Dr. Gabriele Wulf is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and University of Munich. She is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. Dr. Wulf has published about 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books. Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. In 2017 she was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

  • President, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2014-2016)
  • Founding Editor, Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2012-2015)
  • Founding Editor, Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2010-2012)


Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialization in the social psychology of human movement. She is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of motivational enhancements (confidence and autonomy support) in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke.

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2010-2012)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2012-present)
  • Investigator, “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (I-CARE) after stroke,” National Institutes of Health/National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) & National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-National Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Research (NCMRR), $12,4M (2008-2014)

Dr. Wulf and Dr. Lewthwaite regularly give workshops or invited presentations, and consult with various groups, including coaches, physical or occupational therapists, physicians, athletes, and musicians, etc. Previous speaking engagements have included the American Physical Therapy Association; Art in Motion – Training for Excellence; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; American Academy for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology; Brazilian Congress of Motor Behavior; British Psychological Society, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology; National Strength and Conditioning Association; Nike SPARQ Performance Summit; North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity; Öresund Symposium on Clinical Skills Training; Physiokongress; World Congress for Physical Therapy; World Scientific Congress of Golf, and many others.