Keynote Speakers

Featured Lectures and Speakers


Wednesday, October 15 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Coleman Griffith Lecture
Lessons Learned from a Career in Sport Psychology

Keith Henschen, Ph.D.
University of Utah


Thursday, October 16 | 9:45 - 11:00 am
Getting Another Ph.D. in the Applied World: Lessons Learned in Professional and Olympic Sport

Kimberley Amirault-Ryan, Ph.D.
Lead of Sport Psychology for the Canadian Olympic Committee at 2014 Winter Olympics; Performance Consultant, Edmonton Oilers



Friday, October 17 | 9:45 - 11:00 am
Promoting Optimal Motivation for Sport

Edward Deci, Ph.D.
University of Rochester



 Friday, October 17 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Diversity Lecture
What Might Sport Psychology Learn from Including Disability? Implications for Practice and Theory

Brett Smith, Ph.D.
Loughborough University, UK


Friday, October 17 | 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Performance Excellence Award Recipient

Sheryl Swoopes
Head Women's Basketball Coach at Loyola University - Chicago
3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist; 3 Time WNBA Most Valuable Player

Photo credit: Steve Woltmann/Loyola Athletics


Saturday, October 18 | 9:45 - 11:00 am
Diversity Panel
More Than an Athlete: Deconstructing Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Sport

Angela Hucles
2-time Olympic Gold medalist for the U.S. Women's Soccer team, Leading scorer for the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics, Women's Sports Foundation Athlete Advisory Panel member, Founder and Director of Empowerment through Sport Leadership Series
Wade Davis
Former NFL player (Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks), Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination and homophobia in sports, Co-founder of the You Belong Initiative, a Youth Sports and Leadership camp targeting LGBTQ and straight allied youth
Hudson Taylor
Founder, Executive Director & Board Member of Athlete Ally, Co-authored the NCAA's first-ever handbook for college athletes, coaches and administrators on LGBTQ policies and best practices, works closely with the NBA and NFL on LGBTQ issues



Saturday, October 18 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

International Lecture
Blending Research and Applied Work at the Highest Level: Challenges, Pitfalls and Rewards

Anne Marte Pensgaard, Ph.D.
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences & Norwegian Olympic Training Center


Saturday, October 18 | 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Expert Panel Discussion on
Performance Psychology

Alan Ashley
Chief of Sport Performance

United States Olympic Committee
Sean McCann, Ph.D., CC-AASP
Sport Psychologist
United States Olympic Committee
Gloria Balague, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago


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