Sport and Exercise Psychology

Carrie Silver-Bernstein is the head tennis coach at the University of Hartford, an NCAA Division I institution. She has been coaching at the college and high school levels for 8 years, acquiring an 86-25 win-loss record. A licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, Ms. Silver-Bernstein is a cochair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Special Interest Group for Tennis. She is also president of Team Conditioning Concepts, a company that provides comprehensive fitness, health, and psychological skills training for competitive tennis players and other athletes. Ms. Silver-Bernstein is a skilled athlete in her own right. Since 1997 she was ranked #1 in Open Division Doubles in New England (with coauthor Van Raalte), and she played on the East region soccer team that won the Nutmeg Games.

Judy L. Van Raalte, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts; a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Registry of sport psychologists; and a certified sport psychology consultant. She is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. She has provided sport psychology services to NCAA Division I, II, and III tennis teams as well as to a number of competitive junior tennis players. Dr. Van Raalte is an avid tennis player. Currently, she is ranked #5 in New England in the Open division. Her strokes aren't always pretty, but she is mentally tough! In her years as a college coach she acquired a 51-12 win-loss record, for a .81 winning percentage.

Peter Vidmar is a former competitive gymnast. In 1984, he led the U.S. Men's Gymnastics Team to its first-ever Olympic Gold Medal. He also captured the gold on pommel horse, scoring a perfect 10, and won the silver in the All-Around competition. In addition, he has numerous NCAA and international titles. Today, he translates his skills as a leader and motivator into inspirational presentations for Fortune 500 companies. He also serves on the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics.

Karen D. Cogan was a competitive gymnast for 10 years. Her gymnastics career prematurely ended in college after two serious injuries. She then focused her energies on her academic performance and received the UCLA Outstanding Senior Award. She has a master's degree in kinesiology and a Ph.D. in psychology. Currently, she works as a sport psychologist and consults with athletes both at the University of North Texas Center for Sport Psychology and in her private practice. She is a licensed psychologist, a certified sport psychology consultant (CC, AAASP), a member of the USA Gymnastics Health Care Providers network, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.

Jeri Edwards is the first female head coach of Team USA. Her recent appointment follows a highly successful tenure as Team USA coach and head coach of Junior Team USA. She initially gained acclaim as a competitor, enjoying an illustrious collegiate career and winning on the pro tour. Seen regularly in one of the largest bowling magazines in the world, she also appears with Fred Borden in several series of educational videos and has previously coauthored a book with him.

Fred Borden is widely regarded as the premier coach/educator in the history of the sport. As Team USA Head Coach, he achieved a long series of successes on the world stage and has continuously provided consultation to the top professionals and pro staffs. He has published 14 books, created numerous instructional videos, and taught bowling in over 50 countries.

Dr. Eric S. Lasser has provided sport psychology services for over 20 years to athletes and their families, coaches, teams, and organizations.

Coach Dale Brown, one of the outstanding personalities in college athletics, began his 44-year coaching career as a high school wrestling, football, and track coach. He served as an assistant coach for 5 years at Utah State and 1 year at Washington State University before becoming head coach at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Burke is professor and chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and recreational studies (double major), with a minor in sociology, from Belmont Abbey College.

Allan Paivio is the author of a general theory of cognition, called dual coding theory, which assumes that all human cognition entails the cooperative activity of multimodal verbal and nonverbal (especially imagery) processing systems.