Mary D. Fry

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Sport & Exercise Psychology, Purdue University
Primary office:
785-864-1862
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center
Room 161
University of Kansas
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7567


Mary Fry is an associate professor in sport and exercise psychology and is the Director of the KU Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab. Mary oversees the graduate program in sport and exercise psychology. She came to KU in 1997 after spending 13 years at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on creating a caring and task-involving climate for youngsters in physical activity settings. She has co-directed a positive life skills/physical activity program for elementary aged girls called Strong Girls. Mary completed her graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (MS) and Purdue University (PhD). She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, and she is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. She has served on the Executive Board for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Dr. Fry specializes in motivation in youth research activity settings.

Education

Ph.D., Sport & Exercise Psychology, Purdue University

M.S., Sport Psychology/Pedagogy, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

B.S., Physical Education, Texas Wesleyan University

Teaching Interests

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Motivation in physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Team building.

Research

Mary Fry's research interests focus on how a positive and supportive climate can be fostered in physical activity settings that help participants optimize both their experience and performance. Specifically, Mary employs Goal Perspective Theory and a Caring Framework to examine the benefits of creating a positive and supportive climate for athletes, exercisers, and recreational participants. She assists coaches, teachers and administrators with developing strategies to foster a more caring and supportive environment for their athletes and participants. In addition, Mary has a strong interest in incorporating Positive Life Skills in physical activity settings to help children learn to live more joyful lives.

Research Interests

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Motivational climate
  • Caring climate
  • Motivation in physical activity
  • Achievement goal perspective theory.

Selected Publications

Fontana, M. S., & Fry, M. D. (in press). Creating and validating the shame in sport questionnaire. Journal of Sport Behavior .

Moore, W. E., & Fry, M. D. (in press). National franchise members' perceptions of the exercise psychosocial environment, ownership, and satisfaction . Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology.

Fontana, M. S., Fry, M. D., & Cramer, E. (2017). Exploring the relationship between athletes' perceptions of the motivational climate to their compassion, self-compassion, shame, and pride in adult recreational sport . Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science , 21, 101-111.

Chamberlin, J. & Fry, M. D. (2017). High school athletes' perceptions of the motivational climate in their off-season training programs. Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 31, 736-742.

Hogue, C. M., Fry, M. D., & Fry, A. C. (2017). The differential impact of motivational climates on adolescents' psychological stress responses. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 30, 118-127.

Iwasaki, S. & Fry, M. D. (2016). Female adolescent soccer players’ perceived motivational climate, goal orientations, and mindful engagement. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 22, 222-231.

Claunch, J. & Fry, M. D. (2016). Native American football coaches’ experience of a motivational climate collaboration with sport psychology researchers. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 11, 482-495.

Fry, M. D. (2015). Sport and Exercise Psychology as a Venue to Develop “Difference Makers. In . (Ed.), Exercise and Sports for the Curious: Why Study Exercise and Sports.

Fry, M. D., & Brown, T. C. (2015). A caring/task-involving climate intervention for youth sport camp leaders. Journal of the Kansas Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 47-54.

Moore, W. G., Brown, T. C., & Fry, M. D. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Abbreviated Perceived Motivational Climate in Exercise Questionnaire. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 19(4), 186-199. DOI:10.1080/1091367X.2015.1072819

Fry, M. D. (2014). Sport and Exercise Psychology as a Venue to Develop "Difference Makers". In K. Vaidya (Ed.), Exercise and Sports for the Curious: Why Study Exercise and Sports .

Brown, B. C., & Fry, M. D. (2014). College exercise class climates, physical self concept, and psychological well-being. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 8, 299-313.

Brown, B. C., & Fry, M. D. (2014). Evaluating the pilot of Strong Girls: A life skills/physical activity program for third and fourth grade girl. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26, 52-65.

Brown, B. C., & Fry, M. D. (2014). Motivational climate, staff and members’ behaviors, and members’ psychological well-being at a large national fitness franchise. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85, 208-217.

Moore, W. G., & Fry, M. D. (2014). Psychometric support for the Ownership in Exercise and Empowerment in Exercise Scale. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 18, 1-173.

Brown, T. C., & Fry, M. D. (2013). Association between females' perceptions of college aerobic class motivational climates and their responses. Women and Health, 53(8), 843-857. DOI:10.1080/03630242.2013.835298

Iwasaki, S. & Fry, M. D. (2013). The efforts of sport psychology professionals to assist sport administrators in evaluating youth sport programs. Sport Psychologist, 24, 360-371.

Newton, M. Watson, D. Fry, M. D., Gano-Overway, L. Kim, M. & Givernau, M. (2007). The impact of caring in physical activity . Urban Review , 39, 281-299.

Walling, M. D., & Martinek, T. (1995). Learned helplessness in a sixth grade physical education student: A case study. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education , 14, 454-466.

Duda, J. L., Chi, L. Newton, M. L., Walling, M. D., & Catley, D. (1995). Task and ego orientation and intrinsic motivation in sport. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 26, 40-63.

Walling, M. D., Duda, J. L., & Chi, L. (1993). The perceived motivational climate in sport questionnaire: Construct and predictive validity., 15, 172-183.

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Selected Presentations

Fry, M. D., Thompson, J. Iwasaki, S. & Reid, C. . (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). Bridging theory, research and practice in youth sports: Sport psychology's partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance to enhance youth sport . Association for Applied Sport Psychology . Orlando, FL

Glover, K. & Fry, M. D. (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). Helping a women's intersport network provide a winning experience for girls in their summer sport camps. Association for Applied Sport Psychology . Orlando, FL

Chamberlin, J. Fry, M. D. & Iwasaki, S. . (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). Influence of high school athletes' perceptions of the motivational climate on athletic identity and academic endeavors . Association for Applied Sport Psychology . Orlando, FL

Tyler, E. J., Warlick, C. Fry, M. D. & Cole, B. . (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). Relationship between student-athletes' perceptions of climate, locker room talk and sexual behaviors . American Psychological Association . Washington D.C.

Breske, M. Fry, M. D., Fry, A. C. & Hogue, C. M. (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). The effects of goal priming on cortisol responses in an ego-involving climate . Association for Applied Sport Psychology . Orlando, FL

Hogue, C. M. & Fry, M. D. (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). The Impact of the motivational climate in high school physical education classes on state cognitive stress & coping appraisals, life stress, and internalized shame. Association for Applied Sport Psychology . Orlando, FL

Hogue, C. M., Fry, M. D. & Fry, A. C. (03/01/2017 - 03/31/2017). Adolescents' physiological stress responses to motivational climate in a physical education setting. Society for Health and Physical Education . Boston, MA

Fontana, M. & Fry, M. D. (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). Creating and validating the shame in sport questionnaire . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Fry, M. D., Solomon, G. Iwasaki, S. Madeson, M. Vanorsby, H. Meisinger, R. & Haberer, J. . (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). Division I athletes' perceptions of their team climate, mental skills, and mindfulness. Association for Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Chamberlin, J. Fry, M. D. & Iwasaki, S. . (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). High school athletes' perceptions of the motivational climate in their off-season training programs . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Hogue, C. & Fry, M. D. (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). Leader observations of participant behaviors during a motivational climate intervention - a qualitative Investigation . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Iwasaki, S. & Fry, M. D. (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). male high school athletes' perceptions of their team climate and mindful engagement . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Iwasaki, S. Fry, M. D., Vanorsby, H. & Breske, M. . (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). Master swimmers' perceptions of the climate in their training facilities and their motivational responses . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Hogue, C. Fry, M. D. & Fry, A. . (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). Physiological and psychological stress responses to a motivational climate intervention . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Claunch, J. & Fry, M. D. (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). Setting the stage for a motivational climate collaboration . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Easton, L. Iwasaki, S. & Fry, M. D. (09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016). The relationship of members' perceptions of the motivational climate to their psychological well-being at a university medical center fitness facility . Association of Applied Sport Psychology . Phoenix, AZ

Selected Grants

Fry, Mary D, (Principal), Big XII Fellowshi[, $3,000, (01/01/2014 - 12/31/2015) . Other. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

KU Keeler Professorship
University of Kansas
2010

Fellow
Association of Applied Sport Psychology
2009


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