Monna Arvinen-Barrow, PhD, CPsychol AFBPsS, UPV Sert.

Contributing Faculty, MHS Program


Distance Programs


College of Health Sciences


Mental Health
Sports Medicine


Doctor on Philosophy in Sport Psychology, The University of Northampton
Postgraduate Diploma in Research Degree Supervision (PGCRDS), The University of Northampton
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE), The University of Northampton
Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology. University College Northampton

Research Interests

Applied sport psychology
Psychology of injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return to activity
Integrated human performance
Professional issues in sport psychology consultancy

Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow joined the University of Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Originally from Finland, she earned her educational qualifications in the United Kingdom, where she also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Northampton and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She has also taught the psychology of sport injury courses as Visiting Academic Scholar at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and the University of Leipzig, Germany. She currently teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology, psychology of injury, and research methods to undergraduate and graduate students in Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, and Sport Psychology.

Dr. Arvinen-Barrow is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is also a Finnish Psychological Association-certified Sport and Exercise Psychology Professional and an elected expert member of the Finnish Sport Psychology Association. She is also a professional member of the American Psychological Association and its division 47. Dr. Arvinen-Barrow is also active with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and received the 2016 Dorothy V. Harris Award from AASP.

Dr. Arvinen-Barrow has a specialist interest and expertise in psychosocial aspects of sports injury occurrence, rehabilitation, recovery, and return to sport process. She has co-edited a book entitled “Psychology of sports injury and Rehabilitation”, published 11 book chapters, 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and several other publications, most of which are related to the psychology of sports injuries. She has also been part of over 70 conference presentations, and several symposia presentations and delivered several invited lectures and keynote addresses, both in English and Finnish. She also has sport psychology consulting experience working with club, collegiate, and international level athletes in Baseball, Basketball, Figure Skating, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball. Her sporting background comes from figure and synchronized skating where she has also worked as a full-time professional coach in Finland for several years.