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AASP West Regional Conference Agenda


Friday, April 21

Noon - 6:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Pre-Conference Workshop by Dr. Cleere: The Critical Role the Triad Plays in an Athlete's Success - Coach/Parent/Tween ($25 additional fee)
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.   Welcome Remarks by Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius, Chair of Sport Psychology and Brandon Grays (student coordinator)
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Being Our Best Selves: Diversity and Inclusion in Sports, by Dr. Maureen Smith
4:00 - 4:55 p.m. Failing Forward Panel, by Dr. Allie Wagener, Dr. Julie Wiernik, Dr. Sari Shippherd, Dr. Paul Dennis, and Dr. Cleere (moderator)
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Breakout Session I:

  • Exercise and Mental Health by Dr. Alvin McLean
  • Mental Training for High-Performance Athletes by Dr. Paul Dennis
5:35 - 6:05 p.m.

Breakout Session II:

  • Strike While the Iron is Hot: Four Emerging Trends in Sport Psychology by Dr. Sari Shepphird
  • My Career as a Clinical Sport Psychologist: Insights, Obstacles, and New Directions by Dr. Julie Wiernik
6:15 - 7:45 p.m.  Keynote Presentation by Dr. Karen Cogan, USOC: When Olympic Medals Are on the Line, Even the Sport Psychologist Must be on
8:00 p.m.   Networking Event – Behind the Plate Clubhouse Grill 528 Center Ave, Martinez, CA 94553

Saturday, April 22

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.    Breakfast/Check-in
8:30 - 8:35 a.m.  Morning Remarks by Bryanna Bruger
8:35 - 9:35 a.m. Workshop: The Impact of Inequality in Sports on Performance for Female Athletes in the USA by Mary Foston-English and Dr. Joan Steidinger
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.  Keynote Presentation by Dr. Michael Sachs:
Exercise and Sport Psychology: To Infinity and Beyond
11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Research Presentations:

  • Elizabeth Best, Student
  • Deborah Osteen-Munch, Mental Skills Consultant
  • Akasia J-Riggins, Student
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch – sponsored by Kinders  Dan Ourian (LEAP Coordinator)
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session I:

  • Throws Like a Girl: A Female Sport Psychology Consultant's Experience in the MLB and beyond by Hannah Thurley, MS (NY Giants/Mets)
  • Athletes and Eating Disorders: Learning the Specialty by Dr. Jennifer Carter (OSU Lead Sport Psychologist)
2:40 - 3:50 p.m.

Research Presentations:

  • Samantha Browne
  • Rodriguez, Kenley, Ede, Galvan, Gray
  • Drew Morgan
  • Dustin Venz
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Mitch Abrams: The Truth About Sexual Assault & Athletes – The Real Problem & The Comprehensive Solution

5:30 - 5:45 p.m. Closing Remarks/Thank you to Supporters by Elizabeth Best, (SPSA President)