About Dr. Thomas Graham
Dr. Tom Graham received his B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Manitoba, his M.S. (Sport and Recreation Management) from the University of Idaho and his Ph.D (Health and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Saskatchewan. The Ph.D thesis (a four-study project entitled “The contribution of goal characteristics and causal attributions to emotion in youth sport participants”) received the Dissertation Award from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) in 1999.
Tom has been consistently involved in private consulting over the years. Clients have included the Workers’ Compensation Board of Saskatchewan (WCB) and the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan (SMSCS). WCB-related responsibilities included behavioral (exercise adherence and goal setting/monitoring) work with secondary and tertiary level physical rehabilitation programs. SMSCS responsibilities included delivery of mental training services to provincial sport organizations that fall primarily under the Saskatchewan Sport umbrella. Tom continues to consult with athletes and coaches on mental skills training for sport and physical activity.
Tom was the Health Research Facilitator in the Office of the University Coordinator of Health Research at the University of Saskatchewan from 2003-2007. He was the Director of Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan from 2007-2010 and the Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry from 2010-2016. He is presently the Research Facilitator in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at the UofS. Duties include the formation of collaborative research teams, preparation of fundingt and ethics applications, post-award project management, editing of scholarly documents, and administration around the EM annual research day.
Athletically, Tom was a member of the 1976 Canadian Olympic volleyball team. He was a member of two Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national champions while playing volleyball at the University of Manitoba from 1977-80 and a former athlete of the year at that institution. As a coach at the University of Saskatchewan, Tom was chosen CIS and Canadian Volleyball Association (CVA) Coach of the Year in 1987. Coaching successes included gold medals at both the Canada Winter Games (1987) and CIS national championship (1988). His teams won 3 Canada West Universities Athletic Association championships during his 7 years of university coaching. Tom served as an assistant coach with the 2015-16 University of Saskatchewan Huskies. This team placed 2nd in the CWUAA and 4th at the CIS National Championship). He is a Level 3 coach with the National Coaching Certification Program.
Tom grew up in Comox, B.C. and is of Haida descent. One quarter of his heritage originates from Old Masset Village Council, Haida Gwaii. For fun, Tom coaches age-class club volleyball (Huskie Volleyball Club 16 and 17U most recently) and runs along the riverbank as often as he can.