Advisory Board

Board Chair

Kristen Dieffenbach PhD, CMPC, CC AASP
Assistant Professor – Athletic Coaching Education
WVU – School of Physical Education
USA Cycling Coaching Education Committee Advisory Board Member

Board Members

Megan Babkes Stellino PhD
Associate Professor
Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
School of Sport and Exercise Science
University of Northern Colorado

Gregory A. Dale PhD, CMPC
Professor of Sport Psychology and Sport Ethics
Duke University
Director of Mental Training and Co-Director of the Leadership Program
Duke Athletics

Natalie Durand Bush PhD, CMPC
Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology
School of Human Kinetics
University of Ottowa
Chair, Canadian Sport Psychology Association
Vice-President, International Society of Sport Psychology

Troy H. Engle, M.S.Associate Director and Head Coach, Track & Field
U.S. Paralympics
United States Olympic Committee

Wade Gilbert PhD, CMPC
Associate Professor
Sport Psychology Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
California State University, Fresno

Daniel Gould PhD, CMPC
Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
Department of Kinesiology
Michigan State University

Michael Kellman PhD

Ruhr-University of Bochum

Faculty of Sport Science
Department of Sport Psychology
Stiepeler Str. 129
44801 Bochum

Goran Kentta PhD, CMPC
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
President, Swedish Sport Psychological Association

Larry Lauer PhD, CMPC

Sport Psych Director – USTA – Orlando, Fl.

Director of Coaching Education and Development
The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
Michigan State University

Scott Martin PhD, FACSM, FAASP, CMPC
Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
University of North Texas, Denton
Certified Consultant and Fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
Member of the United State Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry

Tom Patrick PhD
High Performance Director & Director of the National Triathlon Centre, Triathlon Canada
Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria
Associate Supervisor within the doctoral studies program, School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland
Co-chair, Canadian Sport Psychology Association

Linda M. Petlichkoff PhD, CMPC
Department of Kinesiology
Boise State University

Traci Statler PhD, CMPC
Assistant Professor – Sport Psychology
California State University – Fullerton
Managing Council – International Society of Sport Psychology
Sport Psychology Consultant – USA Track & Field

Conrad Woolsey, PhD, CHES, CMPC, CC-AASP

Program Director – Graduate Studies in Sport and Performance Psychology

University of Western States

Portland, Oregon – Ph: 918-978-4221

Board Member Biographies

Kristen Dieffenbach PhD is an assistant professor of athletic coaching education at West Virginia University. She has a Ph.D. in exercise science with an emphasis in exercise and sport psychology from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and is an Association of Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant. Currently she serves as advisory board member with the USA Cycling coaching education committee and is the cycling psychology editor for Peak Conditioning for Cycling. Her areas of educational, research, and consultation concentration include coaching education, performance enhancement, talent development, and understanding and preventing underrecovery. She has worked on numerous grants, projects, and consultations in these areas for the United States Olympic Committee, United States Tennis Association, USA Cycling, USA Water Polo, Peaks Coaching Group, and Carmichael Training Systems. She has published research articles in scientific journals and has written for applied publications such as Olympic Coach, VeloNews, and Dirt Rag. Kristen has also served as an expert panelist or consultant for features in publications such as Performance Conditioning for Cycling, Runner’s World, Backpacker, Bicycling, and Adventure Sports Magazine, and on the Outdoor Life Network. As a coach she holds an elite level USA Cycling license and has earned a Level II endurance specialization from USA Track and Field. She has coached for over 10 years at the high school, collegiate, recreational, and elite levels. Through her company, Mountains, Marathons, and More, she provides sport psychology consultation and education and she coaches for Peaks Coaching Group. For more information check out or contact her at kdieffenbach (at)

Megan Babkes Stellino PhD is currently an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. She specializes in the area of social psychology of sport and physical activity. She teaches courses on the psychology of sport/exercise, sociology of sport/exercise, developmental kinesiology, research methods, applications of sport psychology and theories of motivation. Dr. Babkes Stellino’s research focuses on the influence that significant others have on the developmental psychosocial components (perceptions of competence, motivation, body image, and affective responses) of youth achievement. She also studies the impact that Special Olympics, and other adapted physical domain activities, have on individuals with mental retardation and their families. Additionally, she conducts research on how the choices that children make during free time (e.g., school recess) and the nature of social relationships relate to obesity. Dr. Babkes Stellino has experience working with athletes of many different abilities, levels and sports including gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, golf, track and field, soccer and football kickers. She has also conducted numerous workshops for coaches, athletic trainers, group fitness instructors, personal trainers and parents of young athletes.

Gregory A. Dale PhD is a Professor of Sport Psychology and Sport Ethics at Duke University. He is also the Director of Mental Training and Co-Director of the Leadership Program for Duke Athletics. In addition to his work with Duke athletes and coaches, Greg consults with numerous college and professional athletes and teams. Greg has written three books related to leadership and performance. In addition, he has written scripts and served as the “expert” on a series of eleven videos for coaches and athletes. Greg has been featured on Good Morning America, MSNBC and numerous national radio programs. He is a member of the Sport Psychology Staff for USA Track and Field.

Natalie Durand-Bush PhD is an assistant professor of sport psychology in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her areas of interest and specialization include the development and maintenance of expertise in sport, consulting/counseling, and resonance, which has at its core the concept of “feel.” She is particularly interested in the relationship between athlete, coach, parent, and consultant in the development of optimal performance and well-being. Dr. Durand-Bush is the co-author of the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT), an instrument developed to help athletes and coaches evaluate a variety of mental skills perceived to be important for consistent high-quality performance. She has presented her tri-council funded research and applied work at numerous international conferences and published several refereed articles and book chapters. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Durand-Bush received the Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology in 1998. Aside from teaching and conducting research, Dr. Durand-Bush has been working for the past 13 years as a performance psychology specialist with hundreds of athletes competing at different levels in various sports, including athletes from five Canadian national teams, a men’s major junior hockey team, two University varsity teams, and professional athletes from the Peak Centre for Human Performance. At a physiotherapy and sport medicine clinic, she works with individuals striving to increase their level of fitness and well-being, overcome injuries, manage their stress, or reduce their weight. Dr. Durand-Bush is currently the Chair for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology.

Troy H. Engle, M.S. is an Associate Director of the Paralympics Division of the USOC and serves as the Head Coach of US Paralympic Track and Field. Prior to joining the USOC, Engle was a collegiate track and field coach for over 20 years at Occidental College, Kansas State University, the United States Military Academy, Washington University, Swarthmore College and Amherst College. In addition, Engle has served as the Director of Sport for the Papua New Guinea Sports Commission, overseeing all sport for the nation of five million. He has served as Chair of the NCAA Track and Field Committee and currently serves as Chair of Coaches Education for USA Track and Field.

Laura G. Farres PhD, Ch.P.C. has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Ottawa. Her formal training is in the area of educational psychology and the psychology of performance. She is a Sport Psychology Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and has worked in the field as an applied practitioner for over 12 years. In addition, Laura is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) level four coach and a chartered professional coach (Ch.P.C.) with the Canadian Professional Coaches Association. She applies her knowledge and skills of mental training to sport and exercise, health, and business contexts through her private consulting practice, Mind in Motion Consulting She works with a number of national, provincial and regional organizations in this capacity. She also teaches part-time at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia in the Department of Sport Science and Coaching. Website

Wade Gilbert PhD is an associate professor and sport psychology coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Gilbert earned degrees in physical education (B.P.E.), human kinetics (M.A.), and education (Ph.D.) from the University of Ottawa. Upon completion of his doctoral degree Wade was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with the International Center for Talent Development at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Gilbert’s areas of expertise include sport and exercise psychology, coaching science, physical education, talent development, and youth sport. His work has been published in many journals and books including Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, The Sport Psychologist, Olympic Coach, Journal of Sport Behavior, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and the Handbook of Physical Education. Dr. Gilbert has received many grants and honors including the Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award from the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. In addition to serving on the Podium Sports Journal advisory board, he also sits on the editorial boards for The Sport Psychologist, the International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, and the International Journal of Coaching Science. Wade teaches the coaching concepts course at Fresno State that allows students to earn coaching certification through the California Interscholastic Federation and American Sport Education Program. Dr. Gilbert has also contributed to the design and provision of sport psychology consulting services for elite amateur athletes in a wide range of sports including fencing, football, soccer, track & field, and triathlon.

Daniel Gould PhD is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. A sport psychology specialist Dan has studied stress, burnout and motivation in young athletes, how high school coaches teach life skills to their players, talent development in children, and the role that parents play in youth sports. He is best known for his efforts to link sport science research to practice and practice to research and work as a coaching educator.

Dr Michael Kellmann is a senior lecturer holding a joint appointment with the School of Human Movement Studies and Psychology at the University of Queensland , Australia . He is a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and German Psychological Association. He served for six years on the executive board of the German Association of Sport Psychology and is on the editorial board of The Sport Psychologist, Sciences and Techniques of Physical Activities and Sports, the Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie (German Journal of Sport Psychology), and the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin (German Journal of Sport Medicine). Michael’s current research activities include overtraining prevention and recovery enhancement, sport psychological diagnostics and intervention, coaches behaviour during competition and practice as well as personality and performance competence of coaches in sports. Michael’s work has appeared in several publications. He is co-author of Recovery-Stress Questionnaire for Athletes: User Manual and edited the book Enhancing Recovery: Preventing Under performance in Athletes both published by Human Kinetics (USA). In his applied work Michael has consulted with and conducted research for the National Sport Centre Calgary in Canada , the Olympic Training Centre’s in Potsdam and Dortmund/Bochum ( Germany ), and was the head sport psychologist of the German National Rowing Federation.

Goran Kentta PhD earned his Ph.D in psychology at Stockholm University in 2001. He has a passion for building bridges between the domains of sport psychology research, education, and applied work in elite sports. The majority of his research and publications has focused on elite level athletes and the training process with a stress-recovery perspective. Goran has an extensive coaching background with various national and club teams in flat water sprint kayaking. He is currently involved with both the Swedish Olympic Committees and the Swedish National Sport Federation (NGB) in order to develop strategies for sport psychological support for the elite athletes and coaches. Goran currently holds a research position in Stockholm at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences and he is also the current president of the Swedish Sport Psychological Association.

Larry Lauer PhD is currently the Director of Coaching Education and Development in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) at Michigan State University. His role involves working closely with the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Think Detroit PAL to conduct high quality coaching education programs, training instructors, evaluating the program’s effectiveness, and developing curricular materials. In addition, Larry conducts cutting-edge youth sport research at the ISYS and develops resources for youth sport organizations, parents, athletes, coaches, and administrators. For instance, Larry has worked with USA Tennis to develop junior parent education presentations on getting started as a junior tennis parent and developing your child’s talent. Also, he has spearheaded the development of a book of mental skills and drills for junior tennis. At this same time, Larry completed a Ph. D. in Exercise and Sport Science, specializing in sport psychology, at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Larry has been consulting with athletes on performance enhancement and personal development issues for the past 8 years. He has worked with athletes from a variety of sports including tennis, ice hockey, soccer, cross country, swimming, figure skating, volleyball, gymnastics, and baseball. These male and female athletes have ranged from youth to collegiate to professional in their experience. Larry has been very involved in youth ice hockey in performance enhancement and reducing aggressive play. He has created a “Playing Tough and Clean Hockey Program” to help players develop emotional toughness and avoid dirty play on the ice. This Program is now being disseminated to youth hockey coaches through a partnership with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. Larry also has worked a great deal with coaches and parents providing educational presentations and resources, and private consulting. He conducts coaching clinics throughout the state of Michigan for high school and youth sport coaches, and parent education workshops. Larry has 7 years experience instructing in the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. A former coach of baseball, hockey, tennis, and basketball, Larry has also received USA Hockey’s Advanced Level coaching certification. Larry served as hockey director for over two years in Philadelphia/South Jersey and Charlotte, NC. Specifically, he worked for the Philadelphia Flyers rink development department and Flyers Skate Zone for 14 months as a community youth ice hockey director.
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Scott Martin PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Dr. Martin is a Certified Consultant and Fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and a member of the United State Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. He has extensive experience in sports and coaching at the NCAA Division I level that has allowed him to help numerous athletes and sport teams with performance and personal concerns. His research interests include athletes’ use and perceptions of psychological skills training, preferred leadership and coaching styles, coaching effectiveness, perceived effort, psychology of injury and rehabilitation, and multisport endurance athletes. He has authored or co-authored over 30 refereed professional articles, 10 nonrefereed articles, two book chapters, and given over 75 presentations at national and international conferences. He has received over $1,250,000.00 in external funding.

Tom Patrick PhD is the High Performance Director and Director of the National Triathlon Centre for Triathlon Canada. Tom was formerly a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at the University of Winnipeg where he lectured on coaching, leadership and the psychology of sport. Tom completed his PhD at the University of Southern Queensland where he studied the lived experiences regarding the practice of sport psychology. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria and is an Associate Supervisor within the doctoral studies program at the University of Queensland in the School of Human Movement Studies. Tom is also currently Co-chair with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and has worked with a number of international elite athletes and teams in Canada, the United States and Australia. He served as a sport psychology consultant with the Canadian Sport Centre-Manitoba from 1998 to 2006 and was an instructor with the National Coaching Institute and is currently a Mentor Coach at the National Coaching Institute – Victoria for the sport of triathlon. He has published a number of articles, chapters and books on various issues related to the psychology of human performance and he is currently working on a collaborative research initiative with the University of Queensland and the University of Ottawa exploring the potential of workplace learning and communities of practice on coach knowledge and learning in triathlon coaching.

Linda M. Petlichkoff PhD is a Professor with the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received her degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology. Dr. Petlichkoff serves as a Development Consultant to The First Tee – Life Skills department, a program for teaching character education through specific life skills that promote positive youth development for youth between the ages of 7-17 years. She also participates in activities at her local chapter, The First Tee of Idaho, as a The First Tee Coach where she teaches after school sessions and classes during the summer and serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Dr. Petlichkoff has served as a member of the Gatorade Board of Advisors for Science and Education (BASE) North America; provided psychological skills training programs for the US Yacht Racing Union and the National Guard Biathlon teams, as well as the Boise State Women’s Gymnastics and Tennis teams. Dr. Petlichkoff is a Past-President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Her main research interests focus on issues related to youth sport participation and withdrawal, competitive anxiety, goal setting techniques, self-regulation skills and positive youth development through sport. Before returning to school, Dr. Petlichkoff taught secondary mathematics and coached a number of sports for 10 years in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Wayne, MI and was the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. Linda is an avid golfer and applies many of the life skills taught at The First Tee to her own game.

Department of Kinesiology
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1710
Phone: 208-426-1231 (O)
Email: lindapetlichkoff (at)

Traci Statler PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University – Fullerton, with an expertise in the area of applied sport and performance psychology. She received a Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah in 2001, with an emphasis in applied sport psychology. Dr. Statler’s research interests include the “art” of applied sport psychology consulting, the psychology of high-level human performance, and the psychology of injury and rehabilitation, with numerous professional presentations in these areas. She currently serves as a performance psychology consultant to the United States Association for Track and Field (USATF), and a variety of collegiate athletic programs, as well as conducting individual performance enhancement sessions with professional athletes, police officers, and fire fighters in southern California.

Contact Info:
Dr. Traci Statler
Assistant Professor – Sport Psychology
Department of Kinesiology
California State University – Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834
tstatler (at)
(714) 278-8554

Conrad Woolsey, PhD, CHES

Dr. Woolsey is currently serving as the Program Director of Graduate Studies in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.  Previously, at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Dr. Conrad Woolsey was an Assistant Professor and Health & Human Performance Lab Coordinator. In his multi-disciplinary teaching career he has taught courses in psychology, health psychology, health, and sport psychology. In his athletic, coaching, and professional career, he has worked with several high school, college, and professional athletes from multiple sports.  Conrad Woolsey excelled as an athlete as well, being named an 8-time NCAA All American in Track and Field in the Shot Put and Discus, winning an NCAA National Championship, a Big XII Championship, and as a 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier.

As a coach, teacher and practitioner, Dr. Woolsey uses a collaborative approach and places an emphasis on using positive thinking to build lasting traits such as autonomy, self-esteem, internal confidence, an internal locus of control, and many others that will benefit those he serves long after the sport experience. He believes in the power of choice and strives wholeheartedly towards building and nurturing the development of confidence, composure, concentration, commitment, and character with those he serves.

In the past two years, he has done several national presentations and publications and his research on energy drinks has been featured by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), CNN, USA Today, and by many others. In this area, the purpose of Dr. Woolsey’s research is to help protect adolescents and young adults from the negative effects and misperceptions that athletes may have about the benefits of using energy drinks. In helping clients modify behaviors he often uses concepts from Self-Determination theory and Motivational Interviewing to help clients make lasting changes.

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