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Current Position

Sport Psychology Professor

Link to some of Dr. Burke's past research


Ph.D. --- Florida State University --- Sport Psychology

Ed.S. --- Georgia Southern University --- Counseling

M.A. --- East Carolina University --- Social/Organizational Psychology --- Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology member

B.A. --- Belmont Abbey College --- 1) Psychology 2) Recreational Studies (double major) Minor in Sociology --- Pi Gamma Mu, The National Social Science Honor Society member


Kevin L. Burke Enterprises, LLC (

  • Offers performance related consulting
  • Performs consultations with businesses and employees
  • Conducts workshops and lectures to enhance motivation, conflict resolution, and performance

Sports and Athletic Consulting

  • Has assisted professional, college, high school, and recreational athletes from various sports


Research Interests

  • College Coaching Contracts
  • Personal control
  • Humor 
  • Optimism & pessimism
  • Momentum
  • Superstitions & rituals



Dr. Burke is a recipient of the prestigious, "Order of the Long Leaf Pine." Bestowed by the Governor of North Carolina, this honor is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and communities that is above and beyond the call of duty, and has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

In 2011, Dr. Burke was granted an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Association for Applied Sport Psychology for his work in helping to establish the Association.

Dr. Burke served as the Editor for the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics from 2007-2009. 

Dr. Burke was selected to attend and completed the Tennessee Regents Academic Leadership Training Institute.  

Dr. Burke served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and is a past member of the Performance Enhancment/Intervention committee in Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Dr. Burke has been nominated for a university award for scholarship/research.

In three separate academic years, Dr. Burke was nominated for a university award for teaching.

Dr. Burke received the college award for teaching. 

Dr. Burke received the college award for scholarship/research.

He has presented and published through local, state, regional, national, and international channels.

Also, Dr. Burke was nominated for the prestigious "Dorothy V. Harris Young Scholar/Practitioner" award, selected for leadership training, and won an award for teaching while in graduate school.