Leeja Carter, Ph.D.
Leeja Carter, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Health, and Exercise Science (ATHES) as well as the Director of the Center for Performance Excellence in Applied Kinesiology (PEAK) at Long Island University-Brooklyn. She possesses a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Post-Master’s Certification in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in the Psychology of Human Movement from Temple University.
Dr. Carter’s research has focused on sport, exercise, and general health amongst Black women. Dr. Carter has researched and compared differences in health between rural and urban Black women, and how local medical and health facilities, grocers, as well as community culture influence women’s attitudes towards health and barriers to maintaining personal health. The majority of her research is with middle to low-income women of color, a population that is often underserved and marginalized within healthcare, medicine, and sport culture.
Dr. Carter received two grants supporting research addressing the experiences of people of color within sport, sport psychology, and general healthcare. Her research exploring the experiences of microaggressions amongst African American sport and exercise psychology (SEP) professionals was funded by Adler University and her recent research titled “Superwoman: Exploring Stress, Coping, and Physical Activity Among African American Women residing in New York City, NY” was funded by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s Oglesby-Snyder Grant for Equity and Cultural Diversity. She received a site grant through the U.S. Department of Justice in partnership with ten universities and under the supervision of Fairleigh Dickinson University to research campus sexual assault and perpetrator risk.
Currently she serves as the Diversity Committee Chair for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), AASP Women in Sports special interest group coordinator, and sits on AASP’s Finance and Foundation Committee. She sits on LIU’s Gender Studies Board and is a member of several divisions within the American Psychology Association.
Dr. Carter is an avid foodie and yogi who enjoys cooking and exploring New York City’s great food culture.
Leeja Carter, Ph.D. moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2014 by way of Chicago, IL and Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Carter believes sport and exercise are not only personally enhancing, but can transform families and communities. Dr. Carter received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Post-Master’s Certification in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in the Psychology of Human Movement from Temple University.
Dr. Carter is passionate about women’s wellness particularly among women of color. In 2015 Dr. Carter created the PEAK Program at LIU-Brooklyn: an all-in-one program that combines research, applied sport psychology practice, and student training for the LIU and Brooklyn communities. In 2018 she was awarded the Fulbright Scholar award to consultant on projects supporting women’s physical activity and sports engagement. Dr. Carter identifies as a feminist sport psychology practitioner with her work addressing historical and contemporary representations of Black women’s ‘strength’, culturally sensitive health and sport psychology approaches for people of color, and gendered racism in sport.
Dr. Carter enjoys yoga, cooking, and meditation.
Isha Mody is a Graduate Research Assistant in PEAK. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Long Island University – Brooklyn. During Isha’s time at LIU-Brooklyn, she plans to study both exercise physiology and exercise psychology. Her goal is to have a multifaceted approach towards her clients and use psychology in conjunction with exercise science to enhance patient health.
Kamakshi Sharma is a Graduate Research Assistant in PEAK. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Long Island University – Brooklyn. Her educational goals include pursuing a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. She describes herself as a devoted, energetic, diligent and hardworking woman who is eager to accept challenges in life.
Jazmine Clarke is PEAK’s Social Media and Marketing Assistant. She is a junior at Temple University majoring in Sport and Recreation Management with a minor in Spanish. Her hobbies include dance and sports. She also enjoys summer and spending time with her friends and family. She hopes to become a social media marketer for a professional sports team.
PREVIOUS INTERNS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
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Sekou Cox, Graduate & Lead Research Assistant, Program: Exercise Science
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Qushondra Owens, Give Program Intern, Program: Exercise Science
Vrunda Patel, Graduate Research Assistant, Program: Exercise Science
Jocelyn Scott, Graduate Research Assistant, Program: Social Work
Michael Souders, Graduate & Lead Research Assistant, Program: Exercise Science
Jardana Silburn, Graduate Research Assistant, Program Social Work
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