James Madison University

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Sarah Carson Sackett, Ph.D.

  • Office: Godwin 326
  • Phone: 540-568-6514
  • Email: carsonsa@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    261 Bluestone Drive MSC 2302
    Department of Kinesiology
    Harrisonburg, VA  22807


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University (Kinesiology - Sport and Exercise Psychology & Human Growth/Motor Development concentrations)
  • M.S. UNC – Greensboro (Exercise & Sport Science, Sport and Exercise Psychology concentration)
  • B.A. Hartwick College (Psychology)

Undergraduate Teaching Area:

  • Exercise Science
    • KIN 203, KIN426
  • Coaching Education
    • KIN 211

Research Interest:

  • Positive Youth Development  in Sport
  • Coaching Strategies for Life Skills Development in Sport
  • Fitness, Motor Skill Proficiency, and Perceived Competence


  • Running, Working Out, Cycling, Hiking
  • Following My New England and Sparty Teams (and becoming a fast JMU Sports fan)
  • Playing with Gabby, Peter, and Isabelle (my dog and 2 cats)…and Luke, my husband
  • Pinterest!


  • Summer Hours 
    May 6 - August 16 
    Mon-Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

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Welcome from Kinesiology

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Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology! Kinesiology involves the study of human movement and our faculty and students do so from a physiological, biomechanical, and psychosocial perspective. More >