Vista Beasley, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-5359
Office: Tuttle North 323


Vista Beasley joined SUNY Brockport in 2020. Her scholarly work is focused on the psychological antecedents of pain endurance behaviors and overuse injuries in physical activity contexts to include mental toughness, social identity, and self-presentation.

Beasley was the managerial editor of the first Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology and edited a textbook about military field leadership. She has completed 450+ hours towards certification with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) working directly with athletes and teams to improve performance. She has served as reviewer for nine peer-reviewed research journals and the national AASP conference and is on the editorial board of one journal. Her sport participation and coaching include track, cross country, and triathlon. She also enjoys long-distance backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and orienteering. Previously, she served as an officer in the United States military as well as federal and state law enforcement.


  • PhD, University of Stirling (Scotland)
  • MS, Florida State University
  • BA, Emory University

Areas of Specialty

  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Psychology

Research Interests

  • Mental toughness
  • Pain endurance behaviors
  • Overuse injury
  • Social identity
  • Self-presentation