Les Podlog, PhD

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Les Podlog, PhD portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Education
  • Associate Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation



  • Ph.D., School of Human Movement and Exercise Science, University of Western Australia
  • M.A., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
  • B.A., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University


I am originally from Calgary, Canada and attended Simon Fraser University where I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in Sociology. While at Simon Fraser, I was a member of the Varsity wrestling team where I unfortunately experienced numerous injuries. Such experiences led to my academic interest in the psychology of sport injury, a topic I pursued as a focus for my  doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Following completion of my Ph.D. in 2006, I accepted a tenure track position at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia. From 2008-2011 I was employed as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University before arriving at the University of Utah. Currently, I teach Sport and Exercise Psychology and continue to research the psychology of injury and return to sport/daily activity.

In the Media

  • http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/12/06/3473757_athletes-find-emotional-scars.html?rh=1. 12/06/2014.
  • Globe and Mail Interview (Canada’s National Newspaper) - July 7, 2012 - http://m.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/for-canadas-olympians-injury-and-pain-are-part-of-the-game/article4398930/?service=mobile. 07/07/2012.
  • Article written on motivation and exercise study conducted with Australian colleagues. http://www.peerreviewedbymyneurons.com/2012/05/20/the-allure-of-variety/. 05/20/2012.


  • English, fluent.