Amy L. Baltzell, EdD, directs the sport psychology program and is a professor in the School of Education at Boston University. Her academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University of Connecticut (1987), a master’s in counseling (1996) from Boston University, and a doctorate in counseling psychology, specializing in sport psychology, from Boston University in 1999. Her research interests are in the areas of mindfulness, performance enhancement, and values in sport. She has presented a dozen academic papers and dozens of invited talks across the country.
As a licensed psychologist specializing in sport and performance, Baltzell works with professional, elite, collegiate, and high school athletes and professional musicians. She provides educational workshops to teams and organizations, keynote presentations, and coach education training sessions. She also has a private practice in which she provides one-on-one consulting to athletes and performers.
Prior to entering academia, Baltzell was an elite multi-sport athlete. She was a three-year member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, including the 1992 Olympic team and during that time won multiple national and international gold medals. She also was a member of the historic 1995 all-women’s America’s Cup sailing team, America. Additionally, she played basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, sailed, and ran the Boston Marathon. She also previously served as an athletic coach, notably as the head women’s lightweight rowing coach at Harvard University.This is Baltzell’s third book. She is a co-author of Whose Game is it Anyway, Parenting Your Athletic Child and Character and Coaching.