Todd Gilson is an associate professor and the director of the undergraduate kinesiology and graduate programs at Northern Illinois University. In addition, Todd instructs the core courses for NIU’s M.S. sport and exercise psychology program. Todd’s research focuses on salient psychological variables necessary for individuals to cultivate for increased performance. To this end, he has conducted research with numerous NCAA Division I universities and the U.S. Army ROTC program resulting in journal publications in such outlets as: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Military Psychology, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Furthermore, he has authored book chapters on self-efficacy and using questionnaires in sport and performance settings.
At NIU, Todd provides sport psychology services to incoming freshman as part of their transition into the role of a collegiate student-athlete and works with individual athletes as requested.
Todd earned his B.A. degree from Ohio Northern University in sport management, a M.S. from Oregon State University in the area of human performance, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a focus in sport and exercise psychology.
In his free time, Todd enjoys playing make-believe with his two young daughters, Olympic Weightlifting, and watching deciding moments in almost any sporting event.