Mark Aoyagi, Research and Practice Division Head

Mark Aoyagi is Director of Sport & Performance Psychology, Associate Professor, and founder and Director of the Center for Performance Excellence at the University of Denver. He has worked with several Division I athletic departments, professional and Olympic teams and athletes, and is currently the sport psychologist for two professional franchises and member of the USATF sport psychology group. He is a licensed psychologist in Colorado, a Certified Consultant, AASP and is listed in the USOC Sport Psychology Registry. Mark is active in AASP and has served on the Student Development Committee, Future of Focus Areas Ad Hoc Committee, Foundation Committee, Distinguished Professional Practice Award Committee, and as Chair of the Graduate Program Committee. Along with Artur Poczwardowski, he co-edited the book Expert Approaches to Sport Psychology, and has published 16 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters primarily on the topics of professional issues, science-to-practice, ethics, and training.

Mark earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, emphasis in Sport Psychology, from the University of Missouri and was the Sport Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California. Prior, he completed a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah and M.S. in Kinesiology, Sport Psychology emphasis from Georgia Southern University. Mark also completed a Graduate Business Certificate in Management from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. He was the recipient of the 2005 AASP Student-Practitioner Award and the inaugural Early Career Professional Award from Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of APA.

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