Featured Lectures and Speakers
Kate F. Hays, Ph.D.
The Performing Edge
Coleman Griffith Lecture
Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., C.Psych., CC-AASP maintains an independent practice, The Performing Edge, in Toronto, Canada. Her practice, research, writing, and teaching has three directions: (1) performance enhancement training with athletes; (2) the application of sport psychology principles and techniques to other performance populations, especially performing artists and business executives; and (3) psychotherapy practice with emphasis on the mental benefits of physical activity.
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Hays obtained her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her A.M. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University. Following graduate training, she returned to New Hampshire, where she directed a community mental health center and subsequently developed an individual and group private practice. In 1997, she moved to Toronto, to expand the sport and performance aspects of her practice.
Dr. Hays has taught courses in sport and performance psychology in the U.S. and has given scholarly and applied presentations throughout North America, the U.K., and Australia. Her current primary teaching role is through her popular tele-consultation groups (TCGs) in sport and performance psychology, a model of distance teaching that has seen participants from 21 states, 6 provinces, and the U.K. In 1999, she founded the Psyching Team for the Toronto Marathon. This community service to runners before, during, and after the Marathon has been recognized as a model of “giving sport psychology away.”
A prolific author of many peer reviewed articles and invited book chapters, Dr. Hays retains her connection with public education through her blog, “The Edge: Peak Performance Psychology” through Psychology Today. She has authored five books: Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy; Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood; You’re On! Consulting for Peak Performance (with co-author Charles H. Brown); and edited Performance Psychology in Action and Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement and Mind: Therapeutic Unity. A former president of American Psychological Association’s Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology, she is the recipient of its Bruce Ogilvie Award for Professional Practice and currently represents the Division at APA’s Council of Representatives. Most recently, she has been instrumental in establishing a Section on Performance Psychology.
A Fellow of APA and AASP, Dr. Hays has been elected to a number of Boards within APA, currently serving as a member of its Publications & Communications Board. Within AASP, Dr. Hays has served on the Health Psychology Committee, Certification Review Committee, Hospitality Committee, Continuing Education Committee, and most recently, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Certification.
All Time Leading Scorer in NFL History
Morten Andersen, "The Great Dane", was born August 19, 1960 in Copenhagen,Denmark. As a youth, he participated in many sports including soccer, team handball, gymnastics and track.
Morten visited the United States in 1977 as a Youth for Understanding exchange student. He first kicked an American football that year as a student at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN. A fast learner, after only one season of high school football he was awarded a scholarship to Michigan State University where he became an All American. He holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL history, as well as being the all-time leading scorer for two teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons.
Morten holds numerous NFL records and distinctions including:
Most career points (2,544), most games played (382), most consecutive games scoring (360), most field goals (565), most field goals attempted (709).
He places second in the following categories: most career PAT's attempted (859; 1st- George Blanda, 959), most career PAT's made (849; 1st-George Blanda, 943), most FG's (50 or more yards) in a career (40; 1st- Jason Hanson, 41), most NFL seasons played (25; 1st- George Blanda, 26), most seasons-100 or more points (14; 1st- Jason Elam, 16).
A seven time Pro Bowl selection, the most by any NFL kicker, he was named to the 1980’s and 1990’s NFL All-Decade Team and is in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame and The Danish American Football Federation Hall of Fame.
Morten officially retired from the NFL on December 8, 2008. He currently is CEO of Morten Andersen Global, Inc., president and founder of The Morten Andersen Family Foundation, and enjoys raising his two boys with his wife Jennifer.
John Ratey, MD
Harvard Medical School
Health & Exercise Psychology Keynote
John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and best selling Author. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in Neuropsychiatry, and written 8 books published in 14 languages.
Dr. Ratey is the co-author of the ground breaking ADD-ADHD series of books, “Driven to Distraction”, “Answers to Distraction”, and Delivered from Distraction”, with Edward Hallowell, MD. First published in 1994, “Driven to Distraction” is still considered the seminal book on ADD-ADHD and to this day remains a best seller in the field.
In addition, Dr. Ratey is the author of “A Users Guide to the Brain” (2000) and co-author of “Shadow Syndromes” (1997) with Catherine Johnson, PhD., both published by Pantheon/Random House. He has edited several academic publications, including “The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders”(1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.
With the publication of his latest book, "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain,”(2008), Dr. Ratey has established himself as a leading expert in the brain-fitness connection. A highly sought after speaker, he has embarked on a world-wide mission to re-engineer schools, corporations, and individual lifestyle practices by incorporating exercise to achieve peak performance and optimum mental health. Dr. Ratey has lectured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and Europe. He serves as an advisor to the President Of Taiwan, The Alberta, Canada legislature and the Utah Government. He’s been named Reebok's Ambassador for Active Kids, Advisor to the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Activity and Sport, and Adjunct Professor at Taiwan National Sports University.
Consistently named one of the Best Doctors in America by his peers, Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, and well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Forbes, Men’s Health, Fitness Magazine, and other national publications.
Dr. Ratey maintains a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently working on a new book examining our genetic roots and the influence on our psychology in a modern world, titled, “Go Wild” to be published by Little Brown, April, 2014.
Jacquelynne Eccles, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Social Psychology Keynote
Jacquelynne S. Eccles is the McKeachie/Pintrich Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan, as well as a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She is Director of the Gender and Achievement Research Program at ISR and editor of Developmental Psychology. Over the past 30 years, Prof. Eccles has conducted research on a wide variety of topics including gender-role socialization, teacher expectancies, classroom influences on student motivation, and social development in the family and school context. In the 90s, Prof. Eccles served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Directorate at the National Science Foundation, and Chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood. She was Associate Editor of the journal Child Development and editor of the Journal for Research on Adolescence. She is past president of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and Division 35 of APA, president elect of Division 7 of APA, and has served on the faculty at Smith College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Michigan. Her work has been honored by several awards including the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action" from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; life time achievement awards from SRA, Division 15 of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for the Study of Human Development, and the Self Society; the Bronfennbrenner Award for Research from Division 7 of the APA; and the APA Lifetime Award for Service in Supporting Psychological Research. She has received honorary degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and the University of Laval in Quebec City, Canada. Finally, she is a member of the National Academy of Education a World Scholar at the University of London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Tubingen, Germany.
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Craig Jenkins, Ph.D., ABPP, LTC, MS
10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Performance Psychology Keynote
Craig M. Jenkins, Ph.D. ABPP is a Lieutenant Colonel assigned to the US Army's 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as the Group Psychologist. He has more than a decade of experience providing special operations forces with operational psychology support. He served as an enlisted Soldier in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and later returned to become the first psychologist assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. He has conducted multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Jenkins is focused on improving the health and performance of special operations forces as well as providing operational support to commands. He holds master's degrees in clinical psychology and psychopharmacology in addition to a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has completed the Army's post-doctoral Health Psychology Fellowship and then became the director of that program. He is a board certified clinical health psychology and is an inductee of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Effective Presentation Solutions
Performance Psychology Keynote
Gary is an acknowledged professional Public Speaking Coach and owner of Effective Presentation Solutions. He has worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as well as several forums of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) including being the guest speaker at YPO events.
Since 2007 he has been the Director of Instructor Development for Naval Special Warfare Center. As Director he oversees the initial instruction, qualification and continued training of all SEAL and SWCC instructors. He teaches Public Speaking/Effective Presentations to the Junior Officers Training Course; the Platoon Leadership/Chief Petty Officer Course; SEAL Team-5; the Leadership, Ethics and Law Department Professors at the United States Naval Academy; Marine Corps Forces Special Operations (MARSOC); and the Coaches for the BUD/S Prep Course in Great Lakes, Illinois.
He retired after serving over 20 years in the US Navy as a SEAL. He graduated with BUD/S class “142” in May of 1987. He then received orders to SEAL Team-5 with Basic Airborne Training en route. He was assigned to Golf Platoon and completed back-to-back six-month West-PAC deployments to Subic Bay, Philippines. He completed his tour at SEAL Team-5 and was screened and selected for duty at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) in July 1990 where he remained for 10 1/2 years.
Following his assignment at NSWDG he was a Close Quarters Defense (CQD) instructor at Naval Special Warfare Center Detachment Little Creek. His final duty was Third Phase Chief/ Curriculum Manager at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S).
After retirement in 2006, he received his Master’s of Education and California Teaching Credential. He successfully went on to teach US History to 8th graders in the Cajon Valley School District.
James P. Whelan, Ph.D.
University of Memphis
James P. Whelan, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the University of Memphis’ Department of Psychology where he teaches and mentors students in the clinical psychology doctoral program and directs the Psychological Services Center. For many years, Jim was an involved member of the Association for Applied Sports psychology, including a service to the AASP ethics committee and contributor to the AASP first ethics code.
While still involved in athletics and applied sport psychology, Jim’s primary research focus has shifted to the study of disordered gambling. He is the founder and co-director of the Institute for Gambling Education and Research. His work in this area has included predictors of at-risk gambling among adolescents, the role of alcohol consumption on gambling behavior, the promotion of responsible gaming, and the assessment and treatment of gambling problems. Based on their empirically-based clinical work with over 400 individuals, Jim and his colleagues have developed, evaluated, and published a comprehensive treatment for those with gambling problems. Their book and their assessment tools have been translated into several different languages and have also been successful in receiving grants to support their work on gambling prevention and treatment research.
Service to the professional and lay communities has always been a value to Jim, and he has had the honor of serving on the executive committee for three professional organizations, as well as, served on several editorial boards and continues as a long-standing member of his University’s Faculty Athletic Committee. In addition to his role on the original AASP ethics committee, Jim has been involved with the Tennessee Psychological Association ethics committee and received an appointment to the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology. Among his recognitions, Jim received the University of Memphis Research Award for Engaged Scholarship.
Jaume Cruz Feliu
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Distinguished International Scholar Award Lecture
Jaume Cruz Feliu is Professor of Sport Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Director of the Sport Psychology Interuniversity Master, organized by the UAB and the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC). He has published more than 60 research articles in professional journals, such as: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Applied Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Spanish Journal of Psychology, Psicothema and Revista de Psicología del Deporte. Dr. Cruz has also written several book chapters and has coauthored the books: Psicología del deporte: aplicaciones y perspectivas (Sport Psychology: Applications and Perspectives) and Psicología y deporte (Sport and Psychology). He is also editor of the Manual de Psicología del deporte (Sport Psychology Handbook). Professor Cruz coordinates the “Grup d’Estudis de Psicologia de l’Esport” (Research Group in Sport Psychology) at the UAB. He has led four three-year research projects at national level and now he is involved in the European project: promoting adolescent health through an intervention aimed at improving the quality of their participation in Physical Activity (PAPA). His main research interests are in the area of youth sport and include different aspects of motivation in sport, drop-out, fair play and especially cognitive-behavioral interventions with coaches of young players, such as the Programa de Asesoramiento Personalizado a Entrenadores (PAPE, Personalized Program for Counseling Coaches). He has conducted seminars and workshops for coaches and parents of young athletes sponsored by regional and national sport organizations. Dr. Cruz has collaborated in the Curriculum Development of the European Master in Sport Psychology and received the Ema Gueron Award from the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), in 2011. He has served as president of the Catalan Association of Sport Psychology (1987-1991) and president of the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (1991-1995). He has been director of the Revista de Psicología del Deporte, the first Journal of Sport Psychology in Spanish, since its founding in 1992 and has been a member of the editorial board of several psychology and sport science journals.
Western Kentucky University/USA Swimming National Team
Performance Psychology Panel Discussion
Claire Donahue was born in Dallas, TX to Chris and Connie Donahue. Donahue has three siblings, Audrey, Zack, and Dean. When Claire was five, she and her family moved to Lenoir City in east Tennessee, where she graduated from Lenoir City High School in 2007. After high school, she attended Western Kentucky University majoring in social work; Claire graduated from WKU in 2011 and now is certified as a social worker.
In her freshman year at WKU, Claire broke the school record in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly. She was a letter winner all four years of her college career, setting five school records in the process. As a senior, she was named the "2011 WKU Student Athlete of the Year." Under Coach Bruce Marchionda, Donahue finished her career as the most decorated swimmer in WKU history. Claire finished her WKU career as the school-record holder in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly along with eight individual Sun Belt Conference titles, three conference championships and the highest individual finish at the NCAA championships in school history.
Donahue qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials, the U.S. qualifying event for the Olympics, in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, but did not advance out of the opening round in either event. In 2010, Donahue finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships. In 2011, she finished second at the NCAA Championships in the same event. She went to the 2011 Pan American Games where she won the gold in the 100-meter butterfly and another gold as part of the 4x100-meter medley relay. At the 2011 National Championships, she took second place in 100-meter butterfly and 9th in the 200-meter butterfly.
At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, Donahue turned in a new personal best in the 100-meter butterfly finals clocking a time of 57.57. With this time she earned second place, qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Team.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Claire turned in another personal best time of 57.42 seconds during the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly and advanced to the finals. In the finals, she swam the race in 57.48 en route to a seventh place finish. Later at the games, she swam the butterfly leg of the 4×100-meter medley relay for the U.S. team during the preliminary heats. Her teammates won the relay final, earning Donahue an Olympic gold medal.
Western Kentucky University
Performance Psychology Panel Discussion
Bruce Marchionda has 29 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and prep levels. He is in his 11th season at Western Kentucky University and his eighth as head coach of the WKU swimming and diving teams.
WKU Lady Toppers won the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championship title, the ninth championship in program history since 2001. WKU men's swimming finished at no. 16 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 Poll after a strong showing at the 2013 Conference USA Men's Invitational, finishing second. Marchionda was named both SBC and Conference USA Co-Coach of the Year.
WKU finished the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championships with a pair of runner-up finishes. Fourteen WKU swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major honorable mention All-Americans. Summer 2012, seven WKU swimmers participated in U.S. Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, including Claire Donahue, the first WKU swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic team.
Marchionda led the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers to second-place finishes in the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championships, and was named the Men's Swimming Coach of the Year. Donahue, along with 10 teammates, were named Mid-Major All-Americans by CollegeSwimming.com.
WKU men and women swept the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Championships. Two WKU swimmers picked up Swimmer of the Year honors while Marchionda was named the Coach of the Year on the men's and women's side. Marchionda was recognized by the ASCA as a Coach of Excellence for the 2010 season.
Marchionda’s international coaching experience includes serving as a member of the Peruvian National Staff and, in 2012, the coaching staff for the US at the 2012 Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Before WKU, Marchionda helped lead the Clemson Tigers to the ACC Championship in 1997and was named the ACC coach of the year. At Clemson he produced 26 ACC Champions as well as several swimmers that attained national and international awards.
Previously, Marchionda served in coaching roles with the Clemson Aquatic Club, Old Dominion, and Norfolk Academy. During his 13 years at Norfolk Academy, he won 15 Virginia State Championships, produced 21 high school All-Americans, and 79 high school state champs.
Marchionda graduated in 1979 from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, with a BS in biology. At Westminster, he was a six-time NAIA All-American in the sprint events. An Olympic Trials qualifier in 1980, Marchionda was also a three-time Master Swimming All-American. Marchionda and his wife, Hope, have two sons, Jacob and Mason.
Western Kentucky University
Performance Psychology Panel Discussion
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Shoenfelt, Professor of Psychology in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology has been a faculty member at Western Kentucky University (WKU) since 1983. She has directed the I-O graduate program for 19 years. Her doctoral training and primary work context is I-O psychology; her work in sport psychology has a performance orientation and draws heavily on her I-O training and research. Betsy completed her graduate training at LSU where she minored in statistics and sport psychology. At LSU, she and Charlie Hardy, an AASP past president, completed graduate coursework under the tutelage of Dr. Evelyn Hall.
Betsy teaches graduate courses in Organizational Psychology, Advanced Training, EEO Law, Leadership, and Professional Issues; she directs I-O graduate students in internships and thesis research. In 2013, Betsy won the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology lifetime achievement award for teaching. For more than 30 years, Betsy has developed and implemented programs to enhance performance in business, industry, government, education, and sports. She is a licensed I-O psychologist, a Certified Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee Registry of Sport Psychologists.
Betsy has more than 30 years of experience working with teams and individually with coaches and athletes to improve performance in competitive situations through training mental skills, team building, and performance excellence. Her work in sport psychology includes working with basketball teams that competed in three NCAA Final Fours and one national championship, volleyball teams that have made seven NCAA tournament appearances, as well as with football teams, swimmers and divers, and golfers. She has provided mental skills training workshops for athletes from soccer, softball, and golf; she developed performance appraisal systems for an intercollegiate football coaching staff and for an intercollegiate basketball coaching staff. Betsy has worked with athletes at LSU, WKU, University of Nebraska, and East Carolina University, as well as with high school athletes and competitive adult athletes. Recently, she worked with Claire Donahue, a former intercollegiate swimmer who won a gold medal at the recent 2012 Olympic Games in London.