College of Psychology

Stephan Martin

About

Steve is an astronomer, educator, and author who has taught astronomy, physics, and consciousness studies at colleges, universities, and learning centers across the US for over twenty-five years. He has worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope and as Observatory Supervisor at Williams College, where he participated in scientific research expeditions around the world to study the dynamics of the solar corona during solar eclipses. He also served as core faculty in the Consciousness, Healing and Ecology program at New College of California.

While attending the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS, his longstanding interest in the cross-fertilization of science and spirituality led him to write his first book Cosmic Conversations, a collection of interviews on the nature of the universe with leading-edge thinkers from diverse disciplines. His curiosity and academic interests continue to include: investigations of dark matter in galaxies and multidisciplinary and revelatory approaches to exploring the universe. He is currently co-director of the continuing care program at the Center for Spiritual Emergence in Asheville, NC where he assists clients in living more conscious lives from an expansive perspective.

Programs/Courses

  • Cosmology and Consciousness

Selected Publications

Cosmic Conversations: Dialogues on the Nature of the Universe and the Search for Reality. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2009.

Modern Cosmology and Indigenous Wisdom, Shaman’s Drum Journal, 78 (2008).

Credentials & Accolades

BA Physics and Astronomy, Colgate University

MS Physics (Astronomy), University of Wyoming

College of Psychology

Sonia Cristina Hart Suárez

About

Sonia’s research focuses on interdisciplinary methodologies, psychopathology, and psychological knowledge production about Afro-indigenous Latinx populations. Her ethnography and textual/linguistic analyses look at “”cultural concepts of distress”” (CCDs), such as Ataque de Nervios. She documents gendered anti-Black and anti-Indigenous stereotypes carried within the literature on CCDs and related topics. Her work formulates a cross-disciplinary archive of race, gender, science, and psychopathology to reveal how concepts of brujería (Spanish for ‘magic’, or often, ‘witchcraft’) and other examples of non-Western knowledge become pathologized in the existing research and training literature. Sonia also does educational work in the community about the gut-brain connection as a grassroots antidote to the pathologizing stereotypes of “nerves” or “nervios.”

Sonia is a Hellman Foundation fellow for her work on race and gender in biomedical systems of psychopathology. She teaches Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods at JFKU and is completing her PhD at UC Berkeley in the department of Ethnic Studies. Sonia has published research in ethnic studies, social, organizational, and clinical psychology, and studied Counseling Psychology at the doctoral level. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University, not terribly far from her hometown of Cicero, Illinois.

Programs/Courses

  • HCP 5054 Research Methods

College of Psychology

Phillip Post, PhD

  • Online

About

Phillip Post, Ph.D., CMPC, is an adjunct professor at JFKU and is an associate professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology, motor learning, and motor development. Dr. Post is the director of the motor behavior and human performance lab at NMSU, where he examines essential mental skills and motor components associated with effective motor learning and sport performance. He has over 15 research publications examining the effects of imagery and autonomy on motor learning and sport performance. Dr. Post has over 1000 hours of applied sport psychology experience working with professional and collegiate athletes.

Selected Publications

Post, P. G., Young, G., & Simpson, D. (2018). The effects of a PETTLEP imagery intervention on learners’ coincident anticipation timing performance. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30, 204-221.

Vangen, R., Post, P.G., Simpson, D., & Cremades, G. (2017). Brain wave activity differences in task complexity and perspective during imagery. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 12.

Fairbrother, J. T., Post, P. G., & Whalen, S. J. (2016). Self-reported responses to player profile questions show consistency with the use of complex attentional strategies by expert horseshoe pitchers. Frontiers in Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 7, Article 1028.

Post, P. G., Aiken, C. A., Laughlin, D. D., & Fairbrother, J. T. (2016). Self-control over combined video feedback and modeling facilitates motor learning. Human Movement Science, 47, 49-59.

Post, P. G., Williams, C. D.*, Simpson, D., & Berning, J. M. (2015). The effects of a PETTLEP imagery intervention on the learning of a complex motor skill, Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 10.

Post, P. G., Simpson, D., Young, G., & Parker, J.* (2014). A phenomenological investigation of divers’ lived experience of imagery. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 9.

Post, P. G., Fairbrother, J. T., Barros, J. A., Kulpa, J.* (2014). Self-controlled practice within a fixed time period facilitates the learning of a basketball set shot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 2, 9-15.

Simpson, D., Post, P. G., Jensen, P. & Young, G. (2014). “It’s not about taking the easy road”: The experience of ultramarathon runners. The Sport Psychologist, 28, 176-185.

Simpson, D., Post, P. G., & Tashman, L. S. (2013). Adventure racing: The experience of participants in the everglades challenge. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-16.

Aiken, C. A., Fairbrother, J. T., & Post, P. G. (2012). The effects of self-controlled video feedback on the learning of the basketball set shot. Frontiers in Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, Article 338.

Post, P. G., Muncie, S., & Simpson, D. (2012). The effects of imagery training on swimming performance: An applied investigation. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, 323-337.

Post, P. G., & Wrisberg, C. A. (2012) A phenomenological investigation of gymnasts’ lived experience of imagery. The Sport Psychologist, 26, 98-121.

Post, P. G., Barros, J. A., & Wrisberg, C. A. (2011). Evidence of non-compliance with instructions in attentional focus research. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, 6, 1-6.

Post, P. G., Fairbrother, J. T., & Barros, J. A. (2011). Self-controlled amount of practice benefits the learning of a motor skill. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82, 474-481.

Post, P. G., Wrisberg, C. A., & Mullins, S. (2010). A field test of the influence of pre-game imagery on basketball free throw shooting. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 5.

Credentials & Accolades

Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Sciences, The University of Tennessee, May 2010.
Emphasis: Sport Psychology
Dissertation: A phenomenological investigation of gymnasts lived experiences of imagery. Advisor: Dr. Craig A. Wrisberg

M.S., Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, June 2005.
Emphasis: Sport Psychology
Thesis: The effects of mastery imagery and balance training on balance and mobility among older adults. Advisor: Dr. Debbie Rose

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 2002.
Thesis: Attentional and emotional patterns in conversations of introverted and
extroverted friends. Advisor: Dr. Avril Thorn

College of Psychology

Mary Foston-English

About

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years’ experience. As a dedicated clinician, the heart of my work is counseling individuals, couples and families. My services include short and long term therapy, as well as assessments and referrals. I am also a consultant to various groups and organizations providing trainings, seminars and workshops focused on inclusiveness. As a former NFL Players Assistance Clinician, I continue to provide services to athletes and their families. ​ Being able to combine my clinical skills with performance enhancement is a specialization I have and is an excellent use of my strong assessment skills.
I view myself as an eclectic therapist utilizing various techniques to meet an individual’s needs. As a certified supervisor thru CAMFT and a CMPC thru AASP, I provide supervision to associates and interns.

Credentials & Accolades

Santa Clara University: BS/psychology & MA/counseling psychology

John F. Kennedy University: Certificate Sport Psychology

College of Psychology

Lauren S. Tashman, PhD

About

Lauren S. Tashman, PhD, CMPC received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Educational Psychology with a major in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), providing mental performance coaching, leadership advising, and team/organization consulting in sport, exercise, and non-sport performance settings in New York City and worldwide. She has consulted with a variety of sports, such as golf, softball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis, basketball, and volleyball at a variety of levels including youth, collegiate, professional, and national/Olympic. She has also consulted with non-sport performers, such as dancers and business professionals. In addition, she provides supervision/mentoring for individuals pursuing AASP CMPC, and is the Mental Performance Coach for Canada’s National Women’s Softball Team.

Previously Dr. Tashman was an Associate Professor in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) as well as Coordinator of the Master’s program in SEPP at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She also served as the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services, providing mental performance coaching to the Barry athletes, coaches, and teams as well as supervising the master’s students with their practicum experiences. She has conducted research and supervised many thesis research projects in various areas, such as investigations of burnout and perfectionism in coaching, the experience of participating in an ultraendurance adventure race, vision and cognitive perceptual training, flow experiences in musicians, coaches’ perceptions of athlete leadership, cohesion in sports teams, training and supervision in sport, exercise, and performance psychology, and expert performance in SWAT police officers and critical care nurses. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, has presented and done workshops at both national and international conferences and seminars, and is the co-editor of two books published by Routledge: “Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: a Global Perspective” (2014) and “Global Practices and Training in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology” (2016).

Selected Publications

“Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: a Global Perspective” (2014)

“Global Practices and Training in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology” (2016)

College of Psychology

Kim E. Kinna

Programs/Courses

  • Counseling Skills B
  • Group Supervision

Credentials & Accolades

M.A. Sport Psychology JFKU, Ed.D. Counseling Psychology – Argosy University

College of Psychology

Kellen Lee

About

Kellen Lee, MA, CMPC completed his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego with Bachelor Degrees in both Communication and Psychology. He was an All-American baseball player at UCSD. He then played 1 season of Independent Professional Baseball. After graduating, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology at JFK University. He is currently working as a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert (MRT-PE) for the US Army as he progresses towards a PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology. In addition, he is adjunct faculty for the JFK University Sport Psychology program where he supervises current graduate student interns. He resides in Campbell, CA with his wife Jaclyn, son Colton, and dog Yadi.

Credentials & Accolades

Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology – JFK University

Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

PhD Candidate – General Psychology: Emphasis in Performance Psychology

About

Katie McKee, MA, received her B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Physical Education from the University of Redlands. She also received her M.A. in Sport Psychology and a Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance from John F. Kennedy University. Katie is on the list of Approved Mentors with AASP, and supervises interns working towards their degree in Sport Psychology.

Katie has over 10 years experience in the field, and has worked with populations such as youth and collegiate teams, parents, coaches, doctors, physical therapists, surgeons, athletic trainers, and individuals. She has a private practice, Mind Fit Performance, based in but not limited to the greater Los Angeles area, where she works with clients on developing and maintaining a peak performance mindset. Katie believes in the power of the mind and its connection to the body, and how the right mindset can unlock opportunity and potential.

In her spare time, you can find Katie playing soccer, running, hiking, or exploring. She loves to travel and appreciates new adventures.

Credentials & Accolades

Masters in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance from John F. Kennedy University, Approved Mentor with AASP

College of Psychology

Gily Meir, PhD

About

Dr. Gily Meir was born and raised in Israel Dr. Meir’s research focus on training and supervision of mental performance consultants. In addition, she conducted, presented, and published research in other areas such as the connection between cognition, emotion, and performance, and exercise psychology. Dr. Meir served as a Lieutenant with the Israel Defense Forces and is a former collegiate tennis player. She has been consulting athletes and coaches of different levels and sports.

Selected Publications

Meir, G., Hutchniston, J., Habeeb, C. M., Boiangin, N., Shaffer, C., Basevitch, I., & Tenenbaum G., (2015). Are the Measurements of Attention Allocation and Perceived Exertion Trustworthy? Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science 19(4), 167-176. DOI:10.1080/1091367X.2015.1061531

Bird, M.D., Chow, G.M., Meir, G., & Freeman, J. (in press). Student-athlete and student non-athletes’ attitudes toward seeking online and face-to-face counseling. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

Wu, W. F. W., Young, D. E., Schandler, S. L., Meir, G., Judy, R. L. M., Perez, J., & Cohen, M. J. (2011). Contextual interference and augmented feedback: Is there an additive effect for motor learning? Human Movement Science, 30(6), 1092.

Credentials & Accolades

PhD. – Educational Psychology; Sport Psychology – Florida State University, USA

MSc. Kinesiology; Sport and Exercise Psychology. California State University, Long Beach, USA

B.A. Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. University of Haifa, Israel

College of Psychology

Dora Kurimay

About

I am a mental performance coach in New York City who specializes in working with youth, athletes, coaches, and professionals to help them learn to manage stress, anxiety, build and maintain confidence to maximize their performance. In other words, through the vehicle of sport and activity, I work to provide my clients with mental tools to help them deal with both the everyday pressures of school/work and family as well as the more specific performance pressures found in athletics.

I have managed group and individual sport psychology consultations with a diverse range of clientele, effectively maintaining all privacy and confidentiality in alignment with organizational ethics throughout tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, heptathlon, karate, swimming, soccer, golf, and softball. I have led training workshops and individual sessions for athletes and coaches; develop motivational skills, stress management skills, mental toughness skills, visualization skills, positive self-talk and time between points routines along with effective problem resolution throughout multiple situations.

I have also developed and implemented effective training programs designed to reduce stress and successfully manage internal balance, delivering psychological consultations in support of operational goals to maximize performance for high profile corporations.

I have sports coaching experience as well. I have coached table tennis at several clubs and schools (ICC Table Tennis Club, Alameda Table Tennis Club, Concord Table Tennis Club, Berkeley Table Tennis Club, Spin New York and American International School of Budapest) in the bay area in California, New York, and Budapest since 2006.

Selected Publications

Kurimay, D. & Toon, K. (2014). Get Your Game Face On Like The Pros! E-book on amazon.com. Game Face System, LLC, Berkeley, California. https://www.amazon.com/Your-Game-Face-Like-Pros-ebook/dp/B00KE9YPSU

Kurimay, D., Pope-Rhodius, A. & Kondric, M. (2017). The Relationship Between Stress and Coping in Table Tennis. Journal of Human Kinetics, 55, 75-81. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5304276/

Toon, K., Kurimay, D., Kurimay, T. (2013). Applied Sports Psychology. Worldwide Sports: Table Tennis and Tennis in Contemporary Issues in Sports Psychiatry. In D.A. Baron, C.L Reardon & S.H. Baron (Eds.) Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective (pp. 147-156). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Applied Sports Psychology. https://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Sports-Psychiatry-International-Perspective/dp/1118404882/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394679766&sr=8-2&keywords=sports+Psychology

Toon, K. & Kurimay, D. (2012). Get Your Game Face On! Table Tennis. E-book on amazon.com. Good Sports Productions, Inc. Berkeley, California. https://www.amazon.com/Your-Game-Face-Table-Tennis-ebook/dp/B0073V98C0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385239195&sr=8-1&keywords=table+tennis

Kurimay, D. (2012). A Game Face Program bemutatása sportolók lélektani felkészítésére. (Introduction to the Game Face Program for athlete’s mental preparation). In T. Kurimay, V. Faludi & R. Kárpáti (Eds.) A sport pszichológiája. Fejezetek a sportlélektan és határterületeir?l (pp. 111-122). Budapest, Hungary: Magyar Pszichiátriai Társaság & Oriold és Társai Kiadó. http://www.libri.hu/konyv/faludi_viktoria.a-sport-pszichologiaja.html

Kurimay, T., Kurimay, D. & Kurimay, A. (2012). A család szerepe a sportban, sportoló a családban. (Roles of the family in sports, sports in family). In T. Kurimay, V. Faludi & R. Kárpáti (Eds.) A sport pszichológiája. Fejezetek a sportlélektan és határterületeir?l (pp. 145-169). Budapest, Hungary: Magyar Pszichiátriai Társaság & Oriold és Társai Kiadó.
http://www.libri.hu/konyv/faludi_viktoria.a-sport-pszichologiaja.html

Séra, L., Kurimay, D., & Ocskó, T. (2005): “Gyakorlás és tapasztalat szerepe a téri képességben sportolóknál” (The role of practice and experience in athletes’ visual abilities). Kalokagathia, 4. (monthly Psychology Journal).

Credentials & Accolades

MA in Psychology at Eotvos Lorand University , Budapest, Hungary (2001-2006)

MA in Sport Psychology at John F. Kennedy University , Pleasant Hill, California (2006-2009)

Certified Mental Performance Consultant in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) License No. 661

Excellent Student-Athlete Recognition awarded by the Hungarian Government