Natalie Durand-Bush

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Natalie Durand-Bush
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Éducation, Ottawa
M.A., Human Kinetics, Ottawa

MNT 369

Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 4281
Fax: (613) 562-5149

Work E-mail: ndbush@uottawa.ca

Natalie Durand-Bush

Biography

  • Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush is an Associate Professor of sport psychology in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her research aims to understand the self-regulatory processes and skills underlying the development of optimal performance and well-being in different contexts including sport, medicine, the performing arts, and academia. Professor Durand-Bush also investigates mental training interventions designed to help individuals not only achieve performance excellence but also manage stress and reduce burnout. Dr. Durand-Bush is the co-author of the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT-3*©), an instrument developed to evaluate several mental skills necessary for consistent high-quality performance. She has presented over 125 research and applied papers at national and international conferences. She has also published 24 peer-reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, as well as her own lifeskills workbook. Dr. Durand-Bush was the Chair for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology from 2005-2009. She received the Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology in 1998.

Aside from teaching and conducting research at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Durand-Bush has been working for the past 17 years as a mental performance consultant with hundreds of athletes aged between 8 and 60 years and competing at different levels in various sports (ex. hockey, gymnastics, figure skating, alpine and cross country skiing, taekwondo, badminton, water polo, basketball, volleyball, tennis, ringette, cycling, rowing, etc.). This includes athletes from five Canadian national teams, a men's major junior hockey team, two University varsity teams, and professional / amateur athletes from the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Ottawa, Ontario and Physio Outaouais in Gatineau, Québec. Dr. Durand-Bush’s professional experience and competencies are considered an asset to her intervention-based research and teaching in sport psychology and counseling.


Research Interests

  • Optimal Performance and Well-Being
  • Self-Regulation Skills and Processes
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Assessment of Mental Skills

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Publications

Book chapters

  • Durand-Bush, N. (2007). The role of social support in the development of expert sport performance: Perceptions of coaches and parents. In D. Hackfort (Ed.), Striving for excellence: First Aspire sport science conference (pp. 53-63). Morgantown, WV: Fit Information Technology.
  • Durand-Bush, N., Thompson, K. A., & Salmela, J. H. (2006). Expert coaches and the coaching process. In D. Hackfort & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Perspectives on sport and exercise psychology: Essential processes for attaining peak performance (Vol. 1) (pp. 72-91). Oxford: Myer & Myer Sport (UK) Ltd.
  • Leffingwell, T. R., & Durand-Bush, N. (2005). Psychological assessment. In J. Taylor & G. Wilson (Eds.), Applying sport psychology: Four perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Durand-Bush, N., & Salmela, J. H. (2001). The development of talent in sport. In R. N. Singer, H. A. Hausenblas, & C. Janelle (Eds.), Handbook of Sport Psychology (2nd ed., pp. 269-289). New York: John Wiley.

Articles published or accepted for publication in scholarly refereed journals

  • Durand-Bush, N., Collins, J., & McNeill, K. (2012). Women Coaches’ Experiences of Stress and Self-Regulation: A Multiple Case Study. International Journal of Coaching Science, 6(2), 22-43.
  • Collins, J., & Durand-Bush, N. (2010). Enhancing the cohesion and performance of an elite curling team through a self-regulation intervention. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 5(3), 343-362.
  • Burke, S. M., Durand-Bush, N., & Doell, K. (2010). Exploring feel and motivation with recreational and elite Mount Everest climbers: An ethnographic study. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 8, 373-393.
  • Guérin, E., Arcand, I., & Durand-Bush, N. (2010). A view from inside: An in-depth look at a female university student’s experience with a feel-based intervention to enhance self-confidence and self-talk. The Qualitative Report, 15(5), 1058-1079.
  • Simon, C. R., & Durand-Bush, N. (2009). Learning to self-regulate multi-dimensional felt experiences: The case of four female medical students. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 4(4),228-244.
  • Lussier-Ley, C., & Durand-Bush, N. (2009). Exploring the role of feel in the creative process of modern dancers: A realist tale. Research in Dance Education, 10(3), 199-217.
  • Salmela, J. H., Monfared, S. S., Mosayebi, F., & Durand-Bush, N. (2009). Mental skills profiles and expertise levels of elite Iranian athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 39,361-373.
  • Callary, B., & Durand-Bush, N. (2008). A group resonance intervention with a volleyball team: An exploration of the process between a consultant, coach, and athletesAthletic Insight, 10(3), Retrieved September 25, 2008
  • Arcand, I., Durand-Bush, N., & Miall, J. (2007). “You have to let go to hold on”: A rockclimber’s reflective process through resonance. Reflective Practice, 8(1), 17-29.
  • Lemyre, F., Trudel, P., & Durand-Bush, N. (2007). How youth-sport coaches learn to coach.The Sport Psychologist, 21, 191-209.
  • Callary, B., & Durand-Bush, N. (2007). A group resonance intervention with a volleyball team: An exploration of the process between a consultant, coach, and athletes that led to a OUA championship and a coach of the year award. Manuscript accepted for publication.
  • Gustafsson, H., Kenttä, G., Hassmén, P., Lundqvist, C., & Durand-Bush, N. (2007). The process of burnout: A multiple case study of three elite endurance athletes. Manuscript accepted for publication.
  • Salmela, J. H., Marques, M. P. Machado, R. F., & Durand-Bush, N. (2006). Perceptions of the Brazilian Football coaching staff in preparation for the World Cup. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37, 139-156.
  • Fallby, J., Hassmén, P., Kenttä, G., & Durand-Bush, N. (2006). Relationship between locus of control, sense of coherence and mental skills in elite Swedish athletes. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 4, 111-120.
  • Doell, K., Durand-Bush, N., & Newburg, D. (2006). The process of resonance of four track athletes: A resonance-based interventionAthletic Insight, 8 (2).
  • Fournier, J. F., Calmels, F., Durand-Bush, N.,& Salmela, J. H. (2005).Effects of a season-long PST program on gymnastic performance and on psychological skill development. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3 (1), 59-78.
  • Durand-Bush, N., Salmela, J. H., & Thompson, K. A. (2004). Le rôle joué par les parents dans le développement et le maintien de la performance athlétique experte. STAPS, 64, 15-38.
  • Newburg, D., Kimiecik, J., Durand-Bush, N., & Doell, K. (2002). The role of resonance in performance excellence and life engagement. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 14, 251-269.
  • Durand-Bush, N., & Salmela, J. H. (2002). The development and maintenance of expert athletic performance: Perceptions of World and Olympic champions. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 14, 154-171.
  • Durand-Bush, N., Salmela, J. H., & Green-Demers, I. (2001). The Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT-3*). The Sport Psychologist, 15, 1-19. 

Articles published in refereed conference proceedings

  • Lussier-Ley, C., & Durand-Bush, N. (2006, January). Exploring the creative process of dancers using a resonance-based approach: Themes and variations. Proceedings of the 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (pp. 3754-3755). Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Lussier-Ley, C., & Durand-Bush, N. (2006, January). Feeling creative: An ethnographic account of a resonance-based group intervention with modern dancers. Proceedings of the 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (pp. 3752-3753). Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Durand-Bush, N. (2005). The role of social support in the development of expert sport performance: Perceptions of coaches and parents. Proceedings of the 1st ASPIRE Sport Science Conference. Doha, Qatar.
  • Durand-Bush, N., Doell, K., Newburg, D., Faubert, C., Burke, S., Arcand, I., Soulard, A.D., Kilrea, K., Lussier-Ley, C., & Wolfe, B. (2005).  From ‘knowing about’ to ‘knowing’: Exploring resonance in applied practice. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Durand-Bush, N., Newburg, D., Faubert, C., Soulard, A.D., Arcand, I., & Burke, S. (2005). A synopsis of research on resonance demonstrating that how you feel matters. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Durand-Bush, N., Salmela, J. H., & Thompson, K. A. (2005). The role of parents in the development and maintenance of expertise in sport. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Faubert, C., Durand-Bush, N., & Newburg, D. (2005). Know first, teach second: How applying resonance in my own life helps me to be a more effective researcher. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Arcand, I., & Durand-Bush, N. (2005). Integrating resonance into rock climbing to create optimal experiences. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Burke, S., & Durand-Bush, N. (2005). Exploring motivation in high altitude climbing through the process of resonance. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Galipeau, J., & Durand-Bush, N. (2005). The development of the ‘Training Centre for Intervention and Consultation in Sport, Physical Activity and Health’. In T. Morris, P. Terry, S. Gordon, S. Hanrahan, L. Ievleva, G. Kolt, & P. Tremayne (Eds.), Proceedings on CDROM of the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Sydney, Australia: International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Durand-Bush, N., Trudel P., & Short, K. (2004). Le rôle de la résonance dans l'atteinte d'une performance optimale et du bien être. In A. Baria & E. H. Nabli (Eds.), Actes du 1er Congrès international de psychologie du sport en Afrique (pp. 28-32). Marrakech, Maroc: Association Marocaine de psychologie du sport.
  • Durand-Bush, N., & Salmela, J. H. (2001). Becoming a World or Olympic champion: A process rather than an end result. In A. Papaioannou, M. Goudas, & Y. Theodorakis (Eds.),Proceedings of the Xth World Congress of Sport Psychology (pp. 300-302). Skiathos, Greece: Christodoulidi Publications.

Articles published in professional journals


Research Projects and funding

Internal Research Grants - University of Ottawa

During the past seven years, I have received over $40,000 from the University of Ottawa Research Services and Faculty of Health Sciences to conduct various research projects. These funds have mainly served to financially support students involved in conducting pilot studies in preparation for more substantial external grant proposals. The results of these investigations have been presented at scholarly conferences and have been integrated in articles published in refereed scientific journals.

External Research Grants – SSHRC

  • Standard Research Grant in the amount of $99,474, 2006-2009 (Trudel, P., Durand Bush, N., Werthner, P., Gilbert, W., & Cloes, M). Analyse de la pratique sportive en milieu scolaire au niveau secondaire.

The purpose of this 3-year project, in which I was a co-applicant, was to examine the practice of sport at the high school level. [Le but de cette recherche fut de tracer un profil général du sport scolaire au niveau secondaire. Pour y parvenir, nous avons recueilli de l'information sur tous les acteurs au sport scolaire c'est-à-dire: les directeurs/trices des écoles, les entraîneur(e)s, les élèves athlètes et les parents. Par des entrevues nous avons établi (a) qui sont ces acteurs (expérience antérieure en sport comme athlète ou entraîneur), (b) quelles sont leurs attentes, (c) en quoi consiste leur travail / entraînement / support, et (d) quel est leur degré de satisfaction]. This research has led to several refereed publications and conference presentations, including: Lemyre, F., Trudel, P., & Durand-Bush, N. (2007). How youth-sport coaches learn to coach. The Sport Psychologist, 21, 191-209.

  • Standard Research Grant in the amount of $107,500, 2003-2006 (Durand Bush, N., & Trudel, P). The role of resonance in sport.

As principal investigator, this SSHRC grant allowed me to establish a program of research on the role of resonance as a self-regulatory process in sport. The overall purpose of this project was to investigate how athletes feel when engaged in their sport and how their self-regulation influences different behavioural and psychosocial outcomes. The results of this research emerged in part from five students’ Master’s theses, and one undergraduate student’s Honour’s thesis, which led to 6 refereed publications on which they were first author, 2 articles in refereed conference proceedings, 2 articles published in professional journals, and 34 conference presentations.

  • Standard Research Grant in the amount of $115,000, 2002-2005 (Trudel, P., Harvey, J., Durand Bush, N., Werthner, P., & Gilbert, W.). Apprendre à devenir entraîneur bénévole dans sa communauté de pratique.

This research project, in which I was a co-applicant, aimed to investigate the learning process of amateur volunteer coaches using Wenger’s (1998) theory of social learning. Specifically, the research involved examining how coaches form and engage in a community of practice, how they use their creativity to solve problems they encounter while coaching, and what initiatives must be put in place to maximize the development and certification of coaches. Results of this research project have been published in 3 book chapters and 8 scientific articles, and have led to 35 conference presentations.  In terms of student training related to this project, 2 students completed their Ph.D. thesis, 4 students completed their Master’s thesis, and 1 student completed an undergraduate honour’s thesis. These students are the first author of 10 publications and 29 conference presentations that emerged from this research project. 

External Research Grants - Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

In 2009, I received a grant from the CNFS in the amount of $10,834 to examine the self-regulation of francophone medical students and their supervising physicians. This research was the focus of a Master’s student’s thesis, which was completed in September 2011. We have presented the results of this study at a Canadian medical conference and two international conferences. We have prepared two manuscripts: (a) “Self-regulation: Can it predict well-being, stress, and burnout in physicians and medical students?” – will be submitted to the scientific journal Health Psychology; and (b) “Exploring the self-regulation of physicians and medical students in relation to their well-being and performance: A qualitative inquiry” – will be submitted to the peer-reviewed journal Social Science & Medicine.

External Research Grants – Canadian Coaching Association

I received another grant in 2009 from the Coaching Association of Canada in the amount of $6,956 to investigate the self-regulation of women coaches to shed light on self-regulatory skills and processes that could promote subjective well-being and prevent chronic stress and burnout within this population. The results have been presented at two national and one international conference, and published in the International Journal of Coaching Science [Durand-Bush, N., Collins, J., & McNeill, K.(2012). Women Coaches’ Experiences of Stress and Self-Regulation: A Multiple Case Study.International Journal of Coaching Science, 6(2), 22-43].

International Research Collaborations

I have collaborated on various research and applied projects with colleagues from Iran, Sweden, Brazil, and France, which have led to not only refereed publications (see below), but also academic lectures and training modules for students (e.g., new cognitive-behaviour therapy Master’s program in Stockholm, Sweden), as well as athletes and coaches (e.g., Age Group Development CD-ROM for coaching artistic gymnastics).

  1. Salmela, J. H., Monfared, S. S., Mosayebi, F., & Durand-Bush, N. (2009). Mental skills profiles and expertise levels of elite Iranian athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 39,361-373[IRAN]
  2. Gustafsson, H., Kenttä, G., Hassmén, P., Lundqvist, C., & Durand-Bush, N. (2007). The process of burning out: A multiple case study of three elite endurance athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 38, 388-416. [SWEDEN]
  3. Salmela, J. H., Marques, M. P. Machado, R. F., & Durand-Bush, N. (2006). Perceptions of the Brazilian Football coaching staff in preparation for the World Cup. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37, 139-156. [BRAZIL]
  4. Fournier, J. F., Calmels, F., Durand-Bush, N., & Salmela, J. H. (2005). Effects of a season-long PST program on gymnastic performance and on psychological skill development. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3 (1), 59-78. [FRANCE]

Contributions to Training

The training of graduate and undergraduate students is one, if not the most important aspect of my research at the University of Ottawa. I take pride in the thousands of hours I have invested in developing the research potential and skills of my students over the past decade. It has been of the utmost importance to me to provide a collaborative, supportive, and engaging environment for students to learn and grow as young scholars. This has involved giving them access to physical laboratory space, equipment, software, academic courses, counseling training, communication/writing/lecturing workshops, funding, and much more. I have worked diligently to establish a rigorous and reputable research program founded on both qualitative and quantitative research traditions and methodologies, a critical mass of students, and an identity [i.e., Self-Regulation for the Enhancement of Well-being and Performance (S4EWP) laboratory, www.sewplab.com]. Since 2000, I have graduated 11 Master’s students and 1 PhD student, and I am currently supervising 4 PhD students, 2 of which will graduate by December 2012 (Human Kinetics PhD program was only implemented 5 years ago). I have also supervised 10 undergraduate students completing their 4th year Honour’s thesis. As part of my contributions to training, I spend considerable time helping my students (a) apply for external funding (10/11 MA and 5/5 PhD students received SSHRC or OGS funding); (b) complete their studies within the accepted 2-year (MA) and 4-5 year (PhD) time frame, (c) present at scholarly conferences, and (d) publish their research findings in refereed journals, which has led me to have several second-author articles. In reality, I invest as much, if not more time and effort in helping my students learn how to write scientific articles and craft their manuscripts than I would invest if I were writing the articles on my own. Our collaborative research has led to 1 book chapter, 10 articles in refereed journals, 10 articles in refereed conference proceedings, 2 articles in a professional journal, and 74 refereed conference presentations.

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