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Leeja Carter, Ph.D.

Center Director

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.