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Laura Farres

Position (title): Instructor
Sport Science

Faculty of Science and Technology
Office # 1339 NW
Office phone 604 527 5477

Education Credentials

Ph.D., University of Ottawa
M.A., Queen’s University
B.A, University of British Columbia

Academic & Professional Profile

Laura has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. in Physical and Health Education from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Her formal training is in the area of psychopedagogy and the psychology of performance. She is a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), a chartered professional coach (ChPC) with Coaches of Canada, and a Learning Facilitator with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
In addition to being an instructor at Douglas College, Laura applies her knowledge and skills of mental training to sport and exercise, health, and business contexts through her private consulting practice, Mind in Motion Consulting Inc. She works with a number of national, provincial and regional organizations in this capacity and has attended Olympic and Paralympic Games and numerous world championships and world games. She is also an adjunct professor in the Theatre Department at the University of British Columbia teaching a course on Performance Psychology.

Teaching Concentrations

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology, Performance Psychology, Coach Education, Inclusion in Physical Activity and Sport

Professional Affiliations

Chartered Professional Coach (Ch.P.C.), Coaches of Canada (CAC)
Professional Member, Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA)
Member, Coach BC
Professional Member, Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

Publications list


Farres, L. G. (2003). WebExcellence in mental skills education: A framework for designing
quality web-based mental skills education environments. International Journal of Sport
Psychology, 1, 353-371.
MacDonald, C. J., Breithaupt, K., Stodel, E. J., Farres, L. G., & Gabriel, M. A. (2003). The
demand-driven learning model:Testing a framework for web-based learning. International
Journal of Testing.
Farres, L.G. (2002). Coping with a negative coach experience at a national training camp. Journal
of Excellence, 6, 71-85.
Stodel, E. J., & Farres, L.G. (2002). Insights for delivering mental skills training over the web.
Journal of Excellence, 6, 104-117.
MacDonald, C. J. Stodel, E. J., & Farres, L. G., (2001). Student teachers attitudes regarding the
teaching of creative dance. McGill Journal of Education, 36, 219-238.
MacDonald, C. J., Stodel, E. J., Farres, L. G., Breithaupt, K, & Gabriel, M. A. (2001). The
demand driven learning model. The Internet and Higher Education: A Quarterly Review of
Innovations in Post-Secondary Education, 1(4), 1-22.


Farres, L.G. (2010, Winter). Integrating mental skills into practice and Training. BC Coaches
Perspective, 10-12.
Muscat, A. C., & Farres, L. G. (2008). Coach recovery can be R.E.A.C.H.E.D. BC Coaches
Perspective, 8-9.
Farres, L.G. (2007, Summer). Performing at your best as a coach: The influence of confidence and
emotion. BC Coaches Perspective, 10-14.
Muscat, A. C., & Farres, L. G. (2007). Coach recovery can be R.E.A.C.H.E.D. Coaches
Plan/Plan du Coach, 13(3), 42-44.
Farres, L.G. (2004, Fall). Imagery and Exercise, The Update, 3, 2-3.
Farres, L.G. (2004, Fall). Becoming a better coach through reflective practice. BC Coaches
Perspective, 6, 10-11.
Farres, L. G. (2003, Fall). Reflections from the Canada winter games. BC Coaches Perspective, 3,
Farres, L. G. (2003). Preparing mentally for competition. Best Practices Quarterly, 19(1), 8-10.
Farres, L. G. (2002-03). Mental Preparation and the Canada Winter Games. BC Coaches
Perspective, 6 (5), 6-8.
Farres, L. G. (2000). A mental training tool: Implementing an effective mental skills training
program. BC Coaches Perspective, 4(4), 14-17.
Farres, L. G. (2000). A mental training tool: Assessment as a learning tool. BC Coaches
Perspective, 5 (1), 13-16.


Farres, L.G. (2011). Coach diary. Vancouver, Canada: Special Olympics BC 
Farres, L.G. (2005). FOCUSED for curling: Becoming a mental rock. Vancouver, Canada: Curl
Farres, L.G. and Sport Medicine Council of B.C. (2002). The beginning runner’s journal.
Vancouver, Canada: Greystone Books.


Farres, L. G., & MacDonald, C. J. (2006). Activity Theory and context: An understanding of the
development of constructivist instructional design models. In de Figueiredo, A.D., and Afonso,
A.P. (eds) Managing Learning in Virtual Settings: The Role of Context (pp. 161-178)Hershey,
PA: IDEA Group.
MacDonald, C. J, Stodel, E. J., & Farres, L. G. (2005). The future of university and organisational
teaching: A rationale for the Demand-Driven Learning Model as a framework for e-learning. In
J. Boettcher, C. Howard, L. Justice, & K. Schenk (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning
(pp. . Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.
Stodel. E. J., Farres, L. G, & MacDonald, C. J. (2005). WebExcellence in mental skills education:
The importance of design in online mental training. In J. Boettcher, C. Howard, L. Justice, & K.
Schenk (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Online Learning and Technology. Hershey, PA: Information
Science Publishing.