Lab Assistants

Liam McMahon – Graduate Research Assistant 

Psychology major.

Cody Williams – Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Cody Williams is a senior Kinesiology major, with minors in Business Administration and Sports Marketing. He has been working in the Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology lab since January 2013 and plans to graduate in December 2014. Cody is an avid golfer and runner, with most of his research interests lying in studying the effects of visualization in golfers’ pre-shot routines, the use of an external versus internal focus while running, and how athletes perform under pressure. He plans on pursuing both a masters and doctoral degree in sports psychology, and ultimately wants to work as a consultant to professional and collegiate athletes or as a collegiate golf coach. Cody will be presenting at the Association for Applied Sports Psychology annual conference in October 2014.

Although he grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Cody is originally from Conyers, Georgia. When not on the golf course or running, he can be found sitting behind a guitar or drum kit, or watching his beloved Atlanta Braves, Manchester City Football Club, and Los Angeles Kings.


Justina Apodaca – Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Justina Apodaca is a senior majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. Born and raised in Las Cruces, NM, she found a love for sports; through this love, she found herself passionate about studying the psychological aspect of sports. This includes the use of mental imagery, goal setting, and general mental skills training in athletes and their performances.  She plans to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), obtain a master’s degree in Sport Psychology, and eventually achieve a doctorate degree in sport and performance psychology. Outside of education, Justina enjoys exercising, including playing basketball, reading books, hiking, and going for walks early in the mornings with her dog.

Ethan Prairie – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ethan is a pre-medical senior obtaining his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in Chemistry. Ethan has always had a love for sports and exercise growing up, but only recently found his passion for medicine. Ethan’s interest in sports engages him in sports psychology concepts such as imagery and group cohesion; while his medical interest engage him in physical aspects such as motor units and reflexes. Outside of school, Ethan works at a local hospital and volunteers. Ethan enjoys all sports whether it’s working on his golf game, or going to go play basketball with his friends.


Ray Delgado – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ray Delgado is a senior seeking a degree in Individualized Studies with a minor in Exercise Science. Ray was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where sports and physical activities fueled his dream of becoming a physical therapist. After playing three years of college baseball, he has decided to shift his time and efforts into studying athletes and their behaviors in sports contexts. Ray’s time as a student athlete has influenced his interest in areas of research, specifically in the use of psychological skills training as well as the prevention and rehabilitation of sport injuries. He plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy in hopes of one day opening a clinic to provide rehabilitative services to the El Paso/Las Cruces area. Ray enjoys volunteering at his local church and miracle league, and loves to play the guitar.