Dr. Gabriele Wulf

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is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences at UNLV. She is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and University of Munich. Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. Her research has resulted in more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as three books. Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including the Distinguished Scholar Award of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She served as the founding editor of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2010-2012) and the Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2012-2015). She served as the President of NASPSPA from 2014-2015. Dr. Wulf is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. She co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning (2016) and recently the Superiority of external attentional focus for motor performance and learning: Systematic reviews and meta-analyses, published in Psychological Bulletin in 2021.