Sign In Friday, February 12, 2016

Certification, Training Programs, Internships, Visiting Fellowships and Consulting

10th ANNIVERSARY 2000-2010


Radio Interview  (5.5 MB)





1. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Sports Medicine Physicians, etc.

2. Masters Level Practitioners and Clinicians

3. Masters Level Educators, Coaches and Trainers

4. Coaches, Trainers and Athletes 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES in Evidence-Based Applied Sport Psychology (at-a-distance and in New York City)

in Applied Sport Psychology/Clinical Sport Psychology AVAILABLE (at-a-distance and in New York City {applied, hands-on experience} contact

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CERTIFICATION and TRAINING in Applied Sport Psychology


Journal of the American Board of Sport 

Educaion and

and Training on your time, when you want it from the comfort of your home or office...Earn Credit toward ABSP Certification


Order the Carlstedt Protocol: Science-Based Sport Psychology DVD (Practitioner Version) to learn more about ABSP Certification Programs and earn credits and a tuition discount toward certification at the same time

The American Board of Sport Psychology is currently training sport psychology practitioners:

1. From 2 Major League Baseball Teams

2. A Major NFL Draftee Combine
Preparation organization

3. The Sport Psychologist of a National Tennis Federation in Europe

4. As well as numerous psychologists, physicians, coaches, practitioners and educators

in the Carlstedt Protocol's EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH to athlete assessment and intervention

TUITION for ABSP Certification and Training Programs has been paid for by prestigious universities and organizations


I. Psychologists

The American Board of Sport Psychology provides training and certification in SPORT PSYCHOLOGY for Licensed Psychologists that culiminates with Board Certified Sport Psychologist or Board Certified Sport Psychologist-Diplomate status. 

Qualified individuals holding a regionally accredited Doctorate in PSYCHOLOGY (Ph.D., PsyD, Ed.D.)or who are not licensed/certified are eligible for the Certified, Master Certified Consultant and Master-Consultant-Diplomate credential (see below II.) 

Since the use of the occupational designation Psychologist is restricted by law, preventing practitioners without a doctorate in psychology from calling themselves Sport Psychologists, other certification bodies have created generic terms such as Sport Psychology Consultant, Sport Psychology Practitioner, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Performance/Mental Coach to accommodate and entitle members with both psychology and non-psychology backgrounds under a common non-distinguishing title.

Such designations often do not adequately reflect or convey the background and qualifications many doctorate holders in psychology and sport psychology have.

Essentially, doctorate level Licensed Psychologists have no official occupational or consultant's designation reflecting their unique training in psychology. Moreover there is no representative and training body or organization that is devoted to the training and board certification of Licensed Psychologists in Sport Psychology.

Fortunately, the specific credential Board Certified Sport Psychologist and advanced credential Board Certified Sport Psychologist-Diplomate, recognizing unique training and practice in psychology and contributions to sport psychology, along with continuing education is now available to qualified psychologists.

The American Board of Sport Psychology offers an extensive training program in Sport Psychology, affording Psychologists the opportunity to enter this rapidly developing field.


II. TRAINING, CERTIFICATION and RECOGNITION for non-licensed DOCTORAL degree holders (in Psychology and allied disciplines) MASTERS and Bachelor level PRACTITIONERS, CLINICIANS, EDUCATORS, COACHES and TRAINERS (with degrees in psychology and allied fields)

The American Board of Sport Psychology recognizes the need to train, educate and offer certification to practitioners who work with students and athletes on a daily basis. Knowledge of advanced research and methods in Sport Psychology can enhance the effectiveness of practitioners with athletes. Our academic and applied training program will expose you to advanced and cutting-edge methods in Sport Psychology and put you at the forefront of a major paradigm shift in Sport Psychology that we are creating and leading.


The American Board of Sport Psychology certification/training programs are at the forefront of a major paradigm shift in Sport Psychology especially as it applies to athlete assessment and intervention. Students are exposed to cutting edge methods, approaches, perspectives, research and ideas, giving them the advantage they need to compete in a highly competitive practitioner market.


1. Personal mentoring from a recognized leader in the field; Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt, ABSP Head Mentor, award winning researcher, author, university faculty member, clinician, applied practitioner and former professional coach and athlete.

2. An in-house-peer-reviewed curriculum spanning ten key areas of Sport Psychology including research and applied components.

3. Supervised practicum and experience.

4. Supervised Final Project.

5. Marketing support and a Sport Psychology day in your area of practice.

                                                             M E D I A

Contact Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt @ or call 917-680-3994 for more information on the American Board of Sport Psychology and Dr. Carlstedt's peer-reviewed and award winning research on mind-body processes affecting performance or Sport Psychology in general (also see Chair's Page and ABSP Journal; scroll down to download library).

ATHLETES/Coaches-scroll down!!!***


I. Supervised-Mentored FELLOWSHIP in Evidence-Based Applied Sport Psychology: The ABSP Athlete Assessment and Mental Training Protocol

The American Board of Sport Psychology is now offering Fellowships in Applied Sport Psychology involving extensive training in the Carlstedt Protocol: Science-Based Sport Psychology to qualified practitioners, coaches, athletes, psychologists etc. independent of ABSP certification programs

Participants will learn sophisticated and cutting-edge approaches to applied sport psychology that should be used by all practitioners regardless of previous experience and training. An overview of the protocol can be obtained by purchasing our recently released DVD or by viewing the synopsis on the ABSP Journal page.  

The three to six month Fellowship program culminates in a Certificate of Training and involves personal mentorship by Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt. Participants will take the same applied sport psychology module individuals in our full certification programs do.

Client assessment and mental training is supervised in accord with systematic guidelines of the Carlstedt Protocol centering on individualized approaches to athlete evaluation and mental training and especially database management, ambulatory monitoring, critical moments analysis, threshold training and intervention efficacy testing to name a few highlights of the program.

Participants who wish can then go on to complete full ABSP certification programs, having gained credit for the applied practicum and experience requirement or apply what they have learned, knowing that they are practicing ethical and evidence-based applied sport psychology.

TUITION: $750.00


Practitioners, Coaches, Psychologists, Athletes, etc. can now experience and obtain training in the Carlstedt Protocol in New York City commencing October 2005.  This Fellowship counts toward ABSP certification programs practicum-applied experience requirements and will expose participants to all components of the ABSP athlete assessment and mental training protocol.

20 Hour Program (Friday evening to Sunday late afternoon). FEE: $750.00 (local hotels available)

email: for more information. 

III. ATHLETES and Coaches

If you are serious about your mental game it is time to get beyond the hype. The key to improving psychologically is having valid and reliable information about mind-body processes that drive peak performance. Being labled or told what to do is not a science-based approach to sport psychology. Most coaches, athletes and even sport psychology practitioners have at best limited insight into key neuropsychological factors that underlie performance tendencies, especially during critical moments during competition. Before you can benefit from mental training you need to know about key measures that have been shown to affect performance profoundly. Science-based mental training is predicated on knowing as much about athlete functioning as possible. Improving mentally takes more than just visualizing or engaging in self-talk, interventions that many athletes are not even capable of engaging in effectively. Your so-called Athlete's Profile determines to a large extent what mental training method will work best for you. Importantly, you also need to know if an intervention is really working and how. In order to experience evidence-based sport psychology you need to be tested and observed during practice and competition while being monitored. You must go beyond antiquated approaches to mental training, into the realm of sophisticated, cutting-edge sport psychology if you want to know where your mental game stands and how to get to the next level.

Check out the Carlstedt Protocol: Science-Based Sport Psychology DVD for an overview of the most extensive and advanced approach to applied sport psychology being used today


...Come to our New York City Athlete and Sport Performance Lab. for a comprehensive assessment and mental training program. You can also do parts of the Carlstedt Protocol at-a-distance.

Contact Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt via or call 917-680-3994 for more information (ask for a free copy of Dr. Carlstedt's Tennis Week articles on Science-Based Sport Psychology).

IV. SPORT PSYCHOLOGY for Parents (email for more details)


The American Board of Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of TUITION-BASED positions in its 10th ANNUAL (2015) SPRING/SUMMER:

Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport New York City* commencing May, 2015 (customized time frames can also be arranged). see YOU-TUBE: ABSP SUMMER INTERN-FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS and the ABSP & Dr. Carlstedt FACEBOOK & TWITTER pages.

Our Summer Intern/Visiting Fellowship programs have been very successful with participants being involved in groundbreaking research and applications with baseball and tennis players. Participants will be included as co-authors in numerous papers that will be submitted for publication...Interns and Fellows came from as far as India, New Zealand and Sweden to learn first hand about cutting-edge EVIDENCE-BASED athlete assessment and intervention procedures. Fellows and Interns came from the following institutions and organizations; over 100 participants from more than 77 colleges/universities and organizations:

Fellows, Interns, Research Assistants, Psychologists, Reseachers, Faculty, Coaches and Athletes from the following schools and organizations have been trained/mentored by Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt in the ABSP Summer program in Applied Sport Psychology: Evidence Based Athlete Assessment and Intervention in New York City (undergraduate/undergraduate athlete unless otherwise listed; most are psychology and sport psychology majors or graduate students)


Georgetown University (Psychology student and varsity soccer player)

Hamline University (Psychology student and varsity baseball player)

Technische Universitaet Berlin (Licensed Psychologist and Lecturer)

New York University (Entering graduate student-University of Denver)

Pennsylvania State University (Psychology student and competitive gymnast/cheerleader)

University of Washington (Psychology student, former high school golf team)

Washington College (Entering graduate student-Springfield College)

Morehouse College (Computer science student and varsity tennis player)
Licensed Social Worker-Private Practice (Cross-fit coach)


Pennsylvania State University (Student-Athlete Gymnast, Competitive Cheerleader)

New York University

CUNY-City College (Student-Athlete-Tennis Player)

Birmingham University, England/Cyprus (Student-Athlete, U.K. Div. 1. Basketball Player/Cypus Junior National Basketball Champion)

Bellevue College/University of Washington, WA (Student-Athlete, Golfer)

North Carolina State University (Student-Athlete, Competitive Weight Lifter)

Washington College, MD (Student-Athlete, Baseball Player)

Morehouse State University (Student-Athlete-Tennis Player)

Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow; Vice-President Mental Healthcare Organization; Tournament Bowler)

Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Organization; Ultra-Marathoner-Senior World Ranked Distance-Runner)

Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, Private Practice)

PGA Professional Golfer (Athlete-Client; ABSP Certification Program Student)

ABSP Grand Prix Tennis Competition with In Vivo Athlete Assessment and Intervention Paradigm

11 participating competitive tennis players (all underwent extensive real-time/match competition in vivo HRV-HRD analyses in pre-intervention and interventions phases and HRD performance experiments): USTR 4.5 - 5.5 level (and NCAA Div. II Players)


Harvard Medical School: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/Clinical Researcher (Visiting Fellow; USTA Tennis League Player)

UCLA (Athlete, Volleyball Player)

University of Colorado

University of Dayton/University of the Rockies (Athlete; Graduate Fellow; Softball Coach)

Psychologist Private Practice-Spain (Graduate Fellow)

Eastern Kentucky State University (Athlete, Tennis Player)

PGA Golf Pro (Athlete)

Licensed Psychologist Private Practice-Georgia (Visiting Fellow)

Beacon High School-New York City: Tennis Coach of the Year (Participating Athlete)

University of Phoenix (Visiting Fellow)

Empire State College (Visiting Fellow)

Dickerson College/LaSalle University (ABSP Research Fellow [annual position] PsyD. student)


Virginia Polytechnical University

Pennsylvania State University (Graduate-Fellow)

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California (Graduate Fellow)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Graduate-Fellow, Athete, All-American Tennis Player)

Butler University

Williams College (Athlete, Soccer Player)

Amherst College (Athlete, Baseball Player)

Wellesley College (Athlete, Soccer Player)

Yeshiva University-Ferkauf School of Psychology 2 (Psychologist, Psychologist)

Dominican University (Graduate-Fellow)

Dickerson College (All American Athlete, LaCrosse Player; Graduate Fellow)

Duke University

Fordham University (Graduate-Fellow)

Temple University,

Queens University (N.C.; Athlete, Soccer Player; Graduate Fellow),

University of Delaware

City University of New York (City College; Athlete, Tennis Player),

State University of New York (New Pflatz),

State University of New York (Stoneybrook)

State University of New York (Binghamton)

Queens College (NY; Athlete, Tennis Player)

Morehouse State University

Boston College (All American Athlete, Fencer)

Davidson College,

Allegheny College (Athlete, Tennis Player)

Capella University (Graduate Student-Fellow)

Massey University (N.Z.Post-Graduate Fellow)

Karlstad University (SWE Post-Graduate Fellow),

Bournemouth University 2 (U.K., Athlete, Soccer Player; Athlete, Hammer Thrower)

Beacon High School-New York City: Tennis Coach of the Year

Warsaw Medical University (POL; Psychiatrist/Psychologist),

Polish Tennis Federation (POL; Sport Psychologist)

Harlequins Professional Rugby Union Team (U.K., Sport Psychologist)

MŠK Žilina Professional Soccer Team (Slovakia, Sport Psychologist)

ITF/ATP Tour Professional (Tennis Professional)

SPECIAL 2010 MLB-RESEARCH PROJECT-Summer Fellowship/Research Assistantships

Washington and Lee University 10

University of West Florida

University of California-Berkeley

San Jose State University 2

Indiana University

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

State University of New York (Purchase)

Selected individuals will be exposed to cutting-edge research and evidence-based approaches to athlete assessment and intervention and the opportunity to work (under supervision of Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt) with athletes from various sports and organizations that we provide consulting services to. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on assessment, intervention and research experience in settings that have a high degree of ecological validity. Hours can be accrued toward clinical supervision, applied or used for college credit and will count toward ABSP certification.


"I had always been interested in the field of sport psychology and when I noticed an email detailing a summer internship opportunity with the American Board of Sport Psychology, I was very excited. Although I did not know much about the field, working with Dr. Carlstedt, an experienced and respected sport psychologist, during the summer of 2008 taught me a lot about the area and made me even more excited about the field. Throughout my one month internship, I learned a variety of techniques in evidence-based sport psychology including working with heart rate variability monitoring and EEG equipment and learning how to interpret results. I also learned how to keep psychological statistics including error rates and criticality measures. The internship included lectures on sport psychology principles such as the transient hypofrontality hypothesis and the Primary Higher Order factors of the Carlstedt Protocol which include hypnotic susceptibility, neuroticism, and repressive coping. Although the internship included a variety of lectures, I most enjoyed working in the field with athletes. This afforded us an opportunity that very few undergraduate psychological internships offer. Being able to work side by side with three tennis players and seeing them improve, in part, as a result of interventions we administered illuminated how evidence-based applied sport psychology can make an impact. While working with these athletes, we conducted various experiments including EEG studies and longitudinal heart rate variability studies. We entered this data into statistical programs and became familiar with the research process. I was even able to create templates for data and help a little in the analysis process. The great part about this internship is that Dr. Carlstedt really respects your ideas and input and will allow you to take the reins in his projects. The interns even have an opportunity to be co-authors on papers published in peer-reviewed psychological journals. Overall, I believe that I have learned a great deal in a very short time working with Dr. Carlstedt. I learned a lot about the instrumentation and techniques for carrying out evidence-based analyses while gaining experience in both applied and research areas. Also, very importantly, I felt like I made very good friendships with my fellow interns which made my departure after a month bittersweet. I had a great time working in the American Board of Sport Psychology summer program and I hope to come back one day and become fully certified through the program. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone, especially if they are interested in a career of sport psychology!" KRISTIN SZUHANY, UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA, Psychology Major, former Softball Player

"During my five week internship experience with Dr. Carlstedt and ABSP this summer I received hands on experience in the field of evidence-based sport psychology. We worked within a range of sports, including tennis, baseball, golf, basketball, and soccer. We studied each individual athlete's profile, took heart rate variability measures, and assessed performance during different levels of criticality during actual match play. These steps were taken to see how an athlete was responding to different levels of stress in relationship to his/her individual profile. In applying the ABSP evidence-based athlete assessment and intervention protocol, we learned that each athlete is unique and should be approached from that perspective. Rather than attempt to give an athlete an instant "cure" as many practitioners claim that they will provide, we taught mental training interventions that were data driven and meticulously controlled for efficacy an approach that is vital to credible practice. Overall, I had a lot of fun working with Dr. Carlstedt and the rest of the interns over my five weeks, and the hands on experience as an undergrad was invaluable." WILLIAM (Will) LAWTON, AMEHERST COLLEGE, Psychology Major and Varsity Baseball Player

"I went into the American Board of Sport Psychology's program with one view of what sport psychology was about and came out convinced that Dr. Carlstedt's unique evidence-based approach is the most advanced approach to athlete assessment and intervention. In a field that is still developing and full of practitioners who each have a different ideas and methods I find that ABSP and Dr. Carlstedt's effort to to create a standardized training program and practice protocol is critical for the advancement of the field. The ABSP protocol brings objectivety and evidence-based methods to the forefront and includes experimentation and data collection, procedures that are contributing to the advancement of sport psychology as a science. During my experience I enjoyed the personal interaction we had with the clients we were working with. Under Dr. Carlstedt's supervision we engaged in heart rate variability experiments, assessment and mental training with athlete clients and among our intern-fellow group, which was a great way to learn how to use the equipment, methods and procedures. Also, I gained some experience in using SPSS for data analysis, of which I previously had none. I feel like I learned a lot by just doing, which was my objective in participating in this internship. Overall, I had a great experience and definitely got a taste of what to look forward to in the future if I choose to pursue sports psychology as a career." KATHLEEN KEATING, WELLESLEY COLLEGE, Psychology Major, Varsity Soccer Player

"I participated in the ABSP Summer Programme in July 2008. Prior to the programme, I was tested to establish my Athlete's Profile, Critical Moment tendencies and performance relevant neurocognitive and psychophysiological responding. This beneficial process introduced me to the ABSP evidence-based approach toward performance enhancement. During the program, I had the opportunity to work with a number of athletes, applying interventions in attempt to optimize performance. This was a rewarding experience, especially when athletes improved as a result of an intervention that I helped administer. We learned to keep psychological performance statistics and do critical moment analyses, a validated system for objectively quantifying the mental game. Learning about data analysis enabled me to analyze the efficacy of interventions and keep track of an athletes performance and progress longitudinally. This was relevant to my degree requires that requires the completion of a research project that involves collecting and interpreting. Working with clients also played a major part in the learning experience. I gained insight into how to approach clients and practice in an ethical and professional manner. The program also enabled me to gain hands on experience working with a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified sport psychologist something that is important to career decisions." JILL KENNEDY, BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY (U.K.), Sport Psychology Major and Varsity Soccer Player

Venue: New York City (activities throughout greater New York City area)

Population: Athletes from various sports and organizations

Dates: Weekly, Bi-Weekly and Monthly/2 & 3 Months starting 1st Monday in June (short and summer long positions are available)

Hours per week- minimum of 20 hours of applied sport psychology activities per week


1. Orientation/Overview of ABSP Evidence-based athlete assessment and intervention protocol (see ABSP website; link to Journal and Test Center pages)

2. Tour of ABSP applied sport psychology/applied neuroscience and psychophysiology lab

3. Experiencing the ABSP Protocol first hand (taking the test battery)

4. Analysis of your test results

5. In-the-field athlete assessment and intervention

6. Data-analysis

7. Applied Interventions/Supervising Athlete intervention efforts

8. Participation in on-going research projects (longitudinal data acquisition, assessment and intervention on-going investigation).

9. Numerous other learning and training activities

10. Ethical practice and marketing of sport psychology services

11. Working with Coaches

Tuition: Contact

The American Board of Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the release of a cutting-edge DVD on science-based Sport Psychology titled: The Carlstedt Protocol. This DVD will take practitioners, coaches and athletes through the most advanced, sophisticated and comprehensive approach to athlete assessment and mental training in existence.

PRICE: $68.00 Scroll down to bottom of Homepage to PayPal Module to order




ABSP Graduates Corner: News, Announcements and Feedback

Feedback from ABSP Certificate Program Graduates

...The following letter is from a Licensed Psychologist who completed the Master Coach of Sport Psychology certificate program and Board Certification process:

"Basically, I am very positive about the process. It has been a good learning experience.  I was looking for an internet course for my personal learning, and found much more.  The course led me through several textbooks and many articles through the modules.  I took the examinations as well and found them to be further learning experiences.  The questions were thought provoking and helped to integrate the material.  I believe it took me about 6 to 9 months from start to finish. 

To me this type of program makes a great deal of sense for Psychologists who have already completed the formal training and need further learning for an area of specialization.  I looked into graduate training at a local university, but found it to be redundant, especially since many of the students in the class were "coaches" and not psychologists.  It seems to me this type of program may be "the next big deal." 

Best wishes,

Mark Fugit, Psy. D., Licensed Psychologist (date of ABSP Certification 2001)

...From a High School Soccer Coach, Therapist, Sports Performance Counselor

I have always been fascinated with sport psychology and used several techniques to enhance my performance in college soccer. As I searched for a training and certification program, I came across the ABSP and Dr. Carlstedt. Our initial phone conversation lasted over 30 minutes. Dr. Carlstedt impressed me with his expertise and presentation of the program. I was concerned that the program would be too demanding, but the design of the program accommodated my busy schedule. Throughout the program, Dr. Carlstedt was very helpful and informative. He was in close contact with me throughout my course work and final project.

I thoroughly enjoyed the program and would recommend it to others. It has made me a better coach, player, and practitioner.

Richard Alan Chadwick II (Richie), M. Ed. in Counseling (date of ABSP Certification 2005)    

...Feedback from a Minister who works with athletes:

"I have recently completed the course for Master Coach of Sport Psychology through the American Board of Sport Psychology.  Why would a minister be involved in such an undertaking?  I have always been involved and interested in sport, so when I was asked to work with a local volleyball team in the field of mental training I accepted.  Although my doctoral work was in the field of guided imagery for Bible study and prayer, I had no training and background in the area of sport.  I needed to do some research to prepare myself, but I needed to do it at home.  I had neither the time nor the funds to travel to some distant location for classroom work.  I found the ABSP on the Internet and then spoke with Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt about the program.  I had a close look at the learning modules and knew that they would be demanding.  I slowly worked away at them with frequent questions by e-mail or phone to Roland, who was my Mentor..  Sometimes he would answer, and other times he would tell me where I could research the issue.  I was really challenged by the ABSP program.  In my preparation for the ministry I was not required to read articles from scientific journals or to submit scientific papers.  While I was very familiar with theological research, it was a challenge for me to do it in this fashion and in this field.  It was also a new experience for me to conduct a research experiment with athletes.  I did require some assistance in analyzing the final statistics and drawing conclusions from the data, but Roland told me that this was quite acceptable.   

In the end, I’m pleased I took the course.  I was exposed to something I wouldn’t have been otherwise, and my knowledge in sport increased several fold.  Too, I now work with athletes with more confidence and understanding.  I’ve also learned what a great body of research and literature exists today for any given sport. 

I do recommend this distance-learning program to anyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge and effectiveness in sport psychology, it was a great adventure. 

Good luck."

Dr. Bruce Sweet (date of ABSP Certification, 2003)



John Couture, MA, Cleveland Indians (Connecticut) Certified Master Consultant Final Project: Critical Moment Performance and Athlete's Profile Assessment and Pre and Post Heart Rate Variability-Performance Relationships in College Baseball Players: An Investigation of the Theory of Critical Moments, April 2007 

Annick Martin, Ph.D. (Montreal, Canada) Board Certified Sport Psychologist Final Project: Critical Moment Performance and Athlete's Profile Assessment and Pre and Post Heart Rate Variability-Performance Relationships in Youth Ice Hockey Players: An Investigation of the Theory of Critical Moments, December 2006.

Sheri Miller,  MS, LMFT, LCPC (Illinois) Certified Consultant  Final Project: Critical Moment Performance and Athlete's Profile Assessment in High School Basketball Players: An Investigation of the Theory of Critical Moments, April 2006.

Alan Brown, (New Jersey) Certified Consultant Final Project: Psychological Assessment of Golfers, June 2005. 

Richard Chadwick, MEd. (Tennessee) Certified Master Consultant Final Project: Critical Moment Performance and Athlete's Profile Assessment in High School Soccer Players: An Investigation of the Theory of Critical Moments, July 2005.

Candice Haas, (Canada) Certified Master Consultant  Final Project: Psychological Assessment of Competitive Ice Skaters, July 2005.

Bruce Sweet, D. Div (Canada) Certified Master Consultant 
Final Project: Effects of Pre-Running Mental Imagery versus Non-Imagery in College Track Athletes, 2004.

Jill Marie Zablocki, Psy.D., (New Jersey) Certified Master Consultant  Final Project: Eating Disorders in College Athletes, 2004.


News Flash: Recent News and Events

The AMERICAN BOARD OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY Academic and Research Contributions:


Roland A. Carlstedt, Ph.D. presented a selected paper titled: Illuminating Zone States: Investigative Approaches and Emerging Evidence at the 2005 APA annual convention in Washington, DC.


Roland A. Carlstedt, Ph.D. organized and chaired a symposium titled Integrative Sport Psychology at the American Psychological Association 2004 annual convention in Honolulu early in August. The following prominent panelists presented on their cutting-edge research:

Jeff Ross, MD, Cleveland Clinic; Functional MRI of Motor Imagery

John Gruzelier, Ph.D., Imperial College of London; EEG and Heart Rate Variability Research on Athletes

Karla Kubitz, Ph.D.; Towson University; EEG of Peak Performance

Arne Dietrich, Ph.D., American University of Beirut; Transient Hypofrontality Hypothesis

Eugene Aidman, Ph.D., Adelaide University; Personality in Sport Psychology

Roland A. Carlstedt, Ph.D., Capella University: Harold Abel School of Psychology; Integrative Athlete Assessment and Interventions

Dr. Carlstedt also presented a poster paper on The Theory of Critical Moments and presented a seminar on behalf of American Psychological Association Division 47 to local tennis players and coaches outside of Honolulu.


APA Symposium: Integrative Sport Psychology



Credential Review is available for Master Level Practitioners interested in the ABSP Certified Coach and Certified Master Coach Credential. These Credentials are now available for qualified practitioners pending review of eligibility and passing the Board's test. This certification option is available to practitioners who have completed coursework and practica elsewhere or who have experience as an applied non-psychologist practitioner.


The American Board of Sport Psychology advances the perspective that organizations in Sport Psychology have the duty to not only inform and protect the public but also proactively expose unethical practice in the field. Unethical practice includes blatent assessment and intervention methods having NO empirical support as well as websites (many operated by persons bound to the APA code of ethics) that contain tenuous claims, embellishment and misinformation. Consequently, we take an activist position in exposing unethical practices, advertisement and charlatanism in the field. This rubric of the ABSP website is used to expose unethical practice in Sport Psychology. 

Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt appeared on ESPN's Outside the Lines. He debated the "Brain Typing" system propogated by Jon Niednagel. In response to the enormous publicity this system has received in the last 2-3 years and in light of the fact that "Brain Typing" is devoid of empirical support, The American Board of Sport Psychology has issued a call for a position paper and invites Division 47 of the APA and the AAASP to participate in writing and disseminating such a paper to the media, coaches, athletes, and sport organizations and the public. The ABSP also invites persons having expertise in one or more of the following disciplines to participate as a contributor to the position paper: Sport Psychology; Personality Psychology, Neuroscience (Cognitive, Behavioral, and Anatomical); Neuropsychology; Assessment; Methodology, and Ethics.

Interested persons should check out the Brain Type Institute website at for further information on this highly controversial method.

It is the opinion of the ABSP that Brain Typing is a system lacking in scientific merit and we challenge Jon Niednagel to participate in an independent blind study testing his ability to predict brain localization and functioning merely by looking at a person, a challenge he said he welcomes.



Attention: Practitioners

The American Board of Sport Psychology also provides training and continuing education leading to various levels of certification for both psychologists and non-psychologists including coaches, teachers, trainers, and athletes.

Psychologists lacking training or coursework in sport psychology can fulfill board certification eligibility requirements with ABSP certificate programs

Attention: Athletes


Private Online and/or Telephone consultation with a SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST (Ph.D level practitioner) is also available starting at $95.00 per hour. This service is for athletes seeking advice regarding performance related problems or the enhancement of performance. Also available for hobby athletes, all ability levels.

The Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology: BOOK REVIEWS/PREVIEWS


Commencing April 2006 The Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology will have a SECTION devoted to PEER-REVIEWED and INVITED ARTICLES as well as COMMENTARY-SEE REVIEWED ARTICLES SECTION under ABSP Journal page........We are also seeking Editorial Board Members and Reviewers


Read Review - ABSP JournalCritical Moments During Competition: A Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance When it Counts the Most(double-click for full review) 

 by: Roland A. Carlstedt, Ph.D.


“The issue of how athletes can be assessed as a basis for performance management and enhancement is a crucial one for contemporary sport psychology. More basically, assessment for performance management and enhancement in sport is an area where cogent theory, practical concepts, effective methods, and technically defensible measurement procedures are needed. Roland Carlstedt's seminal work provides valuable information that helps fill these gaps. Based on a solid theoretical model of critical moments during competition, coupled with a clear and internally consistent conceptual and operational framework, and using persuasive empirical research from psychology and other areas, including results of his award winning dissertation, Dr. Carlstedt demonstrates substantial relationships between psychological characteristics and performance outcomes in a range of athletes. His work provides guidance for sport psychology researchers and practitioners as well as others involved in human performance at all levels. "The material in this book can help shape the larger knowledge base of sport psychology for years to come.”

--Charles A. Maher, Psy.D. Professor of Psychology Rutgers University, Sport Psychologist, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns


Why do some professional athletes tend to “deliver” in critical situations, while others are less dependable?   Dr. Carlstedt’s Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance focuses on this well known and vexing performance difference between comparably talented highly-skilled athletes.  He traces these differences to certain basic personality characteristics and their interplay.  Depending on their strength and configuration, these general personal propensities may play either a facilitative or counterproductive (but potentially modifiable) role. Carlstedt’s model is obviously of great relevance to Sport Psychologists.  Because of its plausibility as well as its amenability to empirical scrutiny and continuing development, it also merits the attention of a wider readership.  It has the potential for evolving into a general model for understanding consistent excellence in response to challenge.

 --Auke Tellegen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Personality Psychologist and Behavioral Geneticist


Methodologically rigorous in its approach , Dr. Carlstedt offers a thoroughly innovative perspective on the field of Sport Psychology in this new book. His model of peak performance ambitiously and successfully integrates a wealth of physiological, psychological, and cognitive neuroscience data to forcefully make the case that athletic performance can not only be studied in a controlled fashion, but can be improved systematically.  Although scholarly in its methodologies, this book is highly readable, and will be of interest to a wide range of academics, coaches, athletes and mental health and Sport Psychology professionals.

  Sanjay Mathew, M.D. Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Psychiatry (former ranked tennis player)



Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology: ARTICLES
The Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology has instituted a book review/preview page. The first book to be previewed is Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt's Critical Moments During Competition: A Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance When it Counts the be released by Psychology Press in June/July 2004. Pre-orders are now being accepted. More...
The 8 Greatest Myths of Tennis Psychology
by Roland A. Carlstedt, Ph.D., ABSP. This article has appeared in various popular publications in tennis including Happy Tennis Austria. More...
Mind Your Heart
by: Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt, ABSP More...
Sport Biofeedback
Ambulatory Psychophysiology and Ecological Validity in Studies of Sport Performance: Issues and Implications for Intervention Protocols in Biofeedback More...
Runners Mental Edge
by Rob Udewitz, Ph.D. More...
by Dr. Stanley Krippner and Andre Percia de Carvalho More...
by Dr. Terry Sandbek More...
Research on Heart Rate Variability in Athletes
Presentation of Roland A. Carlstedt's from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 2003 Annual Conference in Jacksonville Florida More...
Psycho-Match Protocol of a Winner: How I Became Mentally Tough
by Werner Knobloch, Certified Coach of Tennis Psychology and Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt More...

NEW ADVISOR-CONSULTANTS of the American Board of Sport Psychology

Dr. Arne Dietrich of the American University of Beirut Department of Behavioral Sciences and a leading researcher on the neuroscience of exercise and Dr. Charlie Maher, Professor of Psychology in the Rutgers University School of Applied and Professional Psychology and Sport Psychologist for the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers have become Advisor-Consultants to the American Board of Sport Psychology Board of Directors.

Dr. Charlie Maher, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University and Sport Psychologist for the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers, is the first person to achieve Board Certified Sport Psychologist-DIPLOMATE status with the American Board of Sport Psychology.

Dr. Roger Morgan of Memphis Tennessee, a Licensed Psychologist in private practice follows Dr. Maher in achieving Board Certified Sport Psychologist-DIPLOMATE status with the American Board of Sport Psychology. Dr. Morgan whose dissertation was on ADD and depression symptomology in children works with professional golfers.

Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt Chairman of the American Board of Sport Psychology was the recipient of the APA Division 47 2001 Dissertation Award Dissertation Abstract

Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt's dissertation was recently summarized in the Division 47 of the American Psychological Association ESPNews Winter 2003 Newsletter. Go to the Divsion 47 website to read or download it.

An article based on Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt's dissertation was recently published in Brain and Cognition a leading peer-reviewed journal in cognitive neuroscience. Carlstedt, R.A. (2004). Line-bisecting performance in highly skilled athletes: Does preponderance of rightward error indicate unique cortical organization and functioning. Brain and Cognition, 54 (1), 52-57.

Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt's peer-reviewed book; Critical Moments During Competition: A Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance When it Counts the Most (Psychology Press) will be released this June/July. Pre-orders can be made through the Psychology Press website.


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