Dr. Mario S. Fontana
Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.S., Northeastern University
B.S., Ithaca College
Office: 118 Gerber
Dr. Mario Fontana arrived in Aberdeen to teach at Northern in the summer of 2015, passionate about teaching and helping current and future coaches improve athlete experience and optimize performance. He received his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Kansas in 2015, and is a proud alumnus of Dr. Mary Fry's Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab at KU. He also received an M.S. in sport leadership from Northeastern University in 2008 and B.S. in journalism from Ithaca College in 2004.
His research focuses on Achievement Goal Perspective Theory on sports teams and its relation to the self-conscious emotions. Dr. Mario consistently stresses the importance of empowering athletes to give high effort and work to improve personal bests above all else, while embracing compassion and empathy toward others. He is a member of the Applied Association for Sport Psychology (AASP) and has presented at several of their national conferences. Dr. Mario loves working with athletes on campus to improve their mental toughness and become better teammates.
Areas of Academic Expertise
Sport and exercise psychology
Motivational climate on sports teams
Self-conscious emotions among athletes
(selected)PE 180: Foundations of HPER PE 355:
Philosophies, Concepts, & Contemporary Issues in Coaching
PE 411: Sport Marketing
PE 453: Sport Psychology
PE 456: Social Aspects of Sport
PE 457: Exercise Psychology
PE 492: Event Planning & Program Development
PE 744: Sociological Perspectives of Sport
PE 754: Applied Sport Psychology of Coaching
PE 759: Contemporary Issues in Sport
Publications and Presentations
Fontana, M. S. (2015) We are all headcases! Exploring the world of sport and exercise psychology. A class presentation given at Eastern Kentucky University. March.
Fontana, M. S., Bass, J. R. and Fry, M. D. (2015). From Smith Center to Coney Island: Examining the Coaching Climate in the United States Sporting Culture. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 9(4).
Fontana, M. S., Iwasaki, S., Hogue, C. M., Claunch, J. L., Poux, K. N., (2014). Initiating Mental Skills Training With A High School Freshman Baseball Team. A poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in Las Vegas, NV.
Fry, M.D., Moore, E. W. G., Fontana, M. S., Claunch, J. L., Iwasaki, S., and Hogue, C. M. (2012). Building Mentally Strong Athletes: Ideas for Incorporating Mental Skills Training with Sports Teams. A training session for attendees of the annual Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) conference.
Fontana, M. S. (2013). Athlete perception of motivational climate on compassion, pride and shame. A poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in New Orleans, LA.
Fontana, M.S. (2016) Creating and Validating the Shame in Sport Questionnaire. Presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Mario adores his wife, Brooke, and daughter, Addison. Additionally, his three-legged Australian Shepherd and best friend, Izzy, has been known to come to classes to guest lecture (students have been said to prefer her.) In his free time, Dr. Mario loves to play racquetball, collect action figures, and raise money and awareness for the Travis Roy Foundation.
Fun facts: Mario is a member of the Little Fenway Hall of Fame in Essex, Vermont. His Hogwarts House of choice is Hufflepuff.