Mario Fontana, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-5458
Office: Tuttle North B324


Mario joined the KSSPE faculty in the fall of 2017. He is passionate about creating a caring climate in the classroom and loves to promote thoughtful conversation along with a little bit of joy and laughter. A proud alumnus of Dr. Mary Fry’s Sport Psychology Lab at the University of Kansas, Mario has created a measure to explore shame levels in athletes and hopes to do more with the instrument in future research. His ultimate goal is to instill a sense of compassion and empathy in all coaches, no matter what level. In his free time, Mario enjoys being a husband and a dad and likes to raise money for spinal cord injury survivors via the Travis Roy Foundation.


  • PhD, The University of Kansas
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • B.A., Ithaca College

Areas of Specialty

  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Kinesiology
  • Sport Sociology
  • Coaching Leadership

Courses Taught

PES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology

PES 430 Sport & Exercise Psychology

PES 441 Sport Sociology

Research Interests

  • Achievement Goal Perspective Theory in Sport
  • Self-Conscious Emotions in Athletes