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Mario Fontana

Mario Fontana, PhD

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-5458
Office:  Tuttle North B320


Mario joined the KSSPE faculty in the fall of 2017. He is passionate about creating a caring climate in the classroom and loves to promote thoughtful conversation along with a little bit of joy and laughter. A proud alumnus of Dr. Mary Fry’s Sport Psychology Lab at the University of Kansas, Mario has created a measure to explore shame levels in athletes and hopes to do more with the instrument in future research. His ultimate goal is to instill a sense of compassion and empathy in all coaches, no matter what level. In his free time, Mario enjoys being a husband and a dad and likes to raise money for spinal cord injury survivors via the Travis Roy Foundation.


  • Ph.D., The University of Kansas
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • B.A., Ithaca College

Areas of Specialty

  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Sociology
  • Coaching Leadership

Research Interests

  • Achievement Goal Perspective Theory in Sport
  • Self-Conscious Emotions in Athletes

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Teaching Excellence Award (2019)
  • Little Fenway Hall of Fame (2007)

Last Updated 1/27/20

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