Fernando Lopez is the newest and tallest core faculty member to join the JFK University sport psychology team. He is also the only core member who is an alumnus of the program (graduated 2011). Before landing at JFK University, Fernando studied psychology and communication at the University of California, Davis.

After graduating with his master’s from JFK University, Fernando went on to work with a variety of populations, including Olympic athletes, youth athletes, non-profit organizations, and the U.S. Army. His most recent position was with the U.S. Army’s Ready and Resilient (R2) program, where he had the privilege of working alongside Army soldiers across the United States. During his time with R2, Fernando worked in Hawaii with the 25th Infantry Division, was fortunate enough to work with the Army Wounded Warrior team for the 2014 Warrior Games, and reach the highest level of the Master Resilience Training program, becoming a primary instructor. If you are interested in working with the Army, please contact Fernando to let him know.

Another area Fernando has also worked extensively within is in the sport of archery. In early 2012 Fernando had the privilege of working with the USA Olympic and Paralympic archery teams, helping them prepare for the 2012 London Olympics. Since then he has continued his work within archery by working with the USA Junior Dream Team, presenting at the USA Archery Coaching Symposium in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017, as well as creating a 4-day mental training program for Spanish speaking archery coaches through World Archery Americas.

Currently, while also working at JFKU, Fernando consults with individual athletes, teams, and organizations.

His hobbies include practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, going hiking with his wife, Karen, and dog, Willow, and occasionally doing improv.


  • Sport Psychology


Team Building

Performance Enhancement A, B, & C, Group Supervision

(all are both online and onsite)

Credentials and Accolades

MA in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University