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Michael Sachs

Michael Sachs, Ph.D. Temple University Department of Kinesiology



269 Pearson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • PhD, Motor Learning (specialization in Sport Psychology), Florida State University
  • MS, Counseling Psychology, Loyola College
  • MA, General-Experimental Psychology, Union College
  • BS, Psychology, Union College


Michael Sachs is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his PhD in sport psychology from Florida State University. Michael is co-editor of Applied Exercise Psychology: The Challenging Journey from Motivation to Adherence,  associate editor of Psychology of Running and coeditor of Running as Therapy: An Integrated Approach, and co-wrote The Total Sports Experience for Kids: A Parents' Guide to Success in Youth Sports. He is also a co-editor of the Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology, to be released in 2018 in its 12th edition. He has written or co-authored numerous book chapters, academic articles on various topics within exercise and sport psychology, and articles on the psychology of running in popular publications. His research interests focus upon exercise psychology, particularly motivation and adherence, excusercise, exercise addiction, and the psychology of running. Michael is a Past-President of both the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology, of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is a Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Michael enjoys exercising, particularly running and swimming, and has run two marathons: the Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon (Huntsville, AL) and the New York City Marathon.

Research Interests

  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Psychology