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 doctoral student in Counseling Psychology with a subspecialty in Sport Psychology at the University of Missouri. 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 is currently in her second year as an AASP Student Delegate. She is Chair of the Graduate Program Fair Initiative and Co-Chair of the Performance Excellence Movement Initiative (PEM). Additionally, she has served as a mentor for the Mentorship Match Program and is a member of the Research Development Committee. Joanna also received the 2014 AASP Student Diversity Award for her work with Latino youth from lower socioeconomic strata. While pursuing her Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, Joanna co-designed and implemented a sustainable comprehensive performance psychology program including service provision to all teams, parent and coaching education, and leadership sessions with team captains.
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 Bowman is a first-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, as well as the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion on athletic performance. Chelsey strives to integrate her research knowledge into her clinical work with collegiate student-athletes.
California State University, Fullerton
Zach Brandon is currently a second-year master's student at California State University, Fullerton earning his degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport Psychology. Prior to CSUF, Zach attained his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Linfield College (OR) in 2014. He also played baseball while attending Linfield and was a starting pitcher for their 2013 DIII National Championship team. Following his time at CSUF, Zach hopes to pursue a doctorate degree and someday teach in a university setting along with providing mental training services to individuals, teams, and other performers. His research interests are geared toward coaching education and group dynamics factors.
University of the Rockies
Angel Brutus is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), holds certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and a distance credentialed counselor (DCC). She provides counseling and therapy services to adolescents, emerging adults, and business professionals in her Atlanta-based office and also travels for private contracts. Angel earned her bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in African and African-American Studies and her master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies. Her dissertation addresses the effects of stereotype threat on multiracial student-athletes.
University of North Texas
Alan is currently a third-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 second-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 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 Missouri
Mike Clark is a second-year master’s student at the University of Missouri studying counseling psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology. 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. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Mike plans to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. Mike’s research interests include mental performance, adjustment concerns and substance abuse within the student athlete population.
University of Northern Colorado
Joshua Coon is a fourth-year doctoral student in Exercise Science: Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Northern Colorado. He has a master’s degree in Counseling (Clinical) from Denver Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science (Physiology focus) from Fort Lewis College (CO). His research interests include: meaning in life, coaching, mood state, and psychology of running. He has also been a head cross-country coach at both the high school and NCAA level. When not studying, he can be found playing in the mountains of Colorado with his wife and two kids.
Michael earned two Associate degrees from Long Beach City College and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU, Fullerton, followed by a Post Baccalaureate certificate from Kaplan University. Michael is also a September 2009 Homestead Schools, Inc Vocational Nursing program graduate. Michael additionally earned two Master of Arts degrees from Azusa Pacific University and National University. Michael is currently earning a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration beginning February 2016 at National University. Michael has paid and volunteer experience as a Mary Star of the Sea high school assistant varsity football coach. Finally, Michael is employed as a NCAA, NAIA & JUCO Certified Collegiate Recruiting Specialist and Scout with Athletes For College, Inc., and he has an eventual goal of earning a Vocal and Performance music degree.
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 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.
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.
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.
University of Limerick, Ireland
Brett Gordon is a doctoral student studying sport psychology in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department of the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s of Science Education in athletic training, with an exercise physiology minor at the University of Miami, and his master’s of Science in kinesiology at Temple University (PA). He worked as an athletic trainer at Hawaii Pacific University, and ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World. His doctoral research concerns itself with the psychophysiological effects of competition in extreme environments, particularly in motorsport and other high-risk sports.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Courtney Hess earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her research interests broadly include integrated human performance and the facilitation of an integrated approach to athlete or patient care. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the psychological aspects of injury and rehabilitation within adolescent and youth populations diagnosed with chronic disease and disability. In practice, Courtney desires to employ an integrated approach with those children and their families to develop psychological skills in an effort to improve outcomes and experiences for the child and family as they navigate disease and disability.
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), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and competed on the women's rowing, rugby, and lacrosse teams. She then earned an master’s degree in Physical Education from Prairie View A&M University (TX), where she also worked as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant. Carra is now completing an M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. Her primary research interests are anger and aggression amongst athletes, and she hopes to help athletes reduce their experiences with both.
Greg Kuras is a first-year master’s student in the Athletic Counseling program at Springfield College (MA), where he currently works with student-athletes on campus. Originally from Davidson, North Carolina, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Furman University in South Carolina in 2014, where he also worked within the athletic department. As an AASP Student Delegate, Greg serves as the chair of the Undergraduate Connections Committee and hopes to improve the overall experience of undergraduate students attending future AASP conferences.
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.
University of North Texas
Daniel Marshall was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois while competing with the Fighting Illini Triathlon Team. Daniel is currently a first-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 Ph.D. program and begin consulting as a metal skills coach for collegiate athletes.
Retreat at Lancaster County
Jennifer A. Michalski is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in sport and performance. Jennifer graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA), where she captained the cross-country team and was named to the All-PAC Academic team. Jennifer’s competitive nature and devotion to helping others drives her to continue her academic endeavors. Currently, Jennifer manages the Outreach department at Retreat at Lancaster County, coordinating discharge plans for those with substance abuse issues. Jennifer balances the demands of work and school with competing in Ironman competitions, hiking, and spending time with her family.
John F. Kennedy University
Noelle Menendez 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 finishing up her master’s degree at John F. Kennedy University (CA). Noelle is currently working on her thesis, primarily exploring and understanding how women sport psychology professionals have gained entry working with college student athletes. Upon completion of her master's degree, Noelle plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Sport Psychology. Her goal is to work with collegiate athletics, facilitating the student athletes’ personal development and performance. Noelle's interests also include positive psychology, mindfulness, and leadership.
Matt Powless is a second-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 and before becoming a doctoral student, Matt was an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling team for three years, where he still serves as a volunteer coach.
University of Missouri
Patrick Reed was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eckerd College in Florida. He is currently a second-year master’s student at the University of Missouri studying Counseling Psychology specializing in Sport Psychology. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree after the completion of his master’s degree. His primary interests include optimal performance, positive coaching, and moral development in sport.
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 a second year undergraduate student at Wilmington College (OH) majoring in Psychology and Exercise Science. Travis competes in Track & Field and is a Certified Personal Trainer. At Wilmington, he is a Resident Assistant and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Travis plans on graduating from Wilmington College in May 2018 and begin graduate school in August 2018 to study sport and performance psychology. His interests include performance enhancement, leadership, coaching, stigma, and motivation.
University of Tennessee
Teri Shigeno 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 (MA). She is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior program at the University of Tennessee. Her primary research interest is in morality in sport. Specifically, she is interested in why athletes choose to engage certain behaviors in sport, and what contextual factors influence those decisions.
University of Memphis
Lindsey Swanson Schriefer played collegiate softball at Georgia College & State University while earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then obtained her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. After working in a mental health hospital for a year, Lindsey moved to Memphis to pursue her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis, where her focus has been on collegiate student-athletes. Lindsey is currently a doctoral intern at the Utah State University Counseling Center where she works with the general college population as well as student-athletes and the softball team under the supervision of Dr. Rich Gordin.
Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
Davis VanderVeen is a third-year 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 bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2013, where he played for and captained the D-III tennis team. Davis’ interest in sport 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 substance use behaviors and personality predictors of athletic performance.
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 second-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. His interests are in athletic identity and gender norms in college athletics and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.