Jonathan N. Metzler, Ph.D., provides a unique balance of science and practice in sport psychology as Performance Psychology Research & Development Lead in support of the United States Army's Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2). Jon provides oversight of research projects designed to investigate the effectiveness of sport psychology with Soldiers, development of training and consultation interventions to enhance Soldier performance, as well as professional development and mentorship of Master Resilience Trainer - Performance Experts to ensure quality service delivery. Located at Fort Hood, Texas, Jon has been employed by Science Applications International Corporation since January 2010, briefly serving as Interim Training Center Manager in January 2012.
From 2005 to 2010, Jon was Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at Georgia Southern University where he served as Co-Coordinator of the Sport Psychology graduate program, Coordinator of the undergraduate Exercise Science program, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, and member of the university Graduate Committee. In this role he helped to establish working relationships with all of the Georgia Southern University teams to provide authentic and immersive supervised experiences for graduate students in sport psychology.
Jon has been very active in advancing the profession of sport psychology. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (JASP), the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES), and Structural Equation Modeling and delivered several presentations at multinational professional meetings. He co-authored a graduate level book entitled Training Professionals in the Practice of Sport Psychology which is in its second edition and currently serves as reviewer for JASP, MPEES, and AASP conference submissions. Jon has attended every AASP conference since 1998, delivering 26 presentations, and serving on several committees including Student Development, Web Content, Website Redesign, Accreditation, Organizational Outreach, and Graduate Training. In 2007, he received the MPEES Reviewer of the Year Award. This year, he received distinction as a Fellow of AASP.
As a Certified Consultant through AASP and member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, Jon has extensive experience providing sport psychology consultation to teams and athletes representing 18 different sports of various competitive levels including intercollegiate athletes, Olympians, Paralympians, and professional athletes. He currently serves as consultant to the USA Wheelchair Rugby team.
Jon earned three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology, Physical Education, and Secondary Education from Concordia University-Portland. He earned a Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science specializing in Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Kinesiology specializing in Psychology of Movement and Sport from the Pennsylvania State University. Jon enjoys living just north of the music capital of the world – Austin, Texas – with his 2 dogs. When he turns off from advancing sport psychology, he can be found taking in live music or a myriad of college and professional sports. In the fall, do not be surprised to find him traveling to University of Oregon Duck football games.