Jessica L. Fraser-Thomas

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

350 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 20952

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


Ph.D. - 2006
Queen's University

M.A. - 2002
University of Ottawa

B.A. - 2000
Dalhousie University

B.P.E. - 1998
Dalhousie University

B.Ed. - 1998
Dalhousie University



      Fraser-Thomas, J., Jeffery-Tosoni, S., & Baker, J. (In Press). “I Like That You Can Hit a Guy and Not Really Get in Trouble”: Young Ice Hockey Players’ Experiences with Body Checking. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Selected Publications

Fraser-Thomas, J., Strachan, L., & Jeffery-Tosoni, S. (2013). Family influence on children's involvement in sport. In J. Côté & R. Lidor (Eds.),Conditions of Children’s Talent Development in Sport (pp. 179-196).Morgantown: Fitness Information Technology.  

Abgarov, A., Fraser-Thomas, J., Baker, J., & Jeffery-Tosoni, S. (2012). Understanding Social Support throughout the Injury Process among Interuniversity Swimmers. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 5(2), 213-239.

Dionigi, R., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Logan, J. (2012). The nature of family influences on sport participation in master athletes. Annals of Leisure Research15, 366-388.

Spassiani, N., Jeffery-Tosoni, S., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Kuk, J. (2012). Understanding youths’ experiences in a holistic weight management program. Journal of Youth Development, 7(2), 15-26.

Côté, J., & Fraser-Thomas, J.  (2011). Youth involvement and positive development in sport. In P.R.E. Crocker (Ed.).  Sport psychology:  A Canadian perspective, (2nd edition) (pp.226-255). Toronto:  Pearson Prentice Hall.  

Fraser-Thomas, J., Côté, J., & MacDonald, D. J. (2010).Community size in youth sport settings: Examining developmental assets and sport withdrawal. PHENex Journal, 2(2), retrieved July 15, 2010 from

Côté, J., Bruner, M. Strachan, L., Erickson, K., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2010). Athletes’ development and coaching. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Eds.), Sport coaching: Professionalism and practice (pp.63-83). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Baker, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., Dionigi, R. A., & Horton, S. (2010). Sport participation and positive development in older persons, European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 7, 3-12.

Baker, J., Cobley, S., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2009). What do we know about early sport specialization? Not much! High Ability Studies, 20(1), 77-89.

Fraser-Thomas, J. & Côté, J. (2009). Understanding adolescents’ positive and negative developmental experiences in sport. The Sport Psychologist, 23, 3-23.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2008). Examining adolescent sport dropout and prolonged engagement from a developmental perspective. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 20, 318-333.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2008).Understanding dropout and prolonged engagement in adolescent competitive sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9, 645-66.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2005). Youth sport programs: An avenue to foster positive youth development.Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 10, 19-40.  




Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)

LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, York University

Service/Community Activities

YMCA Northumberland - Strong Kids Duathlon
Race Director


Alumni Association Medal, School of Health and Human Perform - 1998

John C. Pooley Sportsperson Award - 1998

Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award - 2007

Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award - 2012


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Trickle down effect? Exploring the influence of the Olympic  Games on preschooler development and sport participation. SSRHC Standard Research Grant - Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI). Primary Investigator: J. Fraser-Thomas; Co-Investigator: P. Safai; Collaborator: P. Donnelly.

An uneven playing field: Understanding relative age effects in sport. SSHRC Standard Research Grant. Primary Investigator: J. Baker, J; Co-Investigators: S. Horton, P. Weir, J. Fraser-Thomas, S.Cobley, & J. Schorer

Assessing youth sport programs’ facilitation of positive youth development. SSRHC Standard Research Grant. Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI). Primary Investigator: J. Fraser-Thomas; Co-Investigators: J. Côté, N. Holt.

Enhancing psycho-social development in youth living with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Faculty of Health Junior Faculty Award, York University.

The ultimate challenge: Exploring an ultra-endurance athlete’s psychological journey. Faculty of Health Minor Research Grant and LaMarsh Research Development Fund, York University. 

Understanding the experiences of a child star athlete from a developmental perspective: A longitudinal case study. Faculty of Health Junior Faculty Award, York University.                                             

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Jessica L. Fraser-Thomas