Leeja Carter
Published August 3, 2021

Leeja Carter is an associate professor of exercise psychology at Temple University and chair of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She’s an expert on feminist sport and exercise psychology, and gendered racism in sports. 

Carter has presented internationally and published publications, book chapters and articles on topics related to feminist sport psychology, Black feminist politics and equity in sports. Recent publications include her book Feminist Applied Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice (2019) and article in Volume 42 of Women and Therapy (2019). She is also the founder and executive director of the Coalition for Food and Health Equity in Jersey City, N.J. 

In 2018, Carter was awarded the Fulbright Specialist Scholar award. As a recipient, she served as a visiting scholar at London South Bank University, where she researched cross-cultural barriers to exercise engagement among girls from various racial and ethnic groups in the region.  

Her work has been featured in Self Magazine, Bustle and other outlets, and she writes for Psychology Today.

Carter received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a post-master’s certification in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in kinesiology with a concentration in the psychology of human movement from Temple University.

An African American woman with dark brown hair in a slicked back ponytail looks directly at the camera with a closed mouth smile. Her hands are in fists placed under her chin. She is wearing rectangular tortoise shell glasses, a white t-shirt, a black necklace, and a white and gold watch.

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Pronouns: She/her 

Expertise: Feminist sport psychology, exercise psychology, gendered racism in sports 

Location: Jersey City, N.J.

Email: katrina@lcamanagement.net 

Heard on CNN’s Connect the World: “Athletes and Mental Stress”

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