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Gabriele Wulf, Ph.D.



Professor Gabriele Wulf joined the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences during fall 2001. She teaches courses in motor learning and control within the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Wulf’s research focuses on factors that influence motor skill learning including the performer’s focus of attention and motivational variables such learner autonomy and performance expectancies. During 2016, her work led to the publication of the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. 

Wulf earned doctoral degrees from German Sport University, Cologne and Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. She served as the founding editor of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2010-2012) and the Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2012-2015). Wulf was president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity from 2013-2016.