Michael Rhoads

Degree: Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychological Sciences

Michael Rhoads


Health and Wellness Psychology Psychology/Mental Health Sports Psychology


  • Yoga interventions for mental health
  • Classroom engagement, movement, and learning
  • Will power and sport performance
  • Visual feedback and motor learning
  • Warm-up music and motivation in sport


Michael Rhoads, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Rhoads joined MSU Denver in 2014 and has been instrumental in developing the curriculum for numerous new psychology classes at the university. He has diverse teaching interests in the field of psychology and currently teaches Introductory Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods, Human Development and Social Psychology. In addition, he is one of the faculty members that oversees the Laboratory for Research Methods in Psychological Science at the university and works with the Undergraduate Research Assistant course to give students opportunities to assist with current research projects and presentations at psychology conferences.

His research focuses on educational and sport psychology where he examines effective coaching practices. Rhoads is also passionate about studying teaching and learning principles, and he recently completed a study which examined the benefits of movement-integrated learning. He is currently conducting a meta-analysis on the mental health benefits of yoga therapy. In 2017, Rhoads earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology.

Rhoads received his Ph.D. in philosophy and educational psychology as well as his master’s in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He received his bachelor’s in psychology from Newman University, Kansas.


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