Fernando Lopez has been a core faculty member with JFK University sport psychology since 2017. 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.

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 research interests include resilience, gratitude, performance enhancement, team building, and positive psychology.

Fun fact, Fernando is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


  • Sport Psychology

Selected Publications

Jackson Cheadle, C., Lopez, F. (2018). Securing work: Will anyone pay you? In A. Pope-Rhodius, S. J. Fitzpatrick, S. Robinson (Eds.), Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, preparing, and executing applied work (pp.167-178). New York, NY: Routledge.


Team Building

Performance Enhancement A, B, & C, Group Supervision


Credentials and Accolades

MA in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University