psychology, was presented

by the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association in Boston, August 19-23, 1999.

Distinguished International Sport Psychologist Award, International Society of Sport Psychology, 1997. This is only the
third such award given since the Society was founded in 1965.

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity President’s Award for long-term service to
the Society as well as sport psychology in general, in 1997.

Requested by Prince Alexandre de Merode, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President, to serve as one of
eight international sport scientists on the Jury for the IOC Olympic Prize honoring research excellence in sciences applied to
sport (1994). The prize was for $250,000, the selection process occurred in June, 1996, and the award was given at the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Elected President, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, 1995-96.

Distinguished Service Award, International Relations Council of the American Alliance for Health, Recreation, and Dance, 1994.

Elected President of Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology, of the American Psychological Association for a 2-year term, 1995-96, 1996-97.

Singer, R.N. Autobiography included as 1 of 4 chapters representing Motor Learning and Control, and 12 representing
the Motor Behavior field in general, in C.W. Snyder & B. Abernethy (Eds.), The creative side of experimentation: Personal
perspectives from leading researchers in motor control, motor development, and sport psychology, Champaign, IL: Human

Kinetics, pp. 65-77, 1992. “The authors of the autobiographical chapters are well-known researchers who have contributed
significantly to understanding in their fields” (p. vii).

Selected by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Recognition Awards

Committee to receive the distinguished 1991 R. Tait McKenzie Award. The award “recognizes significant contributions of
its members, who through distinguished service outside the Alliance, reflect prestige, honor, and dignity on the Alliance.”
This is the second time in three years that one of our faculty won this most prestigious award. Selected by peers in a study
(The Sport Psychologist, 1992) as one of the top 10 sport psychologists in North America during the past decade.
Criteria examined were those men and women in North America who had made the most significant contributions to the
advancement of sport psychology during the past ten years.

Elected President of the International Society of Sport Psychology, for a 4-year term, 1985-1989; re-elected for a 4-year term in 1989-1993.

Selected among the top 10 Contemporary Notables in American Physical Education in a study reported in the Journal of
Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, May/June issue, 1989.

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brooklyn College, 1989.

Invited to serve on the Sport Science Committee of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), 1989-1995.

Fellow (Honor) Award, International Society of Sport Psychology, 1989.

Elected Fellow in the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, 1988.

Southern District Scholar Award, the Southern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation, and Dance, 1984-1985.

Elected to the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology, 1977-81. Re-elected 1981-85.

First annual Research Writing Award by the Research Consortium for recognition of excellence in scholarship in the
Research Quarterly for Physical Exercise and Sport, for the year 1981, presented by the American Alliance for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 1982. The article was entitled, “Task Classification and Strategy Utilization in
Motor Skills.”

Honor Award for contributions to international sport psychology, the International Society of Sport Psychology, 1981.

Invited to serve on the first Sports Medicine Committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee and to be Head of the Sport
Psychology Division, 1978-1980.

Elected Fellow in the American Academy of Physical Education, 1977.

Motor learning and human performance (1968, first edition, Macmillan Book Co.), selected as one of the 21 outstanding
education books in 1968 (as indicated in Today’s Education, the Journal of the National Education Association