JFKU Sport Psychology Hosts 2017 AASP West Regional Conference

John F. Kennedy University’s Sport Psychology is hosting the 2017 Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) West Regional Conference. The conference will provide students and professionals with opportunities to learn about current research and creative approaches to the field of Applied Sport Psychology. Presenters include several JFKU alums and professionals as well as three Keynote Speakers. With the field of sport psychology gaining recognition as a profession this conference will provide students, coaches, and professionals with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, their opportunities, and their impact on their clients.

Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Mitch Abrams is a sport psychologist and the nation’s expert in anger and violence in sports. Dr. Abrams has consulted with thousands of athletes over the past 22 years and has developed programs for athletic organizations at the Youth Sport, High School, College & Professional levels. Dr. Abrams works to build the strengths of athletes, coaches and teams through improved communication, life skills introduction and direct counseling. He is the Founder and President of Learned Excellence for Athletes, his sport psychology consulting company located in New Jersey. Dr. Abrams is speaking on “The Truth About Sexual Assault & Athletes – The Real Problem & The Comprehensive Solution.”

Dr. Karen Cogan is a licensed psychologist and certified consultant, AASP (CC, AASP). She currently works at the US Olympic Committee as the sport psychologist for Acrobat and Combat sports. Throughout her career, she has consulted with numerous individual athletes and teams including the U.S. Freestyle Mogul Ski team, the U.S. Taekwondo Team, the University of North Texas Athletic Department and athletes through her private practice. She has attended six Olympic Games (2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 & 2016) as the sport psychology consultant for several Olympic medalists and their coaches. Dr. Cogan will be presenting, “When Olympic Medals are on the Line, Event the Sport Psychologist Must Be On.”

Dr. Michael Sachs is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He received his Ph.D. in sport psychology from Florida State University. Michael is associate editor of Psychology of Running and coeditor of Running as Therapy: An Integrated Approach, and co-wrote The Total Sports Experience for Kids: A Parents’ Guide to Success in Youth Sports. He is a Co-Editor of the Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology, in its 11th edition and published by AASP (the Association for Applied Sport Psychology). He has written or co-authored numerous book chapters, academic articles on various topics within exercise and sport psychology, and articles on the psychology of running in popular publications. Dr. Sachs’ presentation is “Exercise and Sport Psychology: To Infinity and Beyond.”