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Jessica Fraser-Thomas

Associate Professor

Jessica Fraser-Thomas


Department: School of Kinesiology and Health Science
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Research Interests

Dr. Fraser-Thomas is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, and member of the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research. Her research focuses on children and youths’ development through sport, with a particular interest in positive youth development, psychosocial influences, and sport trajectories. Currently, she is working on a SSHRC-funded project exploring young children’s earliest introductions to organized sport, characteristics of sport programs that facilitate optimal youth development. She is a recipient of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology Young Scientist Award (2007), the Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award (2012), and recently (2017) served as the chair of the YMCA Northumberland Strong Kids Campaign.

Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Mosher, A., Baker, J., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2020). Comparing psychological constructs in early specializing and sampling male hockey playersCurrent Issues in Sport Science, 5.

Preston, C., Allan, V., Wolman, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2020). The coach-parent relationship and athlete’s development in elite youth hockey: Lessons learned for conflict management. The Sport Psychologist.

Warner, M., White, G., Robinson, J., Cairney, J., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2019). Study protocol for a 2-year longitudinal study of positive youth development at an urban sport for development facility. BMC Public Health, 19, 1480-1493.

Preston, C., Allan, V., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2019). Facilitating positive youth development in elite youth hockey: Exploring coaches’ capabilities, opportunities, and motivations. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Harlow, M., Wolman, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2018). Should toddlers and preschoolers participate in organized sport? A scoping review of developmental outcomes associated with young children’s sport participationInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2018.1550796. 

Beesley, T., Riddell, M., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2018). More than diabetes self-management: Positive youth development at an inclusive type 1 diabetic sport camp. Journal of Youth Development, 13(4), 81-99. doi: 10.5195/jyd.2018.644.

Preston, C. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2018). Problematizing the pursuit of personal development and performance success: An autoethnography of a Canadian elite youth ice hockey coachThe Sport Psychologist, 32(2), 102-113.

Holt, N. L., Camiré, M., Tamminen, K. A., Pankow, K., Pynn, S., Strachan, L., MacDonald, D., & Fraser-Thomas, J.(2018). PYDSportNET: A knowledge translation project bridging gaps between research and practice in youth sportJournal of Sport Psychology in Action, 9(2), 132-146. DOI 10.1080/21520704.2017.138889. 

Tristani, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2017). Physical literacy: From theory to practice. Exploring new teachers’ early experiences in Health and Physical EducationPHEnex Journal, 9(1), 1-20.

Wolman, L. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2017). "I am a lifer!" Facilitating the transition to non-elite adult sport: A case study of rugby in Canada's largest city. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 30, 215-225.


Tykes and Tots: Exploring and Optimizing Coaching Effectiveness in Preschooler Sport  (2021-2024). Funded by SSHRC (Insight Grant). Primary Investigator: J. Fraser-Thomas. Co-Investigators: J. Baker, R. Bassett-Gunter, & J. Rawana. Amount: $204,527

TD Community Engagement Catalyst Grant (2019). Funded by Natan Levi, Jane and Finch Tennis Association. Amount: $5,000 

Minor Research Grant (2019). Funded by Faculty of Health, York University. Amount: $3,000. 

Community-Based Sport Education Program: Examining PYD in Adolescent Elite Student-Athletes (2018-2020). Funded by SSHRC (Insight Development Grant). Primary Investigator: J. Leo. Co-Investigators: J. Baker, J. Fraser-Thomas, N. Wattie, K. Knibbe, & S. McReynolds. Amount: $60,540

Athlete Development in Parasport: The Canadian Paralympian Project (2017-2020). Funded by SSHRC (Insight Grant). Primary Investigator: J. Baker. Co-Investigators: N. Wattie, R. Bassett-Gunter, & J. Fraser-Thomas. Amount: $145,158