Alex Garn 

Karen Wax Schmitt and Family Endowed Professor, Interim Director

Bachelor's Degree(s): Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1996

Master's Degree: Kinesiology, University of Wyoming, 2000

PhD: Kinesiology, Indiana University, 2007

Phone: 225-578-5954


Office: 1250C HPL Field House

Curriculum Vitae


I received my PhD from Indiana University and joined the LSU School of Kinesiology faculty in 2007. I am currently the Interim Director of the LSU School of Kinesiology, and Professor and division leader of the Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences program area of study. My research investigates motivational and emotional determinants of physical activity, motor skill performance, learning, and psychological well-being. I have a strong interest in exploring substantive methodological issues associated with the application of motivational theory in natural settings. A secondary research focus explores the use of schools as a point of intervention for children’s health and well-being. I have been highly engaged in professional service with organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and currently serve on multiple editorial boards. I have also been very active in mentoring graduate students at LSU with interests in pedagogy and the psychology of physical activity.  

Awards & Honors

Karen Wax Schmitt and Family Endowed Professorship in the College of Human Sciences & Education, Louisiana State University.

2018 University of Northern Iowa School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services Hall of Excellence Award

2017 LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Distinguished Research Award

2014 University of Wyoming College of Health Science Division of Kinesiology and Health Alumnus of the Year

Selected Publications

Garn, A.C., Morin, A.J.S., & Lonsdale, C. (in press). Basic psychological need satisfaction toward learning: A longitudinal test of mediation using bifactor exploratory structural equation modeling. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Chen, S., & Garn, A.C. (2018). Student learning in physical education through the lens of a “curriculum specialist”. Kinesiology Review, 7, 226–232.

Garn, A.C., & Webster, E.K. (2018). Reexamining the factor structure of the Test of Gross Motor Development – Second Edition: Application of exploratory structural equation modeling. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 22, 200–212.

Garn, A.C., Simonton, K., Dasinger, T., & Simonton, A. (2017). Predicting changes in student engagement in university physical education:  Application of control-value theory of achievement emotions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 29, 93–102.

Garn, A.C. (2017). Multidimensional measurement of situational interest in physical education: Application of bifactor exploratory structural equation modeling. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 36, 323–339.