Student Delegates

The AASP Student Delegate position is a 1 or 2-year commitment. Responsibilities include disseminating information about AASP to students and schools in the surrounding area and serving on a student initiative. Other duties include attending the Student Open and Student Delegate meetings at the annual AASP conference. Delegates must be a current AASP member enrolled in school at the time of application.

To apply for a Student Delegate position, submit the following to

  • Application form
  • A resume or CV that highlights educational experience, leadership experiences, and previous or current AASP involvement

  • A one-page, double-spaced statement of intent describing your proposed involvement in an established student initiative or a new student initiative you would like to develop.

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Applications for the Student Delegate positions will be accepted for a period of 6 weeks following the annual conference.

Executive-Board Student Representatives

Dolores Christensen
Springfield College
Dolores Christensen was born and raised in Northern California. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and political science from Southern Oregon University and her master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. She is currently a third-year student in the Counseling Psychology PsyD program at Springfield College and has focused her clinical training on collegiate student-athletes as well as mandated populations with substance use issues.

Eric Martin
Michigan State University
Eric grew up in Colorado and was constantly involved in sport. His interest piqued when he took a Sport Psychology course, where he was introduced to a world that he wished he was aware of during his playing career. The basic tenets of Sport Psychology seemed to just click and he knew that his future was in the field. He is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and member of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) research team. His primary research interest lies in motivation in sport, primarily the development and consequences of passion in youth athletes.

Student Delegates

 Nicole Gabana, CC-AASP
Indiana University, Bloomington
Nicole is a 2nd year CC-AASP Ph.D. student in counseling psychology, sport psychology minor, at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is completing her doctoral practicum in the IU Athletic Department as a sport psychology consultant. Nicole graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011 where she rowed for the Division I crew team. In 2013, Nicole obtained her M.S. in counseling from Springfield College (MA), where she worked as an athletic counselor for Division I and III collegiate teams, as well as high school and youth sport.

Joanna Foss
University of Missouri
Joanna is a first year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology with a subspecialty in Sport Psychology at the University of Missouri. Joanna works as a sport psychology graduate assistant in the Mizzou Athletic Department in addition to working in the Health Behaviors Research Lab. Joanna graduated from Marist College in January 2012 after attaining her bachelor's degree in psychology. She also competed on the Division 1 volleyball team at Marist. Joanna then went to the University of Denver to pursue her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology, where she served as a Mental Performance Consultant for a variety of high school level teams.

Stacy Gnacinski
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Stacy L. Gnacinski is a doctoral student in the Laboratory for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence in the Integrated Health Care and Performance unit in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her doctoral line of research revolves broadly around the topic of integrated human performance. More specifically, she is interested in: talent identification and development in elite sport, understanding and enhancing the performance of tactical athletes (e.g., firefighters), and the use of biofeedback to facilitate psychological and physiological recovery among elite athletes. She has also worked as a behavioral coach for the Wellspring Camps weight loss program.

Michael Crumsey
National University
Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He earned Associate degrees in Administration of Justice and Liberal Arts from Long Beach City College in May 1995 and in May 2004. He then went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton in June 1998 followed by a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Studies from Kaplan University in August 2005. Michael is also a September 2009 Torrance, California Homestead Schools, Inc. Vocational Nursing program graduate. Finally, Michael earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in December of 2013. He earned a second Master's degree in Performance Psychology from National University in June of 2015. Michael is also employed as a Mary Star of the Sea High School as an Assistant Varsity Football coach for defensive linemen, defensive backs, and running backs. Michael has an eventual goal of earning an advanced degree (i.e., PhD, PsyD, or etc.).

Alan Chu
University of North Texas
Alan is currently a second-year PhD student in Educational Psychology with a Sport Pedagogy concentration at UNT. He got his master's degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Missouri and worked with its volleyball team as a sport psychology intern. Before that, Alan had lived in his hometown Hong Kong until he finished college as a table tennis athlete at the City University of Hong Kong. Alan is still actively involved in table tennis as the captain at UNT as well as a committee member in the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. His research interests are motivation in sport and exercise among adolescents and young adults.

Courtney Wynne Fisher
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Courtney was born and raised in the Midwest and earned her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM). She is now a 2nd year master's student in the Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence, in the Integrative Health Care & Performance unit, department of Kinesiology at UWM. Courtney's research interests include integrated human performance generally, and specifically the use of performance models of sport for the facilitation of injury rehabilitation. Someday she hopes to work more specifically with an adolescent population through their injury and rehabilitation experiences.

Noelle Menendez
John F. Kennedy University
Noelle was born and raised in Florida. She was constantly surrounded and competitively involved in sports throughout her life. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Florida State University and is currently a sport psychology master's candidate at John F. Kennedy University. Noelle is the newly appointed Sport Psychology Student Association President for her program and thoroughly enjoys working with her internship sport teams. Upon completion of her master's degree, Noelle plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. Her goal is to become a licensed sport psychologist and work with collegiate student-athletes where her primary interest lies. Noelle's interests also include what makes an athlete a champion, leadership, the student-athlete balance, and positive psychology.


Christine Pacewicz
Originally from Long Grove, Illinois, Chrissy received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Elon University. Currently, she is a second year in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Master's program at Minnesota State University - Mankato. Her research interests pertain to the psychological antecedents toward burnout and the social influences of burnout in athletes, exercise psychophysiology, and perfectionism. Currently, she is studying the mediating effects of coping tendencies on the relationship between perfectionism and burnout. Upon completion of the Master's program at MNSU, she plans on earning a doctoral degree in Kinesiology.

Taryn Brandt, CC-AASP
Springfield College
Taryn is currently completing her doctorate in counseling psychology at Springfield College after graduating with her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012. She is a member of the AASP Web Presence Committee and enjoys managing the AASP Twitter account. Her research interests include athletic identity foreclosure, perfectionism and anxiety in aesthetic sports, and athlete transitions. Alongside of her classes and applied work she teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford and Springfield College in courses such as motivation and emotion, and positive psychology.

Angel Brutus
University of the Rockies
Angel Brutus is a certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed professional counselor, distance credentialed counselor, and certified clinical hypnotherapist providing a variety of clinical and performance-related services to youth, adolescent, and adult performers. Currently, she serves as Student Delegate for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology while pursuing her Doctorate of Psychology in Sport and Performance Psychology. Her passion for assisting clients develop coping skills necessary for self-efficacy and resiliency in the face of adversity drives her desire to promote such skillsets within individual, team, and organizational environments.

Lauren DiCredico
University of Denver
Lauren is currently a first year Master's student at the University of Denver studying Sport and Performance Psychology. Born and raised in Massachusetts she chose to pick up and move to Denver to explore her passion for the subject. While completing her bachelor's degree in psychology and minoring in exercise science she created a sport psychology internship for a local baseball program which solidified her interest in pursuing a career in the field. She is eager to begin her duties as an AASP student delegate.


Teri Shigeno
University of Tennessee
Teri was born and raised in Meridian, Idaho. She earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Pacific University in Oregon and her master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College. She is currently a first year doctoral student in the Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior program at the University of Tennessee. Her primary research interest is moral development in sport.


Gabriel Cruz-Maldonado
Iowa State University
Gabriel was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is currently an undergraduate at Iowa State University. He is currently double majoring in Psychology and Pre-Athletic Training. If accepted into the Athletic Training Program, he will be able to interact directly with Division I athletes from Iowa State University. After he is done with his BS, Gabriel intends to enter a graduate program that specializes in Sport Psychology. As a future sport psychologist, Gabriel would like to improve the quality of life and play of the athletes involved with him.

Melissa Dix
Northern Illinois University
Melissa is currently a graduate teaching assistant at Northern Illinois University (NIU). She is in her last semester of her graduate studies (MS Sport and Exercise Psychology). She received a B. S. in Exercise Science from NIU. Prior to accepting the offer to be a graduate assistant Melissa was employed at the Rock River Valley YMCA as the Wellness Director and a Fitness instructor. Before returning to higher education, Melissa held dual careers as a heavy equipment operator and as an Army reservist. She deployed to Afghanistan from 2006 to 2007. Melissa is a member the AASP Military Performance SIG. She is currently working on completing her thesis (Self-Efficacy of soldiers in performance situations) and instructs various undergraduate courses at NIU. In addition to academic endeavors Melissa enjoys training for various running races, camping with her husband Robert and their dogs Drake and Sophie.

Sommer Christie
University of Calgary
Sommer Christie is a professional Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), official service provider for the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary. Sommer ’s doctoral research will investigate whether biofeedback and neurofeedback training improves an athlete’s ability to self-regulate physiologically (arousal) and neurologically (attention), and therefore enhance sport performance. Currently, she is working as a Mental Performance Consultant and her main focus is to facilitate the enhancement of performance through mental skills training. She works with multiple athletes/performers/coaches competing at different levels.

J. Davis VanderVeen
Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
Davis is a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). He graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2013, where he played for and captained the D-III tennis team. Davis' interest in sports psychology began while trying to understand how two athletes of seemingly identical skill levels so often have different performance outcomes. He works in the Impulsivity Neuroscience Laboratory with interests in mood and personality effects on alcohol consumption and personality predictors of athletic performance.


Phil Imholte
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Phil received his bachelor's in communication studies and mass communication at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and is now enjoying his first year in the sport and exercise psychology master's program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to coursework, he coached collegiate baseball, works in online marketing, and interviews musicians on performance psychology. Phil's current research focus is athlete leadership in professional baseball.

Travis Loughran
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Travis is originally from Buffalo, New York. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Clemson University and his master's degree in psychology from Medaille College. He is currently a 3rd year graduate student in UNLV's clinical psychology Ph.D. program and is the Research Coordinator for the Family Research & Services lab. His clinical experiences include the evidenced based treatment of substance use disorders and optimizing performance in athletes. His research interests include sport performance factors, scale development, evidenced-based treatments, and substance use in student-athletes

Matthew Gonzalez
San Jose State University
Matthew Gonzalez grew up in Modesto, CA and completed his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University in 2014. He is currently a first year master's student in the Kinesiology department at San Jose State University where he splits time between taking courses, instructing Kinesiology undergraduate students, and serving as a research assistant in the Psychology department. His primary interest is exploring the potential magnitude of vicarious traumatization in athletes who have been recently exposed to a teammate's catastrophic injury. He hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in either Kinesiology or Counseling Psychology after completing his master's degree.

Megan Cooke
Barry University
Megan is a 2nd year Master's student at Barry University, completing a degree in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. She is originally from Virginia Beach, VA and earned her bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Sociology from The College of William and Mary in 2011. Her current interests lie within exercise and wellness. She is a member of the Health and Exercise Psychology SIG and also works in the fitness industry. As a professional, her goal is to help clients achieve their personal health and wellness goals - physically, mentally and emotionally

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