Duke Biber, Ph.D.

Duke Biber joined the Department of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical education at the University of West Georgia in 2018. Dr. Biber has his Doctoral degree in exercise psychology from Georgia State University and Masters degree in sport psychology from Georgia Southern University. He is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBCHWC). He has experience teaching sport and exercise psychology, mental and emotional wellness, health behavior change, weight training, and a variety of fitness courses. His research interests include psychological determinants of exercise as well as identity development, self-compassion, mindfulness, and spirituality. He and the Wolf Wellness Lab recently received funding from the DBHDD to implement the Sources of Strength opioid and suicide prevention program at Central High School. He is also the Co-PI of the 5-year Girls Empowering Movement (GEM) statewide initiative (funded by the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation) alongside HealthMPowers. In addition to teaching and research, Duke has served as the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) trainer in central Virginia and sport psychology consultant for athletes at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, and Georgia State University. Dr. Biber recently published an ebook and online course to promote resilience, positivity, and flourishing entitled The Power of Positive Emotions.

  • B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, 2011
  • M.S., Sport Psychology, Georgia Southern University, 2013
  • Ph.D., Exercise Psychology, Georgia State University, 2018

Summer 2022 Sections

Spring 2022 Sections

Fall 2021 Sections

Spring 2021 Sections

Fall 2020 Sections

Summer 2020 Sections

  • CMWL-3101 (Mental & Emotional Wellness) Section: E01
  • CMWL-3102 (Psych of Health & Wellness) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • PHED-2000 (App Con of Fitness & Wellness) Section: 02
  • CMWL-3101 (Mental & Emotional Wellness) Section: 01
  • CMWL-3102 (Psych of Health & Wellness) Section: 01

Fall 2019 Sections

  • XIDS-2002 (Drugs and Alcohol in College) Section: 74
  • CMWL-3101 (Mental & Emotional Wellness) Section: 01
  • CMWL-3102 (Psych of Health & Wellness) Section: 01
  • CMWL-4103 (Appld Rsrch Mthd Hlth/Comm Wel) Section: 01

Summer 2019 Sections

  • CMWL-3100 (Lifespan Development) Section: E02
  • CMWL-3101 (Mental & Emotional Wellness) Section: E01
  • CMWL-3102 (Psych of Health & Wellness) Section: E01

Spring 2019 Sections

  • CMWL-3101 (Mental & Emotional Wellness) Section: 01
  • CMWL-3102 (Psych of Health & Wellness) Section: 01
  • CMWL-4685 (Applied Rsrch Meth Health Comm) Section: 01

Fall 2018 Sections

  • PWLA-1600 (Personal Wellness) Section: E04
  • PWLA-1600 (Personal Wellness) Section: E03
  • PHED-2000 (App Con of Fitness & Wellness) Section: 01
  • CMWL-3102 (Psych of Health & Wellness) Section: 01

Biber, D. D., & Ellis, R., & Rice, K. (2021). Self-compassion training within a work-place physical activity program: A pilot study. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 68(4), 1059-1067. (2021). DOI: 10.3233/WOR-213436

Biber, D. D. & Czech, D. R. (2021). College students’ attitudes toward seeking professional help. National Wellness Institute Journal. Retrieved from https://nwijournal.com/study-college-students-attitudes-toward-seeking-professional-help/

Biber, D. D. & Czech, D.R. (2021). Comparing anxiety, aggression, and hostility, between NCAA Division I athletes and non-athletes: A cross-sectional study. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 36, 1-22. DOI: 10.1007/s12646-020-00556-w

Biber, D. D., Melton, B., & Czech, D. R. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on college anxiety, optimism, gratitude, and course satisfaction. Journal of American College Health, 1-7. DOI:10.1080/07448481.2020.1842424

Biber, D. D. (2020). Integration of a mindfulness meditation lab for university students. Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal, 4(2), 88-95. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/bhac.v4i2.7666

Biber, D. D. & Knoll, C. (2020). Exercise is medicine on campus ®: A pilot study. Recreational Sports Journal, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/1558866120964815 [View Publication (PDF)]

Biber, D. D., & Heidorn, J. (2020). Tailoring the walking classroom to promote college student engagement. College Teaching. DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2020.1833177

Biber, D. D., & Kniess, D. (2020). Health coaching for graduate students: Promoting academic success and well-being. Developments (American College Personnel Association - International), 4, 1-12. Retrieved from http://developments.myacpa.org/

Biber, D. D. & Brandenburg, G. (2020). A photovoice analysis of learning during a short-term study abroad trip to Belize. Reflective Practice, 1-10. doi: 10.1080/14623943.2020.1784867 [View Publication (PDF)]

Dennis, L., Blais, E., Wagstaff, K., Li, L., Biber, D. D., & Czech. D. R. (2020). The effects of static stretching on proprioception, pennation angle, and muscle power production. International Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 6(2), 37-43.

Biber, D. D. (2020). Teaching gratitude for social emotional learning. Educator’s Corner in Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 32(2), 32-34.

Todd, K., Czech, D. R., & Biber, D. D. (2020). The effect of perceived level of social support on the fear of falling. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging, 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2020.1746052

Biber, D. D. (2020). Transformative learning curriculum for short-term study abroad trips. Journal of Teaching & Travel in Tourism. DOI: 10.1080/15313220.2020.1775757

Ellis, R., Saringer, C., Davis, A., Biber, D., & Ferrer, D. (2020). Examining the impact of wellness champions on the effectiveness of a workplace health and well-being program. American Journal of Health Promotion. (), 1-6. DOI: 10.1177/0890117120929131

Biber, D. D. (2019). Social emotional learning for a college classroom. College Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2019.1709408

Biber, D. D. Creating Team Cohesion and Sport Identity. (2019). Coach's Corner in Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 32, 6, 40-42.

Biber, D. D. 2019. Facilitating social emotional learning in the workplace. International Journal of Whole Person Care 6(2), 26-29.

Czech, D. R., Biber, D. D., Gentner, N. (2019). No Fear: Discover Your Passion And Live With Purpose. (Kindle version). Retrieved from Amazon.com; ISBN-13: 9781079250992 [View Publication External Resource]

Biber, D. D., Stoepker, P., & Heidorn, B. (2019). Techniques to Promote Healthy Self-Regulation in Physical Education. Strategies, 32(2), 56-60. DOI: 10.1080/08924562.2019.1559643

Czech, D. R., Melton, B., Wittenberg, M., & Biber, D. D. (2018). Influence of gender, race and generation on college students’ exercise motivation levels: A generational comparison. Journal of Sports Science. (5).

Biber, D. D., Brandenburg, G., Knoll, C., McBurse, S., Merem, A. M., & Stewart, B. (2018). The Wolf Wellness Lab: A Model for Community Health and Wellness Promotion. Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 50(2), 4-11.

Wehner, K. J., Czech, D. R., & Biber, D. D. (2018). An examination of competitiveness between gender, race, and school classification of millennial students: An Exploratory Study. Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Jou

Biber, D. D., & Ellis, R. (2017). The effect of self-compassion on the self-regulation of health behaviors: A systematic review. Journal of Health Psychology. 1-12.

Williams, M., Czech, D. R., & Biber, D. D. (2017). The impact of NCAA division I women soccer coaching style on player well-being: A qualitative analysis. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 32, 1-12.

Ryan, Z., Czech, D. R., Harris, B. S., Todd, S., & Biber, D. D. (2016). A Qualitative examination of the sport music preferences of NCAA division I athletes. International Journal of Sport Sciences, 6(5).

Biber, D. D. & Ellis, R. (2016). A RE-AIM evaluation of a team-based physical activity program for university employees. International Journal of Sport Studies 6(2), 90-94.

Cronon, H., Biber, D. D., & Czech, D. R. (2015). Understanding college females’ intrinsic motives for physical activity: A qualitative comparison between athletes and non-athletes. Journal of SPORT, 4(2), 27-42.

Pecinovsky, C., Harris, B.S., Czech, D.R., Burdette, T., & Biber, D. D. (2015). NCAA Division I head coaches’ experiences with eating disorders and disordered eating in female athletes: A qualitative analysis. Georgia Association for Health, Physical Edu

Egli, T., Czech, D. R., Shaver, G., Gentner, N., Todd., G., & Biber, D. D. (2014). The experience of Christian prayer in coaching: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33(1), 45.

Jordens, N., Gentner, N., Czech, D. R., Joyner, A. B., & Biber, D. D. (2014). Breaking through “the wall”: An examination of elite rowers and their experiences of conquering their mental boundaries. Journal of Sports Science, 2(2), 72-80.

Biber, D. D., Czech, D. R., Harris, B. S., & Melton, B. (2013). Attraction to physical activity of generation Z: A mixed methodological approach. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3, 310-319.

Frimmel, K., Czech, D. R., Harris, B. S., Melton, B., & Biber, D. D. (2017). Mental preparation techniques and accomplishment of race goals by ironman triathletes: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Sports Science, 5, 157-166.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Healthy Behavior Change Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention/Awareness Stress Management Psychological Skills Training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy Spiritual Health Promotion