Assistant Professor of Psychology

103C Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 1861
mbejar@mtmercy.edu

BS  Gonzaga University
MA  San José State University
PhD  University of Tennessee

Matt joined Mount Mercy University after completing his PhD in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016. While at Tennessee, he taught Introduction to Sport Psychology, Stress Management, and a number of courses in the physical education activity program, including Exercise and Nutrition, Conditioning, Jogging, and Weight Training. Prior to that, Matt earned his MA in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Sport Studies from San José State University in 2013. He also received a BA in Psychology and BS in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University in 2011.

He is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. His research centers on athletic/running identity and its relationship with identity foreclosure, exercise and health behaviors, and psychological adjustment to major events (e.g., injury, retirement, and deselection). His research also explores how social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and other social/cultural forces shape athletes’ experiences. Other interests include the student-athlete/athletic trainer relationship as well as psychological strategies to improve recovery time during injury and rehabilitation.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys running, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, attending a variety of sports games/events, watching horror movies, and cooking.