Hannah Thurley, MS
Mental Health Performance Coach at SportStrata
Hannah earned an undergraduate degree in exercise science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was a Division I student-athlete in both basketball and softball. She went on to earn a master's degree with a concentration in sport psychology and motor behavior from the University of Tennessee. She has experience working with Division I collegiate athletes, professional junior golfers, and most recently, finished working with the mental conditioning team of the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB organization. Hannah is now a mental performance coach at SportStrata in New York. SportsStata was founded by Dr. Jonathan Fader who is the head sport psychologist for the New York Mets and the New York Giants.
Dr. Jen Carter:
Lead Sport Psychologist and Assistant Professor, Clinical, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at Ohio State University.
Dr. Jen Carter's experience in the sport of swimming drove her to a career in sport psychology. She is the lead sport psychologist at Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, and clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral health in the OSU Wexner Medical Center. In this role, she provides mental health and performance psychology counseling to OSU athletes, road warriors, sports medicine patients, clients with body image issues, and individuals in the community. Dr. Carter is a counseling psychologist with specialties in sport psychology and eating disorders. She strives to help adults and adolescents achieve peak performance in multiple life domains.
Dr. Karen D. Cogan
Senior Sport Psychologist at United States Olympic Committee
Dr. Karen Cogan is a licensed psychologist and certified consultant, AASP (CC, AASP). She currently works on the U.S. Olympic committee as the sport psychologist for acrobat and combat sports. She has consulted with numerous athletes and teams, including the U.S. freestyle mogul ski team, the U.S. Taekwondo team, the University of North Texas Athletic Department, and athletes through her private practice. She attended six Olympic Games as the sport psychology consultant for several Olympic medalists and their coaches. Karen obtained her PhD in counseling psychology from Ohio State University and completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her MS in kinesiology (sport psychology emphasis) and BA in psychology, both from UCLA.
Dr. Michael Sachs
Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, Temple University
Dr. Michael Sachs is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He received his PhD in sport psychology from Florida State University. Michael is an associate editor of "Psychology of Running," a co-editor of "Running as Therapy: An Integrated Approach," anda co-editor of the "Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology" 11th edition published by AASP (the Association for Applied Sport Psychology).He also co-wrote "The Total Sports Experience for Kids: A Parents' Guide to Success in Youth Sports." Michael is a certified consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Dr. Mitch Abrams
Sport psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Owner of Learned Excellence for Athletes
Dr. Mitch Abrams is a sport psychologist and expert in anger and violence in sports. His book, aptly titled "Anger Management in Sport – Understanding and Controlling Violence in Sports," is the only tome on the market that not only describes the problem of violence in sport, but also provides the how-to of teaching athletes, coaches, and parents to use their anger to help performance, rather than engaging in behavior that they will regret. Related to this work, Dr. Abrams has also been a pioneer in sexual assault and dating violence prevention, with specific focus on athlete populations, developing the Abrams Model of Sexual Assault Prevention.
Dr. Paul Dennis
Professor, University of Toronto
Paul Dennis spent 20 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs as their player development coach. His primary role was to assist athletes and coaches in their mental preparation. He also worked with the NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, and the Major League Soccer team, Toronto FC. He is currently an advisor to the Ontario Hockey League, Hockey Canada, and he lectures in sport psychology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Sari Shapphird
Licensed Psychologist, founder of Sport & Perform
Dr. Sari Shepphird is a licensed psychologist, award-winning author, consultant, and educator. She is the founder of Sport & Perform, a high-performance consulting practice wherein she works with performers of the highest abilities, from professional and elite athletes, to performing artists, to Fortune 500 executives. Dr. Shepphird is a leader in sport and performance psychology, chairing local, state, and national committees in the field. In addition to her work as a sport and performance psychologist, she provides psychotherapy to teens, adults, and couples on a range of issues and is a noted eating disorder specialist.