My Masters Thesis

I spent the last two years pursuing a masters degree in Psychology at Northern Michigan University. Considering my first degree in athletic training, my thesis research combined the two fields and examined the personality of athletic trainers and how it affects their longevity in the field. As of today, the full manuscript has been officially published on the NMU commons, and can be found here. 

Although this doesn't pertain to my fiction writing, it is my writing nonetheless. Therefore, I felt it was worthy of posting here. Feel free to read the abstract below.


A survey was sent to 10,000 certified athletic trainers in various settings to examine personality characteristics and their relationship with satisfaction, intent to leave, and years practiced in the profession. The Employee Personality Inventory, included in the survey, separated respondents into five personality categories: communicators, directors, organizers, soothers and thinkers. Of the 1102 analyzed respondents, 216 were communicators, 51 were directors, 427 were organizers, 331 were soothers, and 77 were thinkers. The distribution of athletic training setting were as follows: academic instruction, 67; administration, 16; clinical medical, 53; clinical rehabilitation, 52; collegiate athletics, 331; high school athletics, 378; other, 65; outreach school athletics, 103; professional/Olympic athletics, 37. Common entry-level positions (high school athletics, outreach athletics, clinical rehab) scored the lowest on satisfaction/intent to leave and years practiced, while academic instruction, administration, and professional/Olympic athletics scored the highest. Thinkers, although small in number, had the most years practiced, followed by soothers. Communicators were the lowest in years practiced. There were no significant differences on intent to leave/satisfaction scores between personality types. An incomplete understanding of the athletic training profession may be what turns those recruits who have a better chance at longevity away from the profession. Additionally, athletic trainers who spend fewer years in the profession may not be leaving because of dissatisfaction.

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