Karin Jeffery, Ph.D.


Spartan Complex 156


(408) 924-8946



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Professor Bio

Karin Jeffery has worked as a group exercise instructor, exercise program manager, and personal trainer. She also spent over 15 years with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, coaching for their cycling, mountain bike, duathlon, and triathlon teams. In 2006, wanting to learn more about coaching, she entered SJSU’s Kinesiology graduate program with a Sport Psychology emphasis. She also began teaching KIN 69 (Stress Management). In 2010 she moved to Florida to earn her doctorate in Sport Psychology at Florida State University. While at FSU she worked closely with the Student Veterans Center under the direction of Col. William "Billy" Francis.

Karin returned to SJSU in 2015, where she now teaches KIN 69 (Stress Management), KIN/HS 169 (Diversity, Stress, & Health), KIN 175 (Measurement & Evaluation), KIN 185 (Senior Seminar), and KIN 180 (Independent Study). The daughter of a Navy veteran, she is honored to also serve as Project Coordinator for VET Connect (Veterans Embracing Transition) , working with Dr. Elena Klaw at the SJSU Center for Community Learning and Leadership (CCLL).

Karin is a competitive powerlifter and powerlifting referee for the USAPL and USPA. She also serves as faculty adviser, along with Dr. Gong Chen, to the Kinesiology Ambassador's Club (KAC). In her spare time, she likes to read, watch superhero movies, and take naps with her dog.



2010, SJSU: Masters, Kinesiology, Sport Psychology emphasis

2016, Florida State University: Ph.D., Sport Psychology

Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

  • Mindfulness and mind/body approaches to stress management
  • Creative expression and the use of recreation to assist veterans in the transition back to civilian life
  • Self-image, self-efficacy, and sport psychology interventions for amateur athletes
  • VR and AR technologies in training and injury recovery
  • Increased access to therapy animals


Courses Taught


KIN 69, Stress Management

HIN/HS 169, Diversity, Stress, and Health

KIN 185, Senior Seminar

KIN 180, Independent Study

Academic Journal Peer Editor

Sociology of Sport Journal

Sport in Society

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

International Journal of Exercise & Sport Psychology


Selected Publications

Canto, A. I., McMackin, M. L., Hayden, S. C. W., Jeffery, K. A., & Osborn, D. S. (2015). Military veterans: Creative counseling with student veterans. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 28(2), 147-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2015.1011473

Jeffery, K. A., & Butryn, T. K. (2012). The motivations of runners in a cause-based marathon-training program. Journal of Sport Behavior, 35(3), 300.

Eklund, R. C., Jeffery, K. A., Dobersek, U., & Cho, S. (2011). Reflections on qualitative research in sport psychology. Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health, 3(3), 285-290.


Selected Presentations

Assessing Overall Climate for Military Veterans in College (with B. Young and E. Klaw, presented at California Community Colleges Veterans Summit, Spring 2018)

Optimizing Canvas for Student Success: A Preliminary Inquiry (presented at SJSU Excellence in Teaching Showcase, Spring 2018)

Touch Screen Technology and Teaching Scholarly Writing (with E. Wughalter and B. Winslow; presented at Stanford ATXpo, Fall 2017)


Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision

Student Internships

VR Dance App for Individuals with Physical Disabilities (2016)

Dance Workshop and Performance for Children in Rwanda (2018)


Professional Affiliations



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