NATALIE DURAND-BUSH, ph.d. (director)


Primary AreAS OF research:

Self-regulation, Optimal Performance and Well-Being, Feel, Counselling/Consultation, Assessment of Mental Skills

Other areas of interest:

Stress, Burnout, Athlete - Coach - Parent Relationship, Development of Expertise

Personal Motto:

“The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others” (Solomon Ibn Gabriol)

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” (Carl Rogers)


Ph.D. Education, University of Ottawa Ottawa  

M.A. Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa  

B.A.  Kinanthropology, University of Ottawa


Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush is an associate professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her areas of interest and specialization include the psychology of sport and well-being, counselling, as well as the development and maintenance of expert performance. Professor Durand-Bush is the co-author of the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT-3*©), an instrument developed to help athletes and coaches evaluate a variety of mental skills perceived to be important for consistent high quality performance.

Since 2000, Dr. Durand-Bush has built a strong research team and program. She has graduated 11 Master’s students (Doell, Soulard, Thompson, Faubert, Arcand, Lussier-Ley, Wolfe, Callary, Simon, Collins, Gagnon), and 1 Ph.D. student (Burke). Professor Durand-Bush has also supervised 9 undergraduate students (Thompson, Callary, Short, Baldry, Leroux, Simonovich, Hoffman, Guérin, Hopkins) completing their 4th year honour’s thesis. She is currently supervising 4 Ph.D. students (Simon, Dubuc, Collins, McNeill) and 1 undergraduate honour’s thesis student (Tessier). 

Dr. Durand-Bush has presented over 100 research papers at national and international conferences. She has also published 23 peer-reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, as well as her own lifeskills workbook. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Durand-Bush received the Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology in 1998.

Aside from teaching and conducting research, Dr. Durand-Bush has been working for the past 16 years as a performance enhancement consultant with hundreds of athletes competing at different levels in various sports, including athletes from six Canadian national teams, a men's major junior hockey team, two University varsity teams, and professional athletes from the Peak Centre for Human Performance. At a physiotherapy and sport medicine clinic, she works with individuals striving to increase their level of physical activity and well-being and to cope with injuries.

Dr. Durand-Bush was the Chair for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology between 2005-2009. She is currently a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Review Committee for the Research Development Program, Research Grants and Ethics Services at the University of Ottawa. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Journal. Finally, she is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.


Please see the respective sections of the website for details regarding Dr. Durand-Bush’s various research projects, list of publications, and external and internal funding.