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Dr. Barbi Law

Dr. Barbi Law

Dr. Barbi Law

Schulich School of Education - School of Physical and Health Education - Associate Professor
office: AC201-J, Centre for Physical and Health Education
email: barbil@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450      
ext: 4147
fax: 705.474.1947
web: Dr. Barbi Law's Website


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 & Future Research:

  • Exploring the transfer of imagery skills in a physical education setting (Principal Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • Manipulating the speed of observational learning and imagery practice: Effects on sport performance (Principal Investigator)
  • Coaches’ use of observational learning: Current status and future opportunities (Co-Investigator, funded by the Coaching Association of Canada)
  • Self-control of self-observational feedback (Co-Investigator)
  • Should I stay or should I go? Solving the retention puzzle in public fitness (Co-Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • Exploring athletes’ transfer of imagery skills from sport to other achievement domains (Primary Investigator)


Refereed Journals

Edwards, J., Law, B., & Latimer, A.E. (in press). Effects of an Imagery Workshop on Coaches’ Encouragement of Imagery Use. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7(2).

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

Hall, C., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., Cumming, J., Law, B., Ramsey, R., & Murphy, L. (2009). Imagery and observational learning use and their relationship to trait sport confidence. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(4), 327-337.

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

Law, B. & Hall, C. (2009b). Observational learning use and self-efficacy in adult sport novices. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10(2), 263-270.

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.

Wesch, N.N., Law, B., & Hall, C. (2007). Use of observational learning by athletes. Journal of Sport Behavior, 30(2), 219-231.

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.

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.

Chapters in Edited Books

McCullagh, P., Law, B., & Ste-Marie, D.M. (in press). The role of modeling on performance. In S. Murphy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology, Oxford University Press.

McCullagh, P., Law, B., & Ste-Marie, D.M. (in press). Modeling: How observing changes behaviours. In J. Van Raalte, & B. Brewer (Eds.), Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology (3rd ed.). APA Press.​

Courses Taught:

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


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