Jason R. Kostrna

Assistant Professor; Director, Kinesiology Program

Teaching and Learning

Office: AC1 311

Phone: 305-919-4074

Email: jkostrna@fiu.edu

Specialty: Sport and Exercise Psychology

Dr. Kostrna’s professional philosophy centers on the integration of scientific research, learning and applied practice. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) and Approved Mentor for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), a Certified Personal Trainer for the National Council on Strength and Fitness, serves on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sport Psychology Registry, and a member of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Area Program committee for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). He has consulted and conducted research with numerous teams and individual performers of all age ranges, from amateur to professional/Olympic levels. Additionally, he has worked with non-sport and exercise populations to improve performance and increase enjoyment, motivation and adherence.

Research Areas

Dr. Kostrna’s research agenda examines how attentional interventions influence the cognitive and emotional determinants of exercise adherence and sport performance. His published and current research investigates exercise adherence and applied interventions designed to improve motivation for exercise through the manipulation of perceived exertion, enjoyment, competence, autonomy, and relatedness. His existing and ongoing research on sport performance focuses on the effects of stress and its resultant emotions on decision-making as well as applied sport psychology interventions to improve performance and decision-making in high-pressure situations.

Select Publications

Kostrna, J., & Tenenbaum, G. (2021). Testing the Expanded Sport Official’s Decision-Making Model. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2021.1891117 

Feiss, R. Kostrna, J., Scruggs, W., Pangelinan, M. & Tenenbaum, G. (2020). The effects of music tempo on physical and psychological aspects of isometric strength exercise. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(2), 161–169. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1809974 

Liu, S., Ritchie, J., Sáenz-Moncaleano, C., Ward, S. K., Paulsen, C., Klein, T., ... Tenenbaum, G. (2017). 3D technology of Sony Bloggie has no advantage in decision-making of tennis serve direction: A randomized placebo-controlled study. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1301561 

Ritchie, J., Braun, R., Basevitch, I., Boiangin, N., & Tenenbaum, G. (2016). The effects of lemon taste on attention, perceived exertion, and affect during a stepping task. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 25, 9-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.03.005 

Ritchie, J., Basevitch, I., Rodenberg, R., & Tenenbaum, G. (2016). Situation criticality and basketball officials' stress levels. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35, 2080-2087. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2016.1255770 

Select Presentations

Otalora, J.*, Burrows, L.*, Pavanelli, R.*, Gomez, S.*, & Kostrna, J. (Accepted for October 2021). A Content Analysis of Communication in Professional Esports. Presentation at Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kostrna, J., Perez E*., Astudillo, A.*, Svoboda, S.*, & Gomez, S.* (Presented June 2021). A Model of Quasi-Experimental Designs for Sport Psychology Research. Virtual presentation at North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Annual Conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdkv4OX5hI4

Kostrna, J., Gonzalez, R.*, Simon, W.*, Astudillo, A.*, Otalora, J.*, & Pavanelli, R*. (Presented October 2020). Does Noise Control Moderate the Effect of Music on Aerobic Exercise Experience. Virtual presentation at Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference.

Kostrna, J., Pavanelli, R.*, & Perlett, M. (Presented June 2020). The Effects of Music Timing on Aerobic Exercise Experience. Virtual presentation at North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Annual Conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBnRtq2XgnU&t 

Kostrna, J., Pavanelli, R.*, Astudillo, A.*, Otalora, J.*, Sires, S.*, & D’Addario, A. (Presented 2019, October). An Independent Examination of MSPE in NCAA Athletics. Poster presentation at Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

*FIU Kinesiology Students


Dr. Kostrna earned his PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Florida State University. While at Florida State he also completed a Master's in Measurement and Statistics and a graduate certificate in program evaluation.