Dr. Tanya Prewitt-White

Tanya Prewitt-White

Clinical Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition



Office Phone



901 W. Roosevelt Rd., 339 PEB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Tanya Prewitt-White, certified mental performance coach (CMPC) and Survivor Advocate, provides performance enhancement consulting to athletes and coaches; though, it has been through this work she has been compelled to address and discuss the difficult realities deeply rooted in sport and society. Thus, Dr. Prewitt-White has committed her life to entering the transformative dialogues necessary for equity and progress in sport and society. Whether it be writing about or discussing the exploitative, sexist, racist and homonegative recruiting practices in FBS Football in the United States, the lack of policy and inclusive practices for transgender people and athletes, the myths about women who CrossFit while pregnant or the intersections of oppression present in athletics and society, Tanya can be found having the conversation. She is committed to using her voice and finding the courage to say hard things with grace so that every person is heard and able to reach their personal best.

Selected Publications

Teaching with diversity and social justice principles. In J. Coumbe-Lilley & A. Shipherd (Eds). High Impact Teaching Practices for Sport and Exercise Psychology Educators, New York, NY: Routledge

“I was his litmus test: An autoethnographic account of being groomed in sport. ”, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

“Seeing, being and doing: Addressing multicultural competency in Applied Sport Psychology”, Athletic Insight

“An examination of equal access in athletic programs throughout public high schools in the United States.”, Journal of Amateur Sport

Service to the Community

Dr. Prewitt-White regularly consults with athletic organizations, departments and universities on culturally humility, anti-racist practices and sexual consent conversations. In addition, she has been a featured Sport Psychology Facilitator for U.S. Tumbling and Trampoline Association and the USA Rugby National Development Summit.

Leadership in the Profession

Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Advocacy Chair (2020 - present)

Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Newsletter Editor (2013-2016)

Association of Applied of Applied, Executive Board Member, Student Representative (2008-2009)

Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Southeast Regional Representative (2006 - 2008)

Notable Honors

2017 - Teaching Scholar Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2004 - Class of 2004 Leadership Award, Carthage College

2003, 2004 - Lloyd B. Yepsen Outstanding Psychology Student Award, Carthage College, Psychology Department


PhD, Sport Studies, Concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
MS, Sport Studies, Concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
BA, Psychology, Exercise Science and Physical Education, Carthage College