The AASP Student Delegate position is a 1- or 2-year commitment. Student Delegates must be current members of AASP. Delegates are responsible for participating in their assigned Student Initiative(s), providing support at student programming during the Annual Conference (e.g., Student Open meeting, joining the Twitter Team, etc) if in attendance, participating in the AASP Student Facebook group, and other duties as assigned by the current Executive Board Student Representatives.
To apply for a Student Delegate position, submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 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.
Executive Board Student Representatives
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.
University of Missouri
Joanna Foss is a 3rd year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology with a subspecialty in Sport Psychology at the University of Missouri. Joanna currently works as a Psychological Trainee in the University of Missouri Counseling Center and as a Mental Performance Coach in the University of Missouri Athletic Department. Joanna received her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2014 and her B.A. in Psychology from Marist College in 2012, where she competed as a member of the intercollegiate Volleyball team. Joanna was first exposed to sport psychology through an internship in the Center for Enhanced Performance at West Point during her undergraduate training, and she has been immersed in the field ever since. Joanna’s current research interest include the psychology of injury, fear and anxiety management, and performance enhancement in collegiate athletics.
University of Missouri
Eric Biener began his doctoral studies in educational psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology at the University of Missouri in 2015. Prior to Mizzou, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in sports & fitness and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in exercise physiology. Before returning to school, he spent the previous ten years coaching as a part of the University of North Carolina’s strength and conditioning staff. Eric’s research interests focus on the mental aspects affecting performance excellence (including mental toughness and resilience), as well as the coaches’ role in developing them.
Chelsey is a second year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Sport and Performance Psychology at Boston University. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Chelsey completed her master’s at Boston University in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Sport and Performance Psychology and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on college students and explores the effects of victimization on substance use, anxiety, physical health, and wellbeing. She is currently researching the role of athletes as effective bystanders in instances of sexual violence. Chelsey strives to integrate her research knowledge into her clinical work with collegiate student-athletes.
University of Kansas
Jake Chamberlin is currently an undergraduate at the University of Kansas. He is majoring in Psychology with minors in Business and Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology. At the University of Kansas, he is an undergraduate intern in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab, as well as the President of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Club. After he graduates he hopes to continue his education and enroll in a Sport Psychology graduate program.
University of North Texas
Alan is currently a fourth-year PhD student in Educational Psychology with a Sport Pedagogy concentration at the University of North Texas. He works with the school’s NCAA Women’s Volleyball as a sport psychology consultant. He got his master's degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Missouri. 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 Coaching Committee Chair of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. His research interests are motivation in sport and exercise among adolescents and young adults based on self-determination theory and achievement goal theories.
Jen B. Ciaccio
Jen Ciaccio is originally from Chicago, Illinois and is a third-year doctoral student in the Psychology of Human Movement program in the Department of Kinesiology at Temple University, Philadelphia. Her doctoral research broadly covers various topics within exercise psychology. More specifically, she is interested in the development of character traits that can predict achievement (i.e. self-control, grit, habit, resilience) and their potential impact on motivation, adherence, mental health and goal achievement in exercise and life. In addition, Jen seeks ways to collaborate with campus partners to expose students to the global physical inactivity issue and ways to combat it on their campus.
University of Missouri
Mike Clark is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee studying counseling psychology. Mike earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology from the University of Missouri in the spring of 2016. Mike graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University in the spring of 2014. During his time at State, Mike competed with the cross country and track and field teams. Mike’s research interests include mental performance, adjustment concerns, and the study of men and masculinities within the student athlete population.
University of Notre Dame
Erin Coscia is a senior at the University of Notre Dame and will be graduating in the Spring (2017) with a Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Health/Psychology. She became interested in Sports Psychology while competing in Olympic-Style Pistol Shooting, a sport which relies heavily on the mental side of sports performance; having competed in the 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Trials for Air Pistol and Sport Pistol. She has also competed as a member of the Notre Dame Women’s Varsity Rowing Team (2013-2016) and Notre Dame Varsity Fencing Team (Epee) (2016-2017). At this time, Erin’s primary sports focus is Modern Pentathlon, having competed in the US Nationals (2016) and looking forward to potential international competition in the future. Erin plans to follow a career in Sports Medicine or Sports Psychology in the future.
Iowa State University
Gabriel was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is currently an undergraduate student at Iowa State University. He is studying Psychology and Kinesiology in Pre-Health Professions with a specialty in Sport Psychology. After graduation, he intends to apply to sport psychology graduate programs. Gabriel would also like to focus on the performance Enhancement area of sport psychology as well as some counseling or clinical psychology.
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Joel Druvenga is a doctoral student of Kinesiology through University of North Carolina-Greensboro while also being employed as a Master Resilience Trainer – Performance Expert with Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness. He has worked with CSF2 for four years including being a three-time member of the Warrior Games team working with wounded, ill, or injured soldiers. He also is an intern with Kansas State Athletics responsible for the Mental Training Lab during evenings. He earned his bachelor’s in Psychology at Central College (IA) and master’s degree from Boston University. His interests include demonstrating effectiveness of sport psychology to military and athletic populations, especially when time is limited.
George Mason University
Jordan is currently a second-year Ph.D. student studying Educational Psychology at George Mason University. At Mason, Jordan works as a research assistant and teaches undergraduate Sport Psychology courses. He received a B.S. in Education followed by an M.S. in Kinesiology and Health with a focus on Psychosocial Sport Studies from Miami University of Ohio. Jordan was a D-1 collegiate decathlete, and then coached Track and Field at the college level for 3 years. Jordan’s research interests are at the intersection between Sport Psychology and Educational Psychology, and focuses on applications of Self-Regulated Learning theory, Self-Determination Theory, the Coach-Athlete Relationship and teaching in the Sport Psychology classroom.
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.
Minnesota State University
Phil Imholte is completing his second-year in the sport and exercise psychology master's program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to coursework, he works as a graduate teaching assistant and consults via the The Center for Sport & Performance Psychology. Phil also conducts research on athlete leadership in minor league baseball and volunteers as a university baseball coach.
California State University, Long Beach
Carra Johnson was born and raised in San Diego, California. She attended the University of Southern California (the real USC) and competed on the women's rowing, rugby, and lacrosse teams. She then earned an M.A. in Physical Education from Prairie View A&M University, where she also worked as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant, followed by an M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Long Beach State University. She is currently in her first year of the Sport and Exercise Psychology PhD program at West Virginia University. Her primary research interests are anger and aggression amongst athletes.
Rosalind Franklin University
Jacey Keeney is a fourth-year Clinical Health Psychology PhD student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. Jacey’s research interests include examining the presence of eating disorders in athletes, understanding the changes in mood, eating, and physical activity following retirement from organized athletics, and identifying the principal motives of physical activity among emerging adults. Her clinical interests include working with high school and undergraduate athletes with eating disorders, as well as adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety. In her free time, Jacey enjoys running, playing basketball and volleyball, and spending time with her friends and family.
Greg Kuras is completing his second year in the Athletic Counseling program at Springfield College (MA). Originally from Davidson, North Carolina, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Furman University in South Carolina in 2014. Greg currently serves as the chair of the Undergraduate Connections Committee, which he began in 2015 to improve the experience of undergraduate students attempting to pursue additional education on the graduate level and attending AASP Conferences.
University of North Texas
Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois while competing with the Fighting Illini Triathlon Team. Daniel is currently a second-year master’s student in kinesiology with a concentration in sport psychology at the University of North Texas. His research interests include using music to facilitate adherence to exercise. Following the master’s program, Daniel will continue on to a counseling psychology program and begin consulting as a metal skills consultant for collegiate athletes.
Ithaca College - New York
Zach McCarver is currently a first-year Master’s student at Ithaca College (NY) pursuing a degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Previously, he attended Minnesota State University, Mankato (MN) where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Zach was first exposed to Sport Psychology in his undergraduate career. Through his initial exposure, he was fortunate enough to partake in a variety of Sport Psychology experiences under great mentorship. In addition, Zach am planning on pursuing a Doctorate degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences in the future.
Taylor McCavanagh played collegiate soccer at Binghamton University, while earning her bachelor's degree in Human Development with a concentration in Psychology. She then obtained her master's degree in Movement Science with a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology at Barry University in Florida. She is currently a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program with an Athletic Counseling concentration at Springfield College (MA). Her research interests are geared toward athletic injury and identity. Taylor has recently reached full CC-AASP status.
Georgia Southern University
Nick McMillen is a first-year master’s student at Georgia Southern University studying sport and exercise psychology. Prior to Georgia Southern University, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology while also coaching gymnasts from levels 1-8. After Nick receives his master’s degree, he wants to continue his education by attending a doctoral program in either counseling psychology or sport and exercise psychology. Nick has several interests in sport psychology, including mindfulness, mental blocks (i.e., type I and II yips, and Lost Move Syndrome), sport-confidence, motivation, and mental toughness. Specifically, Nick’s thesis addresses how mindfulness affects rumination and perfectionism in athletes.
University of New Mexico
Edria Mitchem is in her last semester of a master’s in science degree in Physical Education with a Sport Administration concentration at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on sexual aggression and male athletes as well as social justice issues involved in sport. Edria was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Student Support and Advocacy Chair for all the graduate students at the University of New Mexico up to this semester; she is now the Chair of AASP’s new Social Justice Initiative. After she graduates in May, she will get another master’s degree in Counseling and then plans to get her Ph.D. in counseling while also becoming a certified sport psychology consultant.
John F. Kennedy University
Drew Morgan is in his second year of studies at John F. Kennedy University where he is working towards a masters degree in sport psychology as well as a masters in business administration. Drew also works part time for JFK University’s LEAP program, an initiative that teaches sport psychology techniques to underserved youth in the form of life skills around the San Fransisco Bay Area. He is currently working on his thesis which is investigating the effectiveness of heart rate variability training on collegiate and high school aged golfers. Drew is a native of the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid fan of all D.C. based sport teams, go Redskins!
Matt Powless is a thjrd-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Indiana University working towards a minor in Sport and Performance Psychology. Matt has a master’s degree in Counseling and Counselor Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from Indiana University. His current research interests include career and identity development of student athletes. Additionally, Matt was an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling team for four years.
Cooper Prindl is currently in his undergraduate studies at Marquette University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Health Studies. Cooper is a part of the Marquette Club Baseball team as well, where he integrates Sports Psychology into the team training. Cooper also has a keen interest in youth sports as he sees developing confidence and the Sport Psychology to succeed at a young age, greatly beneficial. After completion of his degree in Psychology, Cooper hopes to continue to expand his work in the field of Sports Psychology.
University of Missouri
Patrick was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He earned a bachelor degree in Psychology from Eckerd College in Florida. After graduation he worked as an animal trainer at SeaWorld for three years before returning to school. He earned his first masters degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Sport Psychology at the University of Missouri. He is now a first year master’s student at the West Virginia University studying Athletic Coaching Education. His primary interests include coaching education, athlete motivation, and athlete moral development.
University of the Rockies
Brian Rutz was born and raised in Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his master’s degree in Education from the University of Saint Mary (KS). Brian is currently working on his master’s degree in Performance and Sports Psychology at the University of the Rockies. Brian currently works with children with mental and behavior issues and is a basketball coach at a Division III school in Milwaukee.
Travis Scheadler is an undergraduate student at Wilmington College (OH) majoring in Psychology. Travis competes in Track & Field and is a Certified Personal Trainer. At Wilmington, he is a Resident Assistant, representative of the Student Government Association, and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Travis has interned at the National Sports Performance Institute in Tampa, FL. He plans on graduating from Wilmington College in May 2018 and begin graduate school in August 2018 to study sport and performance psychology.
Ball State University
Andy Walsh was born and raised in small-town Clinton, Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College (IN) while playing football, basketball, and track. He is currently a third-year master’s student at Ball State University (IN) pursuing an M.A. in Counseling and an M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He has provided mental skills training to various collegiate athletic teams at multiple schools and also has consulted with the general college student population, and he currently serves as a counseling intern in Butler University's Counseling Center. His interests are in athletic identity and gender norms in college athletics and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.