Canaan is a Ph.D. in Education doctoral student with specializations in educational psychology and research methods in sports psychology. His prior educational experiences include earning a master’s degree in educational psychology from George Mason University and earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Professionally, Canaan served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Mason for two seasons. Before his tenure at Mason, Canaan was the Assistant Director of Mentoring for Beat the Streets Philadelphia. While serving in that role, Canaan co-founded the Trenton Youth Wrestling Program which provides wrestling, tutoring, and mentoring to underprivileged youth. Canaan is currently the Vice President for the Ph.D. In Education Student Organization (PESO) at Mason.
Canaan's research is primarily focused on self-regulation from the social cognitive perspective. The vast majority of his research considers components of athletics. A lot of what sparks his interest are questions regarding cultivating a self-regulatory mindset in academic and sports context. More specifically, how does one’s ability to self-regulate impact his or her academic and athletic performance? How does one improve his or her self-regulation? How can coaches teach in a way that promotes athletes’ self-regulation? These are the questions that Canaan strives to answer through his research.