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Dr. Alison Rhodius

Dr. Alison Rhodius
Department Chair
John F. Kennedy University
(925) 969-3414

Alison is the Chair of the Sport Psychology Program and has been at JFK University since 2000. During that time she held the position of Research Director for Sport Psychology for 11 years which involved chairing all the MA theses and guiding the students through this process. In addition to now chairing the program, she currently teaches the Sport Psychology A and B classes on-site and online, runs some of the group supervision classes, and is one of the AASP-certified supervisors for the interns’ fieldwork experiences. For several years she also taught the Dissertation Proposal I, I and III sequence for the PsyD Program and was on the dissertation committees of several students. She is the contact faculty for the two dual degrees: MA (Sport Psychology)/PsyD Program and the MA/MBA, plus the Exercise and Sport Performance certificate. Alison also guides the students through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification process.

She was BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) accredited from 1996-2004, then was the first person to get AASP certification status in 2004 through the reciprocal agreement between BASES and AASP. In the UK, she was a “Chartered Psychologist” of the British Psychological Society (2006-2012), in the British Olympic Association’s Sport Psychology advisory group, and in the U.S. has been a member of the Sport Psychology Registry of the United States Olympic Committee since 2005.

Current committee membership outside of JFK University includes: APA Div 47: Education and Training, the Coalition for the Advancement of Graduate Training, including their Supervised/Mentored Applied Training Experiences Subgroup, and AASP’s Dorothy Harris Award Committee.

She regularly presents at the AASP annual conferences and in 2012 presented in the UK at both the BPS and ICSEMIS/IOC conferences. She has recently been asked to author two books, is co-writing three book chapters for different books, and is the host of an exciting new interview project called Wee Chats with Brilliant People.

She has her own private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with athletes and coaches from all sports, and specializes in understanding elite individual performance needs. She worked with the British archery team for many years and has worked with both the U.S. team and the team from India since moving to the U.S. in 2000. She has traveled the world working with athletes and coaches. 2004 was a monumental year for Alison and involved traveling to India, Thailand, Italy, Turkey and Greece to work with elite archers from three different countries at the same time. At the Olympic Games in Athens, she worked with the US team and the British number one archer who won the bronze medal. In 2004, she received the ‘Outstanding achievement award’ from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is currently listed on the University's website as "distinguished faculty" highlighting her applied work.

In her spare time she likes to hike, take photos, play tennis, eat curry, watch films and look at giraffes.




B.Sc., (Hons.), Psychology, University of Stirling
M.Sc. (with distinction), Sport Science, Liverpool John Moores University
Ph.D., Sport Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University