Thomas S. Henricks is the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor at Elon University. He established the program for sociology majors and developed the Faculty Resource Center at Elon. He also served as dean of the social sciences department and associate dean of the university. His publications include Play and the Human Condition; Disputed Pleasures: Sport and Society in Preindustrial England; Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression; and Selves, Societies, and Emotions: Understanding the Pathways of Experience.
Brendon Hyndman is Program Manager of the Bachelor of Teaching & Learning curriculum at Charles Darwin University in Australia and also serves as lecturer in its School of Education. Hyndman has authored or coauthored more than four dozen articles and book chapters on creating play spaces for children in early education settings. His research on school safety, physical activity, and the effects of the Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play intervention has appeared in such journals as Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Journal of Physical Education and Sport, and Journal of School Health. Amanda Benson is Senior Lecturer for the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Her areas of research include physical activity, resistance training, and technology-based interventions within school settings and among individuals with Type 2 diabetes. She has contributed coauthored articles to numerous health and science journals, including the European Journal of Sport Science, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, and Sports Technology. Amanda Telford is Associate Professor for the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Her research examines the use of technology to promote physical activity in secondary schools. She is the former chief investigator for the state review of the Victorian Certificate of Education, and her writings on how family, community, and school environments affect a child’s physical activity have appeared in, among others, the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Health Promotion Practice, and Journal of School Health.
Jay C. Kimiecik is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University. He has written, lectured, and led workshops on numerous self-help development and family health-related topics, including health behavioral change, the social psychology of sports and exercise, and how families influence adolescent physical activity. He is the author of The Intrinsic Exerciser: Discovering the Joy of Exercise and Personal Fitness Program: 12 Weeks to a Better You, and his coauthored book chapters and articles have appeared in Advances in Sport Psychology, Handbook of Research in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology: International Perspectives, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.
Paula Thomson is Associate Professor at California State University, where she also serves as dance coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology. For the last three decades, she has held teaching appointments at Juilliard School of Music, Banff School of Fine Arts, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified sports psychologist and has been named one of the top twenty female professors in the state of California. S. Victoria Jaque is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Exercise and Psychophysiology Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University. Her research focuses on factors that influence the development of peak bone mass, including gender, dietary restrictions, and bone mineral density during adolescence. Thomson and Jaque have coauthored nearly two dozen articles on the effects of stress on performing artists, athletes, and patients with functional disorders. Together, their research has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Creativity, Psychology of Aesthetics, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and International Journal of Sport Psychology.