Paul Saville, Ph.D., CSCS

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6008
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With a vested interest in the physical, mental, and spiritual development of others, Paul Saville, Ph.D., CSCS, serves the students of Azusa Pacific University as a teacher, mental performance coach, and mentor. He strives to make a lasting impression on students’ academic and spiritual journeys by challenging them to explore the best ways for them to leverage their knowledge and skills to further the Kingdom of God.

Saville’s passion for sport, fitness, and psychology led him to pursue a doctoral degree in health and exercise psychology at McMaster University, during which time he engaged in a wide range of scholarly projects but focused his investigations on the value of interpersonal interactions and the potential they have for bolstering efficacy beliefs among youth athletes. Saville has been a key contributor on several published works including two book chapters, five peer-reviewed journal articles, and several scholarly presentations. He is passionate about developing students’ ability to effectively interpret scholarly evidence and write academically, and encourages them to engage the research process in any way they can—he is always open to exploring opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience through his ongoing projects.

Saville’s personal interest in health, fitness, and performance stems from his background in collegiate and professional athletics (hockey, baseball, and natural body building) and fuels his desire to teach. Born and raised in Canada, Paul, his wife (Liz), and daughter (Hailey) are avid hockey fans and enjoy regular trips to Disneyland and the many beautiful beaches of Southern California.


  • Ph.D., Health and Exercise Psychology, McMaster University
  • M.S., Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
  • B.A., Psychology, Texas A&M University


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Kinesiology


  • Coach-Athlete Relationships
  • Confidence and Motivation in Youth Sport
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Psychological Skills Training

Courses Taught

  • KIN 242 – Fundamental Principles of Fitness
  • KIN 306 – Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport
  • KIN 380 – Principles and Practices of Strength and Conditioning
  • KIN 490 – Research Methods in Kinesiology

Office Hours

Tuesday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.; Thursday, 2–3 p.m.

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