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Leeja Carter

Assistant Professor, Sport and Exercise PsychologyDivision of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science

Ph.D., Kinesiology –Temple University M.A., Psychology – Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityB.A., Psychology – Fairleigh Dickinson University


Leeja Carter, Ph.D. moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2014 by way of Chicago, IL and Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Carter believes sport and exercise are not only personally enhancing, but can transform families and communities. Dr. Carter received a Master’s degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in the Psychology of Human Movement from Temple University. Dr. Carter is passionate about women’s wellness particularly among women of color. In 2015 Dr. Carter created the PEAK Program at LIU-Brooklyn: an all-in-one program that combines research, applied sport psychology practice, and student training for the LIU and Brooklyn communities. Dr. Carter identifies as a feminist sport psychology practitioner with her work addressing historical and contemporary representations of Black women's 'strength', culturally sensitive health and sport psychology approaches for people of color, and gendered racism in sport.

She coordinates the AASP Women in Sports Special Interest Group (SIG), sits on AASP's Foundation and Finance Committees, is a member of AASP’s Anger and Violence in Sport SIG, Supervision SIG, Race and Ethnicity SIG, and is the former chairperson of AASP’s Diversity Committee. Also, Dr. Carter enjoys yoga, cooking, and meditation. 


Sport and Exercise Psychology, Gendered Racism in Sport, Feminist Sport Psychology


Select Publications

Rossi, A., Friel, C., Carter, L., & Garber, C. (2017). Effects of theory-based behavioral interventions on physical activity among overweight and obese female cancer survivors. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Integrative Cancer Therapies.

doi: 10.1177/1534735417734911.

Carter, L., & Davila, C. (2017). Is it because I’m Black: Micro-aggressive experiences against Black professionals in sport and exercise psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. doi:

Carter, L., Grady, K., Silburn, J. (2017). Swimming upstream: Addressing barriers to exercise and physical activity in women of color. In S. Razon & M. Sachs (Eds.), Applied exercise psychology: The challenging journey from motivation to adherence. New York, NY: Routledge.

Carter, L. & Prewitt, T. (2014). Seeing, being, and doing: Addressing multicultural competence in applied sport psychology. Athletic Insight, 6(3), 221-232.


Carter, L. (Role: Site PI; 2015). College Life Study. SMART Office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Funded: $505,174.00; LIU Site Allocation: $3,900.00.

Carter, L. & Rossi, A. (Role: PI; 2014). Superwoman: Exploring Stress, Coping, and Physical Activity Among African American Women. Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Funded: $4000.

Carter, L. (Role: PI; 2014). Examining the Occurrence of Racial Microaggressions among Black Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professionals. Adler School of Professional Psychology. Funded: $1000.00.

Carter, L. (Role: PI; 2010). Effects of Distinct Mood States on Flow in Marathon Runners. Temple University. Funded: $6000.00.


Recipient, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Fellowship

Recipient, Black History Maker - Barclays Center, Black History Month

Recipient, First Summers Research Initiative Fellowship - Temple University

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
APA Division 47: Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
APA Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
APA Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women