Kevin A. Becker, Ph.D., CSCS

Associate Professor

School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology

Kevin A. Becker, Ph.D., CSCS

PH 208D

View CV


Kevin Becker, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology at Texas Woman's University. His primary areas of expertise are in motor behavior and sport psychology. His research examines factors that either promote or inhibit motor learning and performance. Most recently, this has included investigations related to attentional focus, stress, and augmented feedback. Dr. Becker maintains active research collaborations with other faculty in the College of Health Sciences as well as faculty at other universities.


Ph.D., Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2014
M.S., Kinesiology: Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2011
B.S., Exercise Science-Teaching; School Health Education, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, 2007


Motor Learning; Motor Performance; Attentional Focus; Cognitive and Physical Stressors; Sport Psychology

Latest Articles

Perceived effort for reaching is associated with self-reported fatigue
Journal of Motor Behavior (2021)
Hui-Ting Goh, Jill Stewart, Kevin Becker, Cheng-Ju Hung

Both a holistic and external focus of attention enhance the learning of a badminton short serve
Psychological Research / Psychologische Forschung (2021)
Rasool Abedanzadeh, Kevin A Becker, Seyyed M.R. Mousavi

Association between the On-Plane Angular Motions of the Axle-Chain System and Clubhead Speed in Skilled Male Golfers
Applied Sciences (2020)
Morgan V Madrid, Marco A Avalos, Nick A Levine, Noelle J Tuttle, Kevin A Becker

Accuracy and vividness in motor imagery ability: Differences between children and young adults
Developmental Neuropsychology (2020)
Chadwick T Fuchs, Kevin A Becker, Erin Austin, Priscila Tamplain

Attentional focus influences sample entropy in a balancing task
Human Movement Science (2020)
Kevin A Becker, Cheng-Ju Hung

Special Education Administrators' Knowledge of Adapted Physical Education: A Pilot Study
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
Scott WT McNamara, Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Suzanna Dillon, Sean Healy, Kevin A Becker

The Impact of Podcasts on Special Education Administrators' Understanding of Adapted Physical Education Services
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
Scott WT McNamara, Suzanna Dillon, Kevin A Becker, Sean Healy, Laura TrujilloJenks

The use of multiple externally directed attentional focus cues facilitates motor learning
International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching (2019)
Kevin A Becker, Jeffrey T Fairbrother

An analysis of functional outcome measures after treadmill training in older adults with Parkinson's disease
Palaestra (2019)
Brandon R Rigby, Ron W Davis, Marco A Avalos, Leah S Goudy, Kevin A Becker

Considering a holistic focus of attention as an alternative to an external focus
Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2019)
Kevin A Becker, Ayana F Georges, Chris A Aiken

The influence of attentional focus instructions on children with severe visual impairments
Perceptual and Motor Skills (2019)
Scott WT McNamara, Kevin A Becker, Will Weigel, Peter Marcy, Justin Haegele

Effects of Simulated Horseback Riding on Postural Sway, Balance, and Quality of Life in Older Adults with Parkinson's Disease
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (2019)
Leah S Goudy, Brandon R Rigby, Lisa M Silliman-French, Kevin A Becker

Acute cardiometabolic responses to three modes of treadmill exercise in older adults with Parkinson's disease
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (2018)
Brandon R Rigby, Ron W Davis, Marco A Avalos, Nick A Levine, Kevin A Becker

The effects of attentional focus in the preparation and execution of a standing long jump
Psychological Research / Psychologische Forschung (2018)
Kevin A Becker, Jeff T Fairbrother, Kaylee F Couvillion

The differential effects of attentional focus in children with moderate and profound visual impairments
Frontiers in psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2017)
Scott W McNamara, Kevin A Becker, Lisa M Silliman-French

Attentional focus effects in the performance of a standing long jump: influence of a broad or narrow internal focus
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2015)
Kevin A Becker, Peter J.K. Smith

Professional Affiliations

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity