I grew up playing many different sports and eventually gravitated to distance running. Thanks to an early introduction to sport psychology from my H.S. coach, I was always intrigued with how the mind can help or hinder performance. I was fortunate to be able to pursue and finish a sport psychology graduate degree at JFKU in 2013.
Currently, I have my own private mental skills consulting business, coach H.S. runners, teach, and supervise students in their internships. I am also a manager at my family’s seasonal business where we hire and train over 50 part-time employees every year. When I’m not working, I love to go on adventures that allow me to use the sport psychology techniques I learned through the JFKU sport psychology graduate program. My latest adventure was a trip to Iceland with my husband where we summited the highest peak in the country. The trip took all day (15.5 hours) and my mental skills were tested!

Selected Publications

Munch, D., and Demian, A. (2018). Securing and Internship Site: Where in the World Are You Going?. In A. Pope-Rhodius, S. Robinson, & S. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Excelling in Sport Psychology, pp.10-23). New York, NY: Routledge.

Osteen, D. (2018). Strategies for Teaching the Process Orientation in Sport and Education Domains. JOPERD: The journal of physical education, recreation & dance, May/June 2018, 53-57.

Thesis: Metaphor affirmations as a coping skill for cyclists by Deborah Osteen, M.A., John F. Kennedy University, 2013, 47 pages.

Osteen, D., and Phillips, D. (2006). Mental training for the distance athlete: “The running values auction”. Strategies: A journal for physical and sport educators, 19(3), 29-32.

Credentials & Accolades

John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) #652
Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Member
Level II USTAF Certified (Endurance events)