Heather Barber

Phone: (603) 862-2058
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 209, Durham, NH 03824
Heather Barber, Associate Professor, Kinesiology: Sports Studies

Heather Barber, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Sport Psychology, Research Methods), joined the UNH faculty in 1993. She earned her Ph.D., from the University of Oregon (1992). Barber specializes in sport psychology and her research centers on motivation and girls' and women's participation in sport. An AAASP certified consultant, member of the USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists, sport psychology consultant to US Youth Soccer, and a former coach at Wellesley College, Barber brings a wealth of experience in sport psychology to our program.


  • Ph.D., Physical Educ. Teach'g&Coach'g, University of Oregon
  • M.S., Physical Educ. Teach'g&Coach'g, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Physical Educ. Teach'g&Coach'g, St. Lawrence University

Courses Taught

  • KIN 560: Sport Psychology
  • KIN 740/840: Athletic Administration
  • KIN 761: Senior Seminar Sport Studies
  • KIN 780/880: Psychological Factors in Sport
  • KIN 901: Analysis Professnl Literature
  • KIN/SPST 880/780: Psychological Factors in Sport
  • SPST 560: Sport Psychology
  • SPST 693: Teaching Assistantship
  • SPST 696W: Independent Study
  • SPST 699H: Honors Project
  • SPST 761: Senior Seminar Sport Studies

Selected Publications

Barber, H., & Krane, V. (2018). Creating a new sport culture: Reflections on queering sport. In V. Krane (Ed.), Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport Queer Inquiries (pp. 223-237). Routledge.

Barber, H., Krane, V., & Darah, B. (2018). Lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in physical activity contexts.. In N. LaVoi (Ed.), Developing Physically Active Girls:An Evidence-Based Multi-Dimensional Approach (pp. 147-159). University of Minnesota.

Collins, K., Barber, H., Moore, K., & Laws, A. (2012). The First Step: Assessing coaching philosophies of preservice coaches. The ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, 6(2), 21-29.

Krane, V., & Barber, H. (2005). Identity Tensions in Lesbian Intercollegiate Coaches. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76(1), 67-81. doi:10.1080/02701367.2005.10599263

Krane, V., & Barber, H. (2003). Lesbian Experiences in Sport: A Social Identity Perspective. Quest, 55(4), 328-346. doi:10.1080/00336297.2003.10491808

Krane, V., Barber, H., & McClung, L. R. (2002). Social Psychological Benefits of Gay Games Participation: A Social Identity Theory Explanation. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 14(1), 27-42. doi:10.1080/10413200209339009

Barber, H., & Eckrich, J. (1998). Methods and Criteria Employed in the Evaluation of Intercollegiate Coaches. Journal of Sport Management, 12(4), 301-322. doi:10.1123/jsm.12.4.301

Weiss, M. R., & Barber, H. (1995). Socialization influences of collegiate female athletes: A tale of two decades. Sex Roles, 33(1-2), 129-140. doi:10.1007/bf01547940

Weiss, M. R., Barber, H., Ebbeck, V., & Sisley, B. L. (1991). Developing Competence and Confidence In Novice Female Coaches: II. Perceptions of Ability and Affective Experiences Following a Season-Long Coaching Internship. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 13(4), 336-363. doi:10.1123/jsep.13.4.336

Landers, D. M., Wilkinson, M. O., Hatfield, B. D., & Barber, H. (1982). Causality and the Cohesion-performance Relationship. Journal of Sport Psychology, 4(2), 170-183. doi:10.1123/jsp.4.2.170

Most Cited Publications