Megan (Moorehouse) Grandquist
Bachelor of Science in Pre-Athletic Training, 2001
University of La Verne, CA
Megan Grandquist is currently an Assistant Professor of Movement and Sport Sciences at the University of LaVerne, in La Verne, California where she teaches undergraduate courses in sport and exercise psychology, research methods, kinesiology and health-related courses. Dr. Grandquist conducts research and writing in the area of psychology of sport injury and rehabilitation. She completed her Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Oregon in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 2008. Dr. Grandquist is a Certified Athletic Trainer.
After graduation, I taught medical science classes full time at Puyallup High School and worked as at athletic trainer at the high school, for Apple Physical Therapy, and at PLU; these opportunities contributed to my professional growth as a teacher and as a researcher. My research is focused on the psychosocial (psychological and sociological) aspects of sport injury and rehabilitation. Wanting to investigate sport injury rehabilitation adherence related to outcomes (e.g., strength, range of motion, quality of life) and coming upon the realization that the existing literature was not adequately measuring adherence (thus impacting/impeding the findings), I was driven to create a measure of rehabilitation adherence as part of my doctoral dissertation. Because of my resultant knowledge in this area, I have been invited to conduct educational workshops and lectures at National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Annual Meetings; I have also presented my research at these meetings as well as at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Annual Conferences. I have published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and currently have two papers in press for the Journal of Athletic Training. The textbook that I am co-authoring, “Psychosocial Strategies for Athletic Training” (Granquist, Hamson-Utley, Kenow, & Stiller-Ostrowski) (FA Davis Publishing, January 2014) came about because I was one of the four content-experts to write the Psychosocial Strategies and Referral content area (1 of the 8 athletic training content areas) for the 5th Edition Athletic Training Competencies.
At PLU, I had some of the best mentors and professors, without whom I would not be where I am today; standing out among these includes: Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Colleen Hacker, Mr. Gary Nicholson, and Ms. Jennifer Thomas. Their mentorship did not end at graduation and I am thankful for their continued support. The value of a liberal arts education has been invaluable to me; it has provided me with broad and integrated knowledge and skills that are transferable to the ‘real world’ and to my career. A class project in Dr. Hacker’s Applied Sport Psychology class ignited my interest in psychology of sport injury rehabilitation, and, because of that project and her later guidance regarding pursuing my doctoral degree, I credit my line of research and thus career to her.