Paul Saville, PhD, CSCS

Associate 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, PhD, CSCS, serves the students of Azusa Pacific University as an associate professor, mentor, and mental performance coach. 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. His primary focus, however, revolved around 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, six peer-reviewed journal articles, and several scholarly presentations. He is passionate about developing students’ ability to effectively interpret scholarly evidence, write academically, and to engage the research process in any way they can. His most recent program of research involves exploring the connections between athletic identity, religious orientation, and student-athlete well-being. He also finds pleasure in helping students find new ways to gain firsthand experience in research related to sport and exercise psychology.

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


  • PhD, Health and Exercise Psychology, McMaster University
  • MS, Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
  • BA, Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • AA, Physical Education, Cerro Coso Community College


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (Pn1), Precision Nutrition

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

  • FFL 131 – Fitness for life: Kinesiology
  • GE 100 – First-Year Seminar
  • 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
  • WRIT 241 – Writing 2: Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-3 p.m.

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