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Amanda Rymal

Amanda Rymal

Associate Professor,


Associate Professor
Office Phone(909) 537-5354
Office LocationHP-207


Dr. Mandy Rymal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She has a Master’s as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Rymal developed the Motor Behavior Lab in which faculty and students work together in areas of teaching and research related to motor skill learning and control, motor development, and sport and exercise psychology. Her specific area of interests relate to the use of observation when teaching motor skills and the underlying mechanisms that may influence the learning process. Dr. Rymal actively mentor’s students who present their research at both national and international conferences. Many of her students have been recognized and awarded through University and National organizations. She is an active member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, as well as the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology.  Much of her research has been presented and recognized by both scholars and practitioners.

Dr. Rymal is committed to serving the department, college, university, and community in a variety of ways. She is has held positions as the Kinesiology Student Association faculty advisor, the Kinesiology Assessment Coordinator, CNS Curriculum Committee, Department and College Evaluation committees, CNS Workload Committee, as well as the WSCUC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Self-study group. She was an Assessment Capability Fellow and created a means to assess co-curricular activities throughout the university. Dr. Rymal is a consultant for City SC Temecula relating to agility and mental training workshops. Furthermore, Dr. Rymal has been working alongside a national organization called Officially Human regarding data analysis of referees and officials. The goal to this partnership is to restore respect to game officials and promote a well-balanced sporting environment between official and athletes.


BA Hons Sport Psychology, Laurentian University

MA Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

PhD Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa


KINE 4100; KINE 3700; KINE 3400; KINE 2611, KINE 3500; KINE 4200; KINE 2500

Research and Teaching Interests

Self-observation/self-modeling techniques for motor skill learning and performance. Psychological skills training in skill learning and performance enhancement. Self-regulation and underlying mechanisms of skill acquisition and competitive performance. Recruitment of female sport officials.