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Paul Saville, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6008
Email: psaville@apu.edu
Paul Saville, Ph.D., teaches a variety of courses with an emphasis in sport psychology and performance enhancement. His doctoral research revolved around the improvement of young athletes’ self-efficacy via enhanced coach-athlete interactions. Saville plans to extend this line of research by evaluating interpersonal interventions that may be particularly beneficial for enhancing exercise and sport opportunities for underserved populations. Given his passion for teaching and coaching, he also intends to explore the benefits of athlete-centered coaching, which is a leadership style that caters to the needs of the athlete and promotes learning through ownership, awareness, and responsibility. This approach is understood to empower athletes on and off the playing field and coincides with his classroom teaching philosophy. As a mentor, Saville strives to make a lasting impression on students’ academic and spiritual journeys by challenging them to explore the best ways for them to leverage their knowledge and skills to further the kingdom of God. Born and raised in Canada, Paul and his wife, Liz, are avid hockey fans and reside in La Verne.

Education

  • Ph.D., Health and Exercise Psychology, McMaster University
  • M.S., Kinesiology, Texas A&M
  • B.A., Psychology, Texas A&M

Credentials/Certifications

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Department

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Expertise

  • Coach-Athlete Relationships
  • Confidence and Motivation in Youth Sport
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Psychological Skills Training

Courses Taught

  • AES 473 – Fitness and Exercise Prescription
  • AT 355 – Medical Conditions/Disabilities
  • AT 490 – Research Methods