About

Phillip Post is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and adjunct professor at JFKU. He teaches courses in sport/exercise psychology, motor learning, and motor development. His research interests include examining the essential mental skills and motor components associated with effective sport performance and skill acquisition. He has 18 peer-reviewed research publications examining the effects of imagery and self-regulation on motor learning and sport performance and has over 30 national/international research presentations at national and international conferences. Dr.Post has over thousand hours of applied sport psychology experience and currently provides mental skills training to NMSU student-athletes.

Programs/Courses

  • Applied Projects
  • Group Supervision

Selected Publications

Law, B., Post, P. G., O, J., & McCullagh, P. (2018). Video-based observation in sport: From ‘forgotten’ to ubiquitous. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. doi: 10.1080/21520704.2018.1513962

Post, P. G., Young, G., & Simpson, D. (2018). The effects of a PETTLEP imagery intervention on learners’ coincident anticipation timing performance. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30, 204-221.

Vangen, R., Post, P.G., Simpson, D., & Cremades, G. (2017). Brain wave activity differences in task complexity and perspective during imagery. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 12.

Fairbrother, J. T., Post, P. G., & Whalen, S. J. (2016). Self-reported responses to player profile questions show consistency with the use of complex attentional strategies by expert horseshoe pitchers. Frontiers in Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 7, Article 1028.

Post, P. G., Aiken, C. A., Laughlin, D. D., & Fairbrother, J. T. (2016). Self-control over combined video feedback and modeling facilitates motor learning. Human Movement Science, 47, 49-59.

Post, P. G., Williams, C. D.*, Simpson, D., & Berning, J. M. (2015). The effects of a PETTLEP imagery intervention on the learning of a complex motor skill, Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 10.

Post, P. G., Simpson, D., Young, G., & Parker, J.* (2014). A phenomenological investigation of divers’ lived experience of imagery. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 9.

Post, P. G., Fairbrother, J. T., Barros, J. A., Kulpa, J.* (2014). Self-controlled practice within a fixed time period facilitates the learning of a basketball set shot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 2, 9-15.

Simpson, D., Post, P. G., Jensen, P. & Young, G. (2014). “It’s not about taking the easy road”: The experience of ultramarathon runners. The Sport Psychologist, 28, 176-185.

Simpson, D., Post, P. G., & Tashman, L. S. (2013). Adventure racing: The experience of participants in the everglades challenge. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-16.

Aiken, C. A., Fairbrother, J. T., & Post, P. G. (2012). The effects of self-controlled video feedback on the learning of the basketball set shot. Frontiers in Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, Article 338.

Post, P. G., Muncie, S., & Simpson, D. (2012). The effects of imagery training on swimming performance: An applied investigation. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, 323-337.

Post, P. G., & Wrisberg, C. A. (2012) A phenomenological investigation of gymnasts’ lived experience of imagery. The Sport Psychologist, 26, 98-121.

Post, P. G., Barros, J. A., & Wrisberg, C. A. (2011). Evidence of non-compliance with instructions in attentional focus research. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, 6, 1-6.

Post, P. G., Fairbrother, J. T., & Barros, J. A. (2011). Self-controlled amount of practice benefits the learning of a motor skill. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82, 474-481.

Post, P. G., Wrisberg, C. A., & Mullins, S. (2010). A field test of the influence of pre-game imagery on basketball free throw shooting. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 5.

Credentials & Accolades

Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Sciences, The University of Tennessee, May 2010.
Emphasis: Sport Psychology
Dissertation: A phenomenological investigation of gymnasts lived experiences of imagery. Advisor: Dr. Craig A. Wrisberg

M.S., Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, June 2005.
Emphasis: Sport Psychology
Thesis: The effects of mastery imagery and balance training on balance and mobility among older adults. Advisor: Dr. Debbie Rose

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 2002.
Thesis: Attentional and emotional patterns in conversations of introverted and
extroverted friends. Advisor: Dr. Avril Thorn