Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius, Chair of the Sport Psychology program, has been in the field since 1993 after completing her Master’s in Sport Science in the United Kingdom. She has traveled the world working with Olympic and World-class elite athletes from many different sports. 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, after receiving her PhD in Sport Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University. For Alison, 2004 was a monumental year involving 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 both the US team and the British number one archer who went on to win the bronze medal.
Alison regularly presents at professional conferences and has recently been asked to author two books, has co-written three chapters for different books. She is featured in the Summer 2015 Newsletter for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (see excerpt under "Related Downloads"on the right) and a guest on an episode of WebTalkRadio on reducing stress. Click here to listen to the broadcast.
Dr. Pope-Rhodius' most exciting project is hosting her own online interview series called "Wee Chats with Brilliant People," which explores the mental training techniques that top performers use every day to help them reach and stay at the forefront of their careers.
This is a project that I am passionate about because we get to learn from the best; to get a sense of what we can do to think like a Pro (performer). I’m a firm believer in learning from the very best from all walks of life.
Alison is also passionate about the Sport Psychology program which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
This program was one of the first in the U.S. and by focusing on applied sport psychology we are able to train some of the most innovative and creative individuals; those are the kind of people who are drawn to us. It's incredible that our program enables students from all over the world to take the classes and do internships either here in California, or wherever they are in the world. Right now, in addition to students in the U.S., we have students in the Philippines, Iceland, New Zealand, Germany and Canada. And, our dual degrees (with the MBA and with the PsyD) enable such further flexibility for the students that I'm not sure they could get so many options anywhere else.
Photo credit: Photo of Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius on the University home page is courtesy of Meagan Sarah Photography.