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Dr. Amanda J. Visek

The George Washington University
Associate Professor
Dr. Amanda J. Visek is a tenured Associate Professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is a scientist-practitioner with extensive applied field experiences providing sport psychology services and has published 24 scientific papers, four book chapters and has given over 90 scientific and invited presentations around the world.

Her federally-funded research has led to scientific blueprints of fun, called FUN MAPS and NOT FUN MAPS, which provide the evidentiary framework for the first-ever theory of youth sport sustainability grounded in fun, known as the Fun Integration Theory (FIT). The FIT and its FUN MAPS were informed and conceptualized entirely by hundreds of youth soccer players, parents and coaches, and have been featured in USA Today, the Washington Post, ScienceDaily, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, CBS Radio, NPR, and ABC, NBC, and Fox news television to name a few. Her research has been a significant advancement towards understanding the determinants of and barriers to children’s positive, fun sport experiences, which has also garnered international attention in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Poland and India.

Dr. Visek is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and has held both elected and appointed leadership positions within both the APA and AASP. Most recently, she was the recipient of prestigious early career achievement awards from AASP and Division 47 of the APA.