Speakers

Here are samples of AASP speakers. There are many additional authorities available worldwide. Please complete the Speaker Request Form and our team can explore the best options for your time, budget, and topic.

Mitch Abrams, Psy.D.

Fords, N.J.

Dr. Mitch Abrams is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York. In his private practice, Learned Excellence for Athletes in Fords, New Jersey, he provides clinical, forensic and sport psychology services. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Abrams has consulted with athletes and has developed programs for athletic organizations at the youth sport, high school, college and professional levels of competition. Dr. Abrams provides extensive training on identification and treatment of trauma in sport, and provides workshops on dating violence prevention in athlete populations. He developed the only comprehensive anger management program for athletes. Dr. Abrams is a frequent speaker, treatment provider and trainer on the topic of anger and sports. He is the co-author of numerous books and manuals, including "Anger Management in Sport – Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes" (2010).

Specializations include: Anger Management/violence prevention in sport; sexual assault/dating violence prevention; risk assessment of athlete criminality; identification, prevention and treatment of abuse and trauma in sports; and mental health issues in athlete populations

Carrie Cheadle, M.A., CC-AASP

Petaluma, Calif.

Mental skills coach Carrie Cheadle consults with individual athletes, coaches and teams on enhancing sport performance. While Cheadle works in many sports, she specializes in working with cyclists and endurance athletes, as well as athletes and exercisers with Type 1 diabetes. She is the Director of the Mental Skills Training Program for Diabetes Training Camp in Harleysville, Penn. She is a frequent conference speaker and also designs and conducts mental skills training clinics, workshops and camps. Cheadle has written multiple articles and guest blogs and is the author of "On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance" (2013).

Specializations include: Mental skills training, mental toughness, peak performance, life balance, stress management, resilience and positive thinking, effective goal setting, optimal focus, health and fitness, motivation, competition nerves, endurance sport, regaining confidence and returning to sport after injury

Stephany C. Coakley, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Washington, DC

Dr. Coakley is a sport and performance psychology consultant with her private practice, Maximum Mental Training Associates, where she specializes in training athletes and coaches the fundamentals of mental preparation. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) qualified to treat clinical issues. Dr. Coakley has worked with participants in the following sports: tennis, golf, rugby, auto racing, weightlifting, basketball, equestrian, judo, figure skating, volleyball, track and field, baseball, wrestling, gymnastics and football. She is a frequent presenter at national professional conferences and workshops.

Specializations include: Mental skills training and mastery, personal player development, Sport Career Transitions (SCT), injury and rehabilitation, positive youth development through sport, parent workshops, managing anxiety and other emotions, coping with pressure, building confidence, maintaining motivation, attention control, and military performance enhancement

Nicole Detling, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Salt Lake City, Utah

Dr. Detling is the owner of HeadStrong Consulting, providing services to a variety of athletes and performers (musicians, dancers, etc.) focusing on mental skills training for performance enhancement. Dr. Detling is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah where she earned her doctorate in sport psychology and teaches in the Exercise and Sport Science Department. She is a regular presenter at national and local professional conferences and workshops, as well as contributing textbook author. She also gives presentations at businesses to assist in performance enhancement in the workforce. She works with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and was on staff at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics for U.S. SpeedSkating.

Specializations include: Mental skills training for performance enhancement in sport, business, and life

Nick Galli, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Chatsworth, Calif.

As Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge, Dr. Galli teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the psychology and sociology of sport. Dr. Galli earned his doctorate from the University of Utah. His research focuses on resilience and stress-related growth in athletes, and body image and eating disorders in male athletes and athletes with disabilities. In 2006, Dr. Galli was the recipient of the AASP Thesis Award and won the Dissertation Award in 2010.


Specializations include
: Mental skills: anxiety regulation, focus, self-talk, goal setting, imagery; team psychology: team building, leadership, communication; resiliency in sport; body image/disordered eating in sport; psychology of injury, motivation, and exercise

Colleen M. Hacker, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Tacoma, Wash.

Award winning author, lecturer, and sport psychology consultant, Dr. Hacker has more than 30 years of experience in higher education as Professor of Movement Studies and Wellness Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. She is a mental skills coach to professional, international and Olympic-level athletes in a variety of sports, including the three-time Gold Medal-winning U.S. Women’s soccer team. In preparation for the World Championships and the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, she is working with the USA Hockey team. She has authored over 40 publications and delivered more than 100 presentations, both academic and corporate. Her strategies for peak performance are sought by corporations, business groups, professional sport teams, civic organizations and the media.

Specializations include: Peak Performance

Aimee C. Kimball, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Kimball is a mental training and peak performance consultant who has worked with athletes, performers, and business executives for more than a decade. She helps to enhance their performance and provide a competitive edge to succeed in sport, work and life. Dr. Kimball has been the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mental Training Consultant for the past eight years and is the Mental Training Consultant for Sewickley Academy and Duquesne University. She has appeared in various local and national media and sport publications including Men's Health Magazine, Runner's World and Athletic Management Magazine.

Specializations include: Mental toughness, anxiety, perfectionism, stress management, realistic thinking, team building and leadership, business psychology (mergers, sales mentality, family business dynamics), and performance psychology (dancers, singers)

Anthony P. Kontos, Ph.D.

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Kontos is Assistant Research Director for the Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine. Specializing in concussion research, Dr. Kontos has received funding from NIH, Department of Defense, NFL and other sources. He has authored more than 70 publications, including peer-reviewed articles and has delivered over 100 lectures to professional organizations.


Specializations include:
Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury; psychology of injury; post-traumatic stress

Larry Lauer, Ph.D., CC-AASP

East Lansing, Mich.

Dr. Lauer is the Director of Coaching Education and Development at Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, where he is responsible for coaching curriculum development, research-evaluation, and youth sport and performance enhancement consulting. Dr. Lauer has provided services to athletes, teams and coaches from youth to professional levels of all sport. He is a regular contributor to national and local magazines, radio and television programs. Dr. Lauer is listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Sport Scientists by the Institute for International Sport, and in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry, 2013-2016.

Specializations include: Performance enhancement, confidence, mental toughness, aggression, coaching, life skills, youth development, youth sport, elite sport, hockey, tennis, team development

Thomas Lucas, M.Ed: BA (HONS), Dip. Soc. (Oxon), Dip. Psy: MsBPS

Glasgow, Scotland

Mr. Lucas is the founder and owner of Head to Head Consulting, providing sport consultation to athletes from amateur to professional and Olympic levels, as well as individual business men and women. He is a recognized after-dinner and motivational speaker, author of “Just Help Yourself” (2011), and contributor to various journals and magazines. He has delivered multiple presentations to charities both in the public and private sector. In addition to his involvement with AASP, he is a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Specializations include: performance enhancement: counseling; lifestyle changes; stress management; anger management

Charles A. Maher, Psy.D., CC-AASP

Cleveland, Ohio; Goodyear, Ariz.; Piscataway, N.J.

Dr. Maher is a sport and performance psychologist and licensed psychologist who has worked with a range of athletes, staff, teams, and franchise executives in various areas of performance enhancement. He has been the Director of Psychological Services and Team Sport Psychologist for the Cleveland Indians since 1995. Dr. Maher is an author and editor of many books and has published numerous professional and scientific articles. As Professor Emeritus of Applied Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Dr. Maher has taught and supervised doctoral students in clinical, school, sport, and organizational psychology for 35 years.

Specializations include: Balancing sport with life; performance enhancement; team and staff development; leadership development of athletes and coaches; coach psychology; building athletic organization; professional sports: realities, myths, and possibilities; substance abuse and treatment; psychological assessment of athletes

Stephen M. Mathis, Psy.D.

Roswell, Ga.

Licensed psychologist, Dr. Mathis, specializes in psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy and group therapy. His clients are adolescents and adults including couples and families, as well as athletes, addicts and trauma survivors. Dr. Mathis is also a lecturer at several local colleges, conducts nationwide seminars and workshops, and has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy. Among Dr. Mathis’ licenses and certifications, he is a certified criminal justice specialist, a diplomat in forensic examination, medicine and forensic psychological specialties.

Specializations include: Performance Enhancement; teen/young adult sport; individual and team sport; substance abuse; anger management; eating disorders; addiction; assessment ADHD/LD

Rainer J. Meisterjahn, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Meisterjahn is a mental skills coach and owner of COURTEX PERFORMANCE, providing mental performance coaching, education and evaluation services for basketball players, coaches and organizations. He works with clients from youth to professional levels including NBA, FIBA and NCAA Division I players and coaches. Dr. Meisterjahn has consulted with players at the Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas and has served as a consultant to the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA pre-draft process. In addition, he has designed, implemented and assisted on-court skills workouts for college, FIBA and NBA players. Dr. Meisterjahn is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, basketball camps and clinics.

Specializations include: Psychology of basketball performance (mental skills and challenges); basketball player assessment; psychology of coaching basketball; coaching philosophy development; working with youth players; creating a culture of consistency in basketball organizations

Adam Naylor, Ed.D., CC-AASP

Boston, Mass.

At Telos Sport Psychology Coaching, lead consultant Dr. Naylor brings over 15 years of sport psychology experience to his high level athletic clients. Dr. Naylor spent a decade directing the Boston University Athletic Enhancement Center and serves as a sport psychology resource to both Boston and Northeastern Universities. He currently teaches at Boston University and the Institute for Rowing Leadership. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and workshops, a published author in various academic journals, as well as editor and contributor of online sport science resources.

Specializations include: Performance enhancement; injury psychology; organizational consulting; coach education; parent education; psychology of sports injury

Eddie O'Connor, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Fellow

Grand Rapids, Mich.

As an active and engaging speaker with over 300 media appearances and speaking engagements, Dr. O'Connor's message has inspired thousands across the nation to be their personal best. He is a licensed clinical sport psychologist and founder of the Performance Excellence Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids. He is also a leader and Director/Chief Psychologist of their Pain Center. Dr. O'Connor works with athletes, coaches and teams to develop mental toughness in sport. His most requested keynote talks and motivational topics include teaching essential mental toughness skills, excellence in sport parenting, and freeing student-athletes from perfectionism to performance excellence.

Specializations include: Performance excellence; motivation; leadership; confidence; youth sport; sport parenting; psychology of pain and injury rehabilitation (for athletes and medical staff); clinical issues (depression, anxiety, adjustment in sport); perfectionism; and health and wellness (e.g., stress management)

Kevin W. Roberts, Psy.D., LMHC, LCAC

Winona Lake, Ind.

Dr. Roberts is the Professor of Behavioral Science at Grace College in Indiana. He teaches courses in health and abnormal psychology, group counseling, addiction treatment, victimology and psychological measurement. Dr. Roberts’ research is directed towards integrated health care and working with people to make lifestyle changes while suffering from chronic diseases. He has research experience working with a variety of treatment resistive patients and addictive populations. Dr. Roberts has conducted numerous speaking engagements on health, exercise, and integration of care.

Specializations include: Addiction, health, exercise and lifestyle change

Christine L. B. Selby, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Bangor, Maine

Dr. Selby is a licensed psychologist and owner of Selby Psychological Services, specializing in services for eating disorders and sport/exercise psychology. Dr. Selby is co-founder and co-chair of the Eating Disorders Special Interest Group with AASP, and is currently President-Elect of the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She is also Assistant Professor of Psychology at Husson University in Maine. Dr. Selby is a regular presenter at professional conferences and workshops, as well as contributor to scholarly publications and textbook chapters.

Specializations include: Eating disorders, mental health, transition issues and athletic identity

John M. Silva, Ph.D.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

An international authority and leader in the field of sport psychology, Dr. Silva is Professor Emeritus at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the founding president of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, which today is known as AASP. In that role, he initiated the first sport psychology certification program and was the inaugural editor of the “Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.” Widely published, he is co-author of three sport psychology textbooks and has presented numerous keynote addresses and workshops worldwide.

Dr. Silva has provided consultation services to teams and athletes competing at the professional, Olympic, national and international level. As a competitor, he played two sports in college, has run marathons, and played for the Carolina Team Handball Club that won a Bronze Medal at the USA Open National Championships. Dr. Silva also coached the Carolina Team Handball Club to three consecutive collegiate national championships.

Specializations include: The psychology of the elite athlete; preparation for competition; performance enhancement; anxiety management; team building; conflict resolution; violence in sport; leadership. He has worked with professional athletes including NFL place kickers, punters and long snappers for over 25 years.

Duncan Simpson, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Miami, Fla.

Dr. Simpson is Assistant Professor of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology at Barry University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. He also works closely with the athletic department offering psychological skills training to student-athletes and teams where he specializes in performance enhancement for sports such as tennis, golf and soccer. Dr. Simpson has worked with beginner to professional athletes in a wide range of sports. In addition, his expertise includes the psychology of endurance sports, as well as exercise psychology where he helps individuals adopt and adhere to physical activity. Dr. Simpson is a presenter at professional conferences and a regular contributor to scholarly journals and media articles.

Specializations include: Athletic performance enhancement, exercise, endurance sports, injury, youth sport, coaching, team cohesion, group dynamics, leadership, communication and motivation

Steve R. Smith, Ph.D.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dr. Smith is the founder and owner of the Sport Psychology and Research Center, providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment for athletes of all ages and abilities. He is the Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-edited three books. He is a semipro athlete and is often asked to give talks to groups of athletes, coaches, and parents.


Specializations include:
Endurance sports

Frank L. Smoll, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Smoll is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. He is the co-author of numerous books and manuals, including the recent “Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches” (2012) and “Parenting Young Athletes” (2012). He has been a speaker at more than 150 scientific and professional conferences, and has conducted over 550 educational workshops. In collaboration with his colleagues, Dr. Smoll was the recipient of research grants to develop, test, and disseminate educational programs for youth sport coaches and parents. Together they created the “Mastery Approach to Coaching,” a scientifically validated coaching-education workshop that produces desirable effects on youngsters' personal, social, and athletic development. Their research was honored as one of the top 100 science-technology contributions in the history of the University of Washington.

Specializations include: Youth sports – education of coaches and parents of young athletes

Traci Ann Statler, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Fullerton, Calif.

Dr. Statler is Assistant Professor of Applied Sport and Performance Psychology at California State University. She also provides sport psychology consulting services to athletes and coaches affiliated with the university’s athletic programs. Dr. Statler serves as a mental performance coach and consultant for both the men’s and women’s, junior and senior elite, track and field athletes affiliated with the USA National Teams. She is a frequent conference speaker and co-author of “The Psychology of High Performance Track & Field,” a Track & Field News featured publication. Dr. Statler is the Vice President of the International Society of Sport Psychology.

Specializations include: Elite performance: college, professional, Olympic; track & field: jump and throw events; water polo; American football; softball; skiing/snowboarding and volleyball

Dana K. Voelker, Ph.D., NCC, CC-AASP

Brockport, N.Y.

Dr. Voelker is an Assistant Professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York where she teaches and conducts research on positive youth development through sport. She is a certified performance enhancement consultant for athletes and teams from youth through elite levels out of DKV Performance Consulting in Western New York. Dr. Voelker is a contributing textbook author and presenter at conferences and workshops. She is a former figure skater and past captain of the Penn State women’s ice hockey club.


Specializations include:
Sport and exercise psychology; sport sociology; performance enhancement; mental skills training; athlete leadership development; body image and eating disorder awareness

Barbara Walker, Ph.D., CC-AASP

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Walker is a performance psychologist and the founder of The Center For Human Performance, providing consultation to elite athletes and business professionals. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in exercise and sport psychology. Dr. Walker is a regular presenter at conferences and workshops, as well as a contributor to magazines, radio and television. She served on the AASP Board of Directors as the Professional Services Division Head, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Dr. Walker is also a competitive athlete in marathons, triathlons and cycling.

Specializations include: Peak performance, managing stress, mental skills training

Julie L. Wiernik, Psy.D

San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Wiernik is owner and licensed clinical sport psychologist of the Texas Center for Sport Psychology, where she provides services to athletes and performers of all levels focusing on mental skills training for performance enhancement. She has helped athletes cope with loss, injuries and pressures from family, career concerns and a variety of other issues. Dr. Wiernik also specializes in administering psychological assessments; team building workshops for coaches, parents, and athletes; and assisting with career/student-athlete transitions. As a former NCAA softball player, Dr. Wiernik earned Academic All-America honors as a shortstop and student, while earning All-Conference and All-Region honors.

Specializations include: All sports, business, performing arts, music and dance

David Yukelson, Ph.D., CC-AASP

University Park, Pa.

Dr. Yukelson is the Director of Sport Psychology Services for the Penn State University Athletic Department. Celebrating his 25th year at Penn State, Dr. Yukelson provides counseling and support to 31 athletic teams, coaching staffs, and intercollegiate student-athletes in mental skills training for performance enhancement. He also is an affiliate Assistant Professor and teaches undergraduate courses for the department of kinesiology. Dr. Yukelson is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and workshops, as well as contributing textbook author.

Specializations include: Intercollegiate athletics; motivation; team dynamics; leadership development; mental skills and performance excellence; stress management and interpersonal skill development


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