Kelsie Roberts
Assistant Professor
Gerber Building Room 118
Ph.D., Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University
M.A., Quantitative Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University
M.S., Leisure and Sport Management, Middle Tennessee State University
B.S., Exercise Science, Middle Tennessee State University
Kelsie Roberts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sport marketing and administration in Northern's Sport Sciences department and serves as the department’s internship coordinator. Dr. Roberts teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in sport psychology, sport administration and sport marketing.
She is an active member of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS) and the North American Society for Sport Management. Dr. Roberts is dedicated to providing students with experiential learning opportunities and achieving success in and outside the classroom. Her main research focus, student-athlete well-being, is derived from her past experiences as a former collegiate and semi-professional soccer player. 
Research Interests
Student-athlete mental health
Injury prevention and performance enhancement in collegiate athletes
Sport and diversity
NCAA Research and Innovation Grant - 2022 (with Drs. Kelsie Roberts, Lauren Pierce, and Chelsee Shortt) Project Title: “Changing Outcomes through Positive Empowerment (COPE): A Mental Health Initiative Student Athletes”
Selected Publications
Gray, J., Larson, L., Sturts, J. Duffy, L., Fernandez, M., & Roberts, K. (2019). How to land a job after your Ph.D. Schole, 34(1), 16-28. 
Gray, H.J., Barcelona, B & Roberts, K. (In-Press). Recreational sport management. In T. Tapps, & M.S. Wells (Eds.), Introduction to recreation and leisure studies. (4th ed., pp. TBA). Human Kinetics. 

Gray, J. & Roberts, K. (In-Press). Community and campus recreation. In T. Wells, M. Parr, M. & T. Tapps, T. (Eds.), Dimensions of leisure for life: Individuals and society. 2nd Ed. (pp. TBA). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Personal Interests
A native of our neighbors up north (Canada), Dr. Kelsie Roberts is passionate about the Toronto Maple Leafs, the great outdoors, and working with students and athletes to help them reach their full potential on the field and in the classroom. During her leisure time, she plays soccer, volleyball, curling or hockey or walks her Goldendoodle pup, Buddy. She enjoys 90s alternative rock and a good dad joke. 
  • Go-to karaoke song ... Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
  • Favorite sport movie ... Coach Carter
  • The last book I read for fun ... Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Favorite meal ... Chicken Quesadilla, chips and queso from Mazatlan
  • Least favorite sports team ... The Yankees (Sorry, Dr. Puglisi)
  • Best advice ... If you are the smartest person in a room or the best player on the field, you’re in the wrong room and on the wrong field!