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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh


  • B.S.: Professional Physical Education with emphasis in Athletic Training, West Virginia University
  • M.A.T.: Physical Education, Exercise, Science and Sport Studies, emphasis on Sports Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Ed.D.: Physical Education, Sport Psychology with a minor in Counseling, West Virginia University


Dr. Joni Roh is a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at California University of Pennsylvania. Roh joined California University in 1991 to teach and advise students enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate accredited athletic training programs. In 2006, Roh began teaching graduate courses in the exercise science and health promotions online programs and continues to advise graduate students in the Sport Psychology concentration.

Prior to coming to California, Dr. Roh was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Roh's undergraduate degree was earned at West Virginia University in physical education with a minor in athletic training. She obtained her Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in Physical Education, Exercise, and Sports Science, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her doctorate in sport psychology with a minor in counseling at West Virginia University in 2001.

Dr. Roh's research interests include psychology and sport injury and its effects on rehabilitation. Specifically, her dissertation evaluated "Patient Satisfaction Among Injured High School and College Athletes and Its Influence Among Rehabilitation Adherence and Rehabilitation Compliance." Dr. Roh has presented research relative to sport injury at nationally recognized symposiums (APA, AAASP, NATA) and has published articles in national peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Roh currently is a guest reviewer for The PASSHE FPDC Annual Grants Program, the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, the Journal of Athletic Training, Sport Health, and the Strength and Conditioning Journal. 

Dr. Roh has been involved in the profession of Athletic Training since 1986. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA), the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS), West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA), Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP), and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 47. In 1995, she assisted the President of the EATA with the selection of speakers and topics for the annual meeting. In 2004, Dr. Roh was appointed to the NATA Post Professional Educator’s Committee where she currently remains active.  Also in 2013, Dr. Roh was appointed to the Ad hoc CAATE PPE Annual Review Committee.  In 2012, Dr. Roh was elected as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Executive Board, and in 2014 she was elected as Vice – Chair, then took the Chair (President) position of the KON Executive Board position in January 2015.

Dr. Roh is actively involved in the University and her community, serving on the following committees: Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, Departmental Evaluation and Promotion Committee, and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Chancery Hill Historic District.

Additionally, in 2005 Dr. Roh received acceptance of application and became the adviser of the Nu Omicron Chapter of the Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society, which is a certified member of the Association of College of Honor Societies (ACHS). Since her tenure the chapter has received two Chapter Award of Excellence from KON (2009, 2012), two students have been on the Member Spotlight for KON (Drew Slocum, Nikki Gaton), the chapter was a Featured Chapter in March 2013 on the KON website, 16 students have published their work to the Undergraduate Research Journal for Human Sciences (URJHS), 1 student undergraduate presentation at the 2012 Conclave in East Lansing, MI and received a research award, took students to local schools to present health and wellness to elementary and middle school-aged children in four consecutive years, and was awarded Outstanding Adviser in 2014 at the Conclave in Orlando, FL.  During her tenure she has been the graduate thesis chair for 29 students, served on the graduate thesis committee for 38 students, been the literature review chair for more than 29 online students, and has been the annotated bibliography chair for more than 150 online students.

Dr. Roh resides in Morgantown, W.Va., with her husband, Michael, her son, Adam, and daughter, Lucy. She enjoys traveling (traveled to Canada, UK, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Kenya and Uganda).  She also enjoys the outdoors that involves backpacking and camping.  On a domestic note she loves to cook, make homemade breads and pies, and sewing/tatting when time allows.

Online Courses

      • Research in Sport Psychology (PRF 830)
      • Research in Rehabilitation (PRF 820)
      • Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention (PRF 783)
      • Management and Leadership in Sport (SPT 770)
      • Leadership and Professional Development (PRF 760)
      • Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation (PRF 753)
      • Special Topics in Sport Psychology (PRF 713)
      • Sport Psychology (SPT 300)

    Professional Presentations

    • Roh, J., Mauer, T., & Harman, J. (November, 2014). Athletic training as a career.  Presented at Mountaineer Middle School, Morgantown, WV.
    • Roh, J., Slocum, A., & Nunez, A. (March, 2014). Rock your tastebuds (blueberries).  Presented at Mountaineer Middle School, Morgantown, WV.


    Maurer, T. & Roh, J. (2015). Depression and associated negative stressors: The collegiate athlete and non-athlete. Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, 14.

    Graduate Online Literature Review Chair

    • Abbot, K. (May, 2014).  Examining concussive outcomes and a positive correlation between depression and concussion in athletics.

      Aye, D.B. (May, 2014).  Psychological and physical effects of marijuana dependency on athletes.

      Ballas, L. (May, 2014).  Assessing the psychological conditions and addictions that increase risk factors for patient rhabdomyolysis.

      Battaglini, L.A. (May, 2014). Effects of youth involvement in sport on self-concept, self-esteem, and prosocial behavior.

      Baltz, J. (December 2014). The use of psychological skills during rehabilitation of injury.

      Bolton, L.A. (May, 2014).  The effect of psychology on sport’s injury and rehabilitation.

      Boltz, D. (December 2014). Using mindfulness training as a sport psychology technique to increase athlete flow state and improve athletic performance.

      Booth, A. (May, 2014). The effects of various types of physical activity on academic performance

      Bottorf, K. (December 2014).  The use of imagery for return to lay following injury.

      Buchheit, B. (May, 2014). Examining the literature on long-term psychological effects of multiple concussions.

      Carlin, M. (May, 2014). Effect of mindful-meditation on recovery from substance abuse disorder.

      Carver, C. (May, 2014). Effects of exercise on psychological distress in war veterans.

      Clark, K. (December 2014).  Season-ending injury affects on mood among college athletes.

      Colloti, J. (May, 2014). How does mental readiness have an effect on weight loss and maintaining weight loss?

      Coppola, A. (December 2014).  Psychological issues following injuries of college athletes.

      Daniells, P.T. (May, 2014). Role of linguistic inquiry and word count on athletic performance.

      Davenport, N. (December 2014). Attentional processes and choking under pressure.

      Estep, S.L. (May, 2014). The effects belief, imagery, and self-talk have on running performance.

      Everett, R. (December 2014).  Psychological effects of Yoga.

      Falge, J. (May, 2014). Using psychosocial interventions strategies to help with rehabilitation of injured athletes.

      Fine, C. (December, 2014).  Identifying individual performance impact through the coach-athlete relationship perception and leadership actions.

      Glass, J. (May, 2014). Psychological consequences of concussions in collegiate athletes.

      Goff, C. (May, 2014). Sport contributions to the development of aggression.

      Hill, E. (May, 2014). Mental training usage by professional classical ballet dancers: A review.

      Ippoito, A. (December 2014).  The effects of mental toughness on athletes on and off the field.

      McFarland, K.A. (May, 2014). Examining the physical and psychological benefits physical therapy has on patients with multiple sclerosis.

      Merkt, J. (December 2014). The effects of psychological training.

      Mickey, Z.E. (May, 2014). Assessing the long-term depressive effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletics.

      Mickle, D. P. (May, 2104). Effects of adult behavior on youth sport participant.

      Muhlenhaupt, E. (December 2014).  Identifying and implementing mental strategies and coping mechanisms for “hitting the wall” in marathon runners.

      Neilsen, D.L. (May, 2014).  Effectiveness of mind-body techniques to reduce symptoms of post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in military personnel.

      Nestor, C. (December 2014). The use of social support following sport injury and its impact on return to sport.

      Neumann, A.W. (May, 2014). Implications of motivation on weight loss and long-term weight loss.

      Loan, R. (December 2014). Fear of returning to athletics following an injury.

      Okada, M.I. (May, 2014). Psychological effects on athletic performance

      Poffenbarger, H. (December 2014).  Mental health disorders in the collegiate athlete.

      Reyes, H.D. (May, 2014). Alcohol and marijuana use among high school athletes: An in-depth look at stress related coping strategies.

      Rotto, M. (December 2014).  Effects of pre-competition music on athletic performance among team sports.

      Sabo, K.M. (May, 2014). How to motivate today’s athletes?

      Sanders, T. (December 2014). Environmental influences on mental health.

      Shambura, J. (May, 2104). Breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and guided imagery: Are psychological interventions viable forms of treatment for depression?

      Short, S. (May, 2014). Effects of imagery on flow state in athletes: A review of the literature.

      Tabron, L.N. (May, 2014). Psychological factors and their effects on rehabilitation process of sport injury.

      Toth, E. (December 2014).  The power of the mind in performance sport: How psychological strength affects physical strength.

      Touchberry, L. (December 2104).  How does psychology impact the success of elite artistic gymnasts?

      Tsikata, F. (May, 2014). Psychological effects of post-concussion syndrome.

      Wanie, T. (December 2014). Effects of distress on adherence to a weight loss program.

      Wixson, D. (May, 2014). The mind’s influence on golf performance: A review of the literature.

    Hands-On Learning

    Dr. Roh is adviser for the Human Sciences Honor Society (Kappa Omicron Nu – KON) and works regularly with the students in the honor society with professional presentations, submission of undergraduate research and community service.

    Academic Department(s)

    • Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies

    Academic Program(s)

    • M.S. Exercise Science and Health Promotion
    • Doctor of Health Science

    Contact Information




"The best part about my job is when my students realize they have learned the material and understand it (the “awe” moment).  I see some of the most amazing transformations in the research class I teach.  So many students start with the notion that they either 1) don’t know anything about research and scared to try, or 2) they have already had research and think they know enough.  Then, they go through the process and write a literature review they have realized how much they have appreciated the research process and what proper research can reveal."

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