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

Eric Martin
Michigan State University

Student Delegates

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 student in the Counseling Psychology PsyD program at Springfield College. She works with a variety of athletes who are mandated to counseling for substance use issues as an Alcohol and Other Drug Clinician in the Springfield College Counseling Center.

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 third 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.

 Nicole Gabana
Indiana University, Bloomington
Nicole is a 2nd year 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.

Bill Way
Ithaca College
Bill is completing his second year as an AASP Student Delegate, and is currently the chair of the Internship and Practicum Database student initiative. Having created and completed a year-long internship as a mental skills coach in a high school athletics department, he has learned a lot about what it takes to get a "foot in the door" with early-career applied consulting experience. Bill recently completed a master's degree in exercise and sport science at Ithaca College. His thesis study explored the experiential impact of physical activity within the transition to adulthood.

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.


Bob Hoople
Argosy University
Bob Hoople is currently in the final stages of completing his dissertation as a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. Bob works with high school and college athletes in hopes of maximizing their athletic potential. He chairs the AASP Student Facebook Group/AASP Student Website Committee and also teaches psychology at four campuses in the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana system, along with teaching the same subject at Fortis College. Bob's sports consulting interests include: working with golfers specifically, but also individual sport athletes, sport-specific anxieties and confidence levels.

Hannah Bennett
Middle Tennessee State University
Hi everyone! I'm currently a doctoral student at Middle Tennessee State University in the Health and Human Performance department. Here, I have the pleasure of teaching undergraduates in the physical education teacher education program and also guest lecture within the sport and exercise psychology course. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2010 and earned my master's degree in sport and exercise psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2012. Currently, my interest lies in the LGBT community and the issues faced by those who identify, whether outspoken or not, as LGBT athletes.

Urska Dobersek
Florida State University
Urska Dobersek is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University with a specialization in Sport Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology in 2007 and her M.A. in General/Experimental Psychology in 2009 at McNeese State University. She spent many years on the tennis court, either playing at the collegiate or professional level. After retiring from tennis, her motives shifted to teaching, doing research, performance enhancement consulting, and coaching. Her primary research interests include self-objectification, self-esteem, social physique anxiety, body image, and motives for exercise from social, cognitive, emotional, and physiological perspectives.

Elena Holler
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
I am a second year graduate student in the Sport and Exercise Pedagogy Program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. My research interests include athletic injury and rehabilitation, group/team dynamics, and exercise adherence. I recently wrapped up a research project with a professor, focusing on the effects of exercise on cognition in children with ADHD. I will also begin another research project this fall, with the help of a wonderful AASP grant, looking at the difference between exercising outside versus inside and the environment's effect on cognition.


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

Taryn Brandt
Springfield College
I am currently completing my doctorate in counseling psychology at Springfield College after graduating with my M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012- yes I am destined to be a lifelong student! I am a member of the AASP Web Presence Committee and enjoy managing the AASP Twitter account. My research interests include athletic identity foreclosure, perfectionism and anxiety in aesthetic sports, and athlete transitions. Alongside of my classes and applied work I teach as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford and Springfield College; teaching 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.

Brian Souza
Oregon State University
I am a PhD student at Oregon State University in exercise and sport science with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology. I am also completing a graduate certificate in public health. My BS (applied exercise science) and MS (sport and exercise psychology) are from Springfield College. I am broadly interested in examining self-perceptions and motivation for physical activity and other health behaviors through a social ecological perspective. A second area of interest is health-based versus weight-based programs for public and personal health.


Brian Avila
California State University, Fullerton
I received my Bachelor ’s Degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, and I am currently in my final year as a kinesiology graduate student. In addition to my work with the Sport Psychology Club, I have been involved with the Step Up program and Active Minds. Active Minds is an organization that promotes positive mental health, educates students about the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, and encourages students to reach out for help when needed. I am currently working on my thesis, which looks at the effect of imagery on strength and power.


Weston Durham
Lubbock Christian University

Daniel Palac
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Daniel received his BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently studying to receive his MA in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Sport has always been a large part of Daniel’s life, which stirred his interest in performance and health psychology. An area of research that Daniel is interested in is exercise adherence and cognitive functioning. Next fall, Daniel will be returning to study exercise physiology at the doctoral level at UIUC.

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.

Hamish Cox
Cardiff Metropolitan University
I am a second year PhD student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales. I completed a Bachelor of Science (Applied Sport and Exercise Science) and Master’s degree (Sport Psychology) at Loughborough University. My current research focuses on the development and implementation of a resilience training program for adolescent golfers. The program is based around developing resiliency-based life skills, with the aim of transferring them to life outside of sport. Alongside my PhD I am also training to become an applied consultant, being involved in providing sport psychology support to individual athletes and teams within golf, rugby and athletics.

Adisa Haznadar
Springfield College
Adisa Haznadar is currently enrolled in in the doctorate program in Counseling Psychology (concentration: Athletic Counseling) at Springfield College. She received her Bachelor in Psychology at the University of Sarajevo in 2009. After obtaining her Bachelor degree, she obtained an M.S. from the University of Leipzig in Diagnostics and Intervention. She has worked with different populations, including students and athletes, on different topics such as career transitions, the rehabilitation process, life transitions, and mental skills training. Her specific area of interest and current research area is psychological skills and their implementation; mainly self-talk.

Jordan Schaeffer
University of Wollongong
My name is Jordan Schaefer; I am currently completing my Honours year in a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia. My interest in Sport Psychology developed while playing competitive golf in high school, I actually saw a Sport Psychologist for two years. The impact he had on my golf and overall life was considerable. After putting aside aspirations of becoming a golf professional I turned my focus to the psychology behind high performance in sport as it had always fascinated me. My goal is to be able to help people of all abilities reach their full potential both on and off the playing field.

Rachel Walker
Springfield College
Rachel grew up in the mountains of Whistler, British Columbia where she insisted on being an alpine ski racer. After missing selection onto the Canadian National Ski Team, Rachel decided to pursue her education while still competing as a D-I athlete. Rachel received her M.Sc. in Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and moved into coaching ski racing. Rachel is currently in her 4th year at Springfield College where she started with her Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and is now pursuing her second year in the PsyD in the Counseling Psychology/Athletic Counseling program.

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