Emily Roper


Emily Roper

Chair, Professor, Department of Kinesiology

COHS Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion



HKC 210

Curriculum Vitae


Emily Roper received her master’s degree (’98) in community health from the University of Toronto and doctoral degree (’01) in cultural studies with an emphasis in psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise from the University of Tennessee. After completing her graduate work, she was an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions at Temple University.

Dr. Roper’s multidisciplinary research includes influences from sport and exercise psychology, sport sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies. Her research examines the ways in which gender shapes experiences, cultural meanings, and societal structures in sport and physical activity.  Some of her work has examined the representation of physically active females in children’s and young adult sport literature, concerns for safety among women exercising/recreating outdoors, women’s career histories in sport and exercise psychology, and the newly emerging area of cultural sport psychology. Her work has been published in a variety of books and journals including Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, The Sport Psychologist, Sex Roles, Research in Dance Education, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Athletic Insight.  Published in 2013, Gender Relations in Sport (Sense Publishing), Dr. Roper’s edited book, provides a comprehensive examination of the intersecting themes and concepts surrounding the study of gender and sport.

In addition to her research, Dr. Roper teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in health and kinesiology.  From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Roper served as the Publications and Information Division Head for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.  She was also the recipient of the 2013 SHSU College of Education Researcher of the Year award and 2014 American Psychological Association Steven R. Heyman Memorial award.


  • Ph.D., Cultural Studies of Sport; Emphasis: Sport and Exercise Psychology

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • M.S., Community Health; Emphasis: Sport and Exercise Psychology

    University of Toronto

  • B.A., Psychology

    Kent State University 

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 American Psychological Association’s Steven R Heyman Award recipient

  • 2013 SHSU College of Education Researcher of the Year

  • 2002 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Dissertation Award

  • 2001 University of Tennessee Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise

Selected Publications

    • Roper, E. A., & Polasek, K. M. (2018). Gender in sport. In M. Anshel & T. Petrie (Eds.), American Psychological Association handbook of sport and exercise psychology. Washington DC: APA.

  • Roper, E. A., & Fisher, L. A. (2018). Multicultural and issues of difference. In A. Mugford & G. G. Cremades (Eds.), Sport, exercise and performance psychology: Theories and applications. London: Routledge/Psychology Press.

  • Roper, E. A. (2017). Gender and exercise. In S. Razon & M. Sachs (Eds.), Applied exercise psychology: The challenging journey from motivation to adherence. New York: Routledge.

  • Polasek, K. M., & Roper, E. A..  (2017). Friendship formation among professional male ballet and modern dancers. In D. Risner & W. Oliver (Eds.), Dance and gender: A collection of new research and inquiry (pp. 115-134). University Press of Florida.

  • Roper, E A. (In press). Concerns for safety among female recreational runners. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.  

  • Santiago, J.A., Lee, J., & Roper, E.A.  (2016). Effects of service-learning on kinesiology students’ attitudes toward children with disabilities.  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 20, 1-18.

  • Roper, E.A. (2015). Cultural studies and sport psychology.  In R. Schinke, K. McGannon, & B. Smith (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of sport psychology (pp. 272-285). London:  Routledge.

  • Fisher, L.A., & Roper, E.A.  (2015)Swimming upstream:” Former diversity committee chairs’ perceptions of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s (AASP) commitment to organizational diversity. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 1-19.

  • Roper, E.A., & Santiago, J.A.  (2014). The influence of service-learning on kinesiology   undergraduate students’ attitudes toward P-12 students with disabilities.  Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 31, 162-180.

  • Roper, E.A., & Polasek, K.M.  (2014).  Gender, sport, and pop culture.  In A. Trier-Bieniek & P. Leavy (Eds)., Gender and pop culture: A text reader (pp. 151-174). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.

  • Roper, E.A.  (2014).  Diversity.  In R. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds)., Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology.  London, England: Sage.

  • Roper, E.A., & Clifton, A. (2013). The representations of physically active girls in children’s picture books. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84(2), 147-156.

  • Santiago, J.A., Roper, E.A., Disch, J., & Morales, J. (2013). Aerobic capacity, body composition and academic achievement of fourth and fifth grade Hispanic students. The Physical Educator, 70(1), 89-105.

  • Roper, E.A. (2012). Chapter 20: Gender, identity and sport. In S. Murphy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology. Oxford University Press.

  • Polasek, K.M., & Roper, E.A. (2011). Negotiating the gay male stereotype in ballet and modern dance. Research in Dance Education, 12(2), 173-193.

  • Santiago, J.A., & Roper, E.A. (2011). The role of the physical educator in educating students with disabilities. In C. Simpson & J.P. Bakken, J.P. (Eds.), A Collaborative Approach to Teaching Children with Special Needs. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

  • Roper, E.A. (2009). On the sidelines: The roles and responsibilities of the Diamond Dolls in intercollegiate baseball. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 18(2), 52-59.

  • Fisher, L.A., Roper, E.A., & Butryn, T.M. (2009). Revisiting diversity and politics in sport psychology through cultural studies: Where are we five years later? In R. Schinke (Ed.), Contemporary sport psychology.  Hauppauge, NY:  Nova Science Publishers.

  • Fisher, L.A., Roper, E.A., & Butryn, T.M. (2008). Engaging cultural studies and “traditional” sport psychology. In R. Schinke and S. Hanrahan (Eds.), Cultural sport psychology: From research to practice. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Roper, E.A. (2008). Women’s career experiences in applied sport psychology. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 20, 408-424.

  • Roper, E.A. & Halloran, E. (2007). Attitudes toward gay men and lesbians among heterosexual male and female student-athletes. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 57, 919 – 928.