Dr Samson is a professor in the department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, in the College of Education. Prior to that, she spent 12 years as a full-time professor at California State University, Northridge (in the LA metroplex). She taught courses in the areas of sport psychology and sport sociology, conducted research on athletes, and was also half-time in the CSUN Athletics department as their sport psychology consultant. In that role, she worked with individual athletes, teams, and coaches on the psychological aspects of peak performance. In her research, she mainly focuses on athlete self-perceptions (self-efficacy, self-confidence, self-talk, etc), and also has an interest in mindfulness practices for athlete well-being and performance enhancement. When not at work, she is either running, doing yoga, or sitting on her horse, As You Wish, who she competes in the equestrian sport of 3-Day Eventing.