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Fisher, Kevin

Associate Professor



Kevin M. Fisher, PhD, CSCS, is a southern Virginia native who started his journey in higher education by earning dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia in Government and Psychology. After briefly working in the public school sector, he decided to continue pursuing his interest and passion for psychology and movement science. The focus of his Master of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was Sport and Exercise Psychology, and his Doctorate at the University of Tennessee centered on Motor Learning. His thesis examined attentional demand during the golf putting stroke, and his dissertation compared implicit (analogy) and explicit learning strategies in golf putting. Dr. Fisher came to Central Michigan University during the fall semester of 2014, and his primary teaching load resides with courses focusing on motor behavior, performance psychology, and strength and conditioning. Some of these courses include PES 225: Athletic Conditioning for Coaches, PES 302:  Fundamentals of Motor Learning, PES 304: Youth Sports and Diverse Learners, and PES 485: Theoretical Foundations of Strength and Conditioning. Dr. Fisher’s research interests center around attention and practice structure in novice skill learning and expert performance, along with mental skills and training in sports, martial arts, and military pursuits. In addition to his teaching and research duties, he serves as an academic senator, the faculty advisor for the CMU Judo Club, an assistant instructor for the CMU Hapkido class, and a member of the Michigan Army National Guard. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, reading, traveling, running with his dog, and playing video games with his son. His favorite part of the Health and Physical Education program is having the opportunity to work with colleagues and learners who each bring a unique combination of knowledge, experience, and expertise to CMU.

More about Kevin Fisher

  • Allen, H. R., Ferkel, R. C., & Fisher, K. M. (In press). Economical, defensible procedures for assessing and documenting growth in elementary physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD).
  • Fisher, K. M., Kartes, W., & Gregorski, M. (2022). Changing the type of KR affects the learning of a line-drawing task. Human Movement, 23(1), 50-59.
  • Fisher, K. M. (2019). An assessment of instructional methods, student perceptions, and skill acquisition in a collegiate beginner Judo class. International Journal of Martial Arts, 5(2), 1-14.
  • Fisher, K. M., & Fairbrother, J. T. (2019). Seeing is believing: Blind putting drills confer no advantage to the novice golfer. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES), DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1674443.
  • Ferkel, R. C., Stodden, D. F., & Fisher, K. M. (2019). Differences between student outcomes in high school physical education: Fitness education curriculum vs. sport-based curriculum. International Journal of Physical Education, Sports, and Health, 6(4), 174-179.
  • Fisher, K. M. (2019). A repeated-measures assessment of golf shot performance at varying distances in collegiate female golfers using the Trackman portable launch monitor. Journal of Advanced Sport Technology, 2(1), 1-7.
  • Fisher, K. M. (2019). Applying key principles of performance psychology to enhance physical education and sport programs. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD), 90 (8), 50-56.
  • Fisher, K. M., & Ferkel, R. C. (2019). Applying key principles of motor skill learning and assessment to your physical education program. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 32(2), 15-23.
  • Fisher, K. M. (2019). An assessment of student learning and instructional methods in a golf skills physical education course at a public university. The Physical Educator, 76(2), 410-426.
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Red Cross Certification in Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR, and First Aid
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 Certification
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 2 Golf Certification
  • Fundamental Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1 Certification
  • PhD, Kinesiology and Sports Studies, University of Tennessee
  • MS, Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • BA, Psychology, University of Virginia
  • BA, Government, University of Virginia
  • Motor learning:  attention and practice structure in novice skill learning and expert performance.
  • Performance psychology:  mental skills and training in sports, martial arts, and military pursuits.
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • United States Judo Federation (USJF)
  • Michigan Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE MI)
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)

Courses Taught

  • PED 189:  Weight Training and Conditioning
  • PES 115:  Fundamental Motor Skills
  • PES 225:  Athletic Conditioning for Coaches
  • PES 302:  Fundamentals of Motor Learning
  • PES 304:  Youth Sports and Diverse Learners
  • PES 485:  Theoretical Foundations of Strength and Conditioning
  • PES 606:  Motor Learning and Human Performance