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Billiken Sports Psychology

The sport psychological service team provides individual and team services throughout Saint Louis University’s athletic department.

We are primarily focused on understanding and improving the mental aspects of athletes' performances. Our team works with athletes to increase mental toughness, improve sport experience, provide support through sport-related experiences, and enhance overall performance.

Individual Services

Individual services include one-on-one meetings between an athlete and a sport psychology consultant (SPC). The length of time in sport psychological training can vary and this largely depends on the athlete's presenting goals. Some athletes choose to schedule one to two sessions that focus on specific skill development (e.g., confidence, relaxation, developing a mental warm-up), while other athletes prefer to engage in more advanced skill training (10 weeks or longer).

Athletes present to these services with a variety of goals and/or areas of development. Some simply want to increase their mental toughness during sport, decrease reactivity to negative experiences, and improve their ability to reach a flow state. Other athletes may be experiencing barriers to performance such as anxiety, difficulties adjusting to a new team, a lack of confidence, or concerns regarding motivation. These services are available to all SLU student-athletes. If interested in setting up this training, email Zach Merz to request an appointment.

Biofeedback Training

This is one type of technique incorporated into the individual training. During biofeedback, athletes learn how to maintain control over physiological processes that enhance the likelihood of achieving a flow state. SPCs will introduce and train a variety of mental skills that help control these processes.

Team Services

SPCs are often requested to work with teams in a variety of capacities. Options for this training include one-day workshops, multisession team trainings, and team assessments. Team workshops typically focus on 1-2 skills or topics, while multisession team trainings include the introduction and application of a variety of skills. Team assessments are often requested by the coaching staff and include the evaluation of a variety of mental aspects using questionnaires and biofeedback techniques. Following a team assessment, coaches are provided with team and individual data and recommendations. Recommendations strive to enhance the mentality of the team during practice and games. Additionally, individual athletes receive their own data and recommendations for mental performance.

Specialty Groups

The sport psychological service team also provides specialty services to populations of athletes experiencing unique stressors or transitions. Examples include injured athletes (e.g., increasing coping and rehabilitation adherence), freshmen athletes (e.g., supporting the transition to a new team, coach, and/or role), and senior athletes (e.g., helping with the transition out of sport). These services often occur in a workshop format and are requested on an as needed basis by the athletic department staff and/or student-athletes.

Meet the Team

Michael J. Ross, Ph.D., ABPP
Director

Ashley Hansen, M.S.
Assistant Co-Director
Senior Sport Psychology Consultant

Taylor Montgomery, M.S.
Assistant Co-Director
Senior Sport Psychology Consultant

Jeffrey Shulze, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Alicia Kauffmann, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

John Lace, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Tyesha McPherson, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Zach Soulliard, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Andrew McGrath, B.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Spondita Goswami, B.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Joanne Perry, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Zach Merz, M.S.
Senior Consultant

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