Dr. Barbi Law

Dr. Barbi Law

Schulich School of Education – Professor
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. Tremblay MS, Longmuir PE, Barnes JD, Belanger K, Anderson KD, Bruner B, Copeland JL, Delisle Nyström C, Gregg MJ, Hall N, Kolen AM, Lane KN, Law B, MacDonald DJ, Martin LJ, Saunders TJ, Sheehan D, Stone MR, Woodruff SJ. Physical literacy levels of Canadian children aged 8-12 years: Descriptive and normative results from the RBC Learn to Play CAPL Project. BMC Public Health, 18(Supple 2); 1036.
  2. Law B, Bruner BG, Scharoun-Benson, SM, Anderson KD, Gregg MJ, Hall N, Kolen AM, Lane KN, MacDonald DJ, Saunders TJ, Sheehan DP, Stone MR, Woodruff SJ, Belanger K, Barnes JD, Longmuir PE, Tremblay MS. Associations between teacher training and measures of physical literacy among Canadian 8 to 12 year old students. BMC Public Health, in press.
  3. MacDonald, DJ, Saunders, TJ. Longmuir, PE, Barnes, J., Belanger, K., Bruner, BG., Copeland, JL, Gregg, MJ, Hall, N., Kolen, AM, Law, B., Martin, LJ, Sheehan, D., Woodruff, SJ, &Tremblay, MS (September, 2017). A cross-sectional study exploring the relationship between age, sex, and physical measures with adequacy in and predilection for physical activity. BMC Public Health, in press.
  4. Belanger, K., Longmuir, PE., Barnes, JD., Anderson, KD., Bruner, BG., Copeland, JL., Gregg, MJ., Hall, N., Withers, SH., Kolen, AM., Lane, KN., Law, B., MacDonald, DJ., Martin, LJ., Saunders, TJ., Sheehan, D., Stone, M., Woodruff, SJ., Tremblay, MS. The relationship between physical literacy scores and adherence to Canadian physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines. BMC Public Health, in press..
  5. Saunders, TJ., MacDonald, DJ., Copeland, JL., Longmuir, PE., Barnes, JD., Belanger, K., Bruner, BG., Gregg, MJ., Hall, N., Kolen, AM., Law, B., Martin, LJ., Sheehan, D., Stone, M., Woodruff, SJ., Tremblay, MS. The relationship between sedentary behaviour and physical literacy in Canadian children: a cross-sectional analysis from the RBC-CAPL Learn to Play study. BMC Public Health, in press.
  6. Lang, JJ., Chaput, JP., Longmuir, PE., Barnes, JD., Belanger, K., Tomkinson, GR., Anderson, KD., Bruner, BG., Copeland, JL., Gregg, MJ., Hall, N., Kolen, AM., Lane, KN., Law, B., MacDonald, DJ., Martin, LJ., Saunders, TJ., Sheehan, D., Stone, M., Woodruff, SJ., Tremblay, MS. Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with physical literacy among Canadian children aged 8 to 12 years. BMC Public Health, in press.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Law, B. & Hall, C. (2009). The relationship between skill level, age, and golfers’ observational learning use. The Sport Psychologist, 23(1), 42-58.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

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