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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology




Ph. D., University of Kansas; M.S., California State University, Fullerton


Scholarly and Creative Interests:

Dr. Kress' research interest is in experimental education. He is the Director of the Outdoor Beach Adventure course (OutBAC) which is a low ropes experimental learning center. The OutBAC offers a large variety of challenging, experimental activities designed to develop teamwork and leadership skills. Groups from athletic teams, sororities, fraternities, university clubs, as well as most community groups find they can transfer personal growth and teamwork into enhancing a group's sense of pride and achievement.

Recent Publications:

Kress, J.L., & Statler, T. (2006). A Naturalistic Investigation of Former Olympic Cyclists' Cognitive Strategies for Coping with Exertion Pain During Performance. Journal of Sport Behavior. Accepted for publication.

Kress, J.L., Schroeder, J.M., & Geffner, D. (2006). Learning the Ropes: Challenging Children With Diabetes. American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal, 10 (5) 19-23.

Kress, J.L. & Lavay, B. (2006). Traveling the OutBAC: Challenging Children With Disabilities on a Low Ropes Course. PALAESTRA, 22 (2) 21-26.

Taylor, J., & Kress, J. (2004). Psychology of Cycling. In J.L. Docil (Ed.), The Sport Psychologists Handbook. Wiley (pp. 325-352).

Kress, J.L., Schroeder, J.M., & Potteiger, J.A. (1999) The Use of Psychological Skills Training to Increase 10 km Cycling Performance. International Sports Journal. Summer.


Service Activities:

Director of the OutBAC which serves the university and surrounding community.