Meet the Professionals

Friday, October 20
Meet the Professionals Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


This event is for students only. You must sign up for the lunch when you register for the meeting. Registrants are assigned to professionals on a first-come, first-served basis.
Student Member: $25
Student Non-Member: $30
 

This year's professionals are:

Gloria Balague, PhD, CC-AASP
Gloria Balague is a native of Barcelona, Spain. She is a Clinical Associate Professor Emerita in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked extensively with USA Track & Field, USA Gymnastics and USA Field Hockey. She was at the 92 and 96 Olympics as sport psychologist. She is currently Chair of Sport Psychology services for USA Track and Field.  8 years ago she joined Don Hellison in starting the TPSR Alliance  (tpsr-alliance.org)  a group aiming at using sport and physical activity as a tool to promote personal and social responsibility in youth.  She is currently consulting with USA Gymnastics and an NFL team. She is Past-President  of Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the APA, and also of Division 12 (Sport  Psychology) of the International Association of Applied Psychology.
 

Angel Brutus, PsyD
Dr. Angel Brutus manages a private practice based in Atlanta, Georgia where she provides clinical and sport performance services to individuals, teams and organizations. Her training as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Sport-Performance Psychology Consultant provides robust opportunity to provide holistic services based on clients' clinical and performance needs. She serves as coordinator for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology's Race & Ethnicity in Sport Special Interest Group (SIG) and is a member of multiple committees within the Association. Dr. Brutus' research highlights the phenomenon of stereotype threat as experienced by multiracial collegiate athletes. She often presents at conferences and summits regarding the intersection of diversity-related social identities and sport serving as an advocate for diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Brutus is co-author with other sport psychology providers and researchers to a chapter in a sport psychology book due for release by Human Kinetics later this year.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her three daughters and husband, engage as a community volunteer with philanthropic organizations targeting at-risk youth, and mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in the helping profession.
 

Sarah Carson Sackett, PhD
Sarah Carson Sackett, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and the Associate Director of the Morrison Bruce Center for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Girls and Women at James Madison University. Sarah received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Hartwick College, her Master’s in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Greensboro, and her PhD in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. After teaching in the sport psychology and coaching education programs at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Carson Sackett coordinated and taught in the NCACE-accredited coaching education minor at JMU before teaching the undergraduate sport and exercise psychology, behavior change, and motor development and learning curriculum. Since 2005, Dr. Carson Sackett has served as a sport psychology consultant for collegiate teams and community athletes, and has provided coaching and athlete leadership clinics with groups such as the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the Challace McMillin Center for Sport Psychology (JMU), and Strive. Within AASP, Sarah has served as the Newsletter Editor (2011-2013) and the Publications and Information Division Head (2013-2016). Her research interests include positive youth development through sport, coaching strategies for developing life skills in athletes, psychosocial factors involved in physical activity adoption, and outreach program evaluation.
 

Graig M. Chow, PhD, CC-AASP 
Dr. Graig Chow is an Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at Florida State University. Prior to his current position at FSU, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at UCLA and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions designed to enhance performance and well-being in athletes. He is also interested in mental health of student-athletes including attitudes toward, motivation to engage in, and utilization of psychological services. Dr. Chow has published in several sport psychology and psychology journals such as Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Journal of Sports Sciences, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Small Group Research. He has also authored book chapters on using objective measures in sport psychology consulting; clinical issues in athletes, exercisers, and performers; and collective efficacy in sport. As a sport psychology practitioner, Dr. Chow has worked with a number of NCAA Division I teams as well as with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes. He is the Director of Sport Psychology Practicum and Supervision at FSU where he oversees the training and service delivery of graduate students in the program. Dr. Chow earned his PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University in 2009.
 

David da Silva, CC-AASP
David has been at IMG academy since October 2009 delivering mental skills training to the soccer and tennis program as well as leading the brain training program (formerly known as vision training program), as well as a well-received mindfulness program to all IMGA students. David received an M.S. degree in Movement Science with a specialization in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Barry University. David coordinated Sport Psychology services at Barry University which included consultations and workshops with the soccer, golf, rowing, tennis and basketball teams. David also served as a research assistant and co-taught an undergraduate course in sport and exercise psychology. David was hired as the mental conditioning director at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida in 2003 where he worked with numerous youth, professional and adult tennis players .. His sporting background includes varsity soccer at New Hampshire College (now known as Southern New Hampshire University) as well as numerous team sports like rugby and cricket where he grew up in South Africa. David has vast experience in coaching, video editing and production and is a licensed Heartmath coach. 
 

David Fletcher, PhD
Dr. David Fletcher is a performance psychologist and consultant whose work focuses on the psychology of performance excellence in sport, business and other performance domains. Based at Loughborough University in the UK, he is the current Director of Research Degree Programmes (Sport Performance) and the Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.  Dr Fletcher’s experience of consulting with high level performers spans nearly two decades and includes working closely with Olympic and World Champions from a variety of sports, senior leaders and their teams in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, and military and emergency service personnel.  In addition to publishing widely in leading international scientific and professional journals, he has presented at conferences and to organizations across the globe.
 

Hector Morales, PhD, CC-AASP
Dr. Morales is a Performance Enhancement Certified Consultant (CC-AASP) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and currently the Director of Cultural Initiatives and Mental Skills Coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he coordinates all aspects of Latin American player development that includes education, transition, integration, and performance. As a CC-AASP, he has also worked with collegiate level athletes as well as developmental travel teams to assist coaches and players in the development of their motivation, cohesion, and overall performance. Dr. Morales currently resides in Bradenton, Florida.
 

Jen Schumacher, CC-AASP
Jen Schumacher is a Performance Psychology Instructor at the Center for Enhanced Performance at West Point. Jen earned her Master's Degree in Sport Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, studying under Dr. Ken Ravizza, and is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. Prior to her arrival at West Point, Jen was a Sport Psychology Consultant and lecturer of sport and exercise psychology at California State University, Fullerton. Over the last decade, Jen has worked with collegiate, club, masters, and high school teams and individuals on the mental aspects of performance across a variety of sports.

 

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