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Peter J. Economou Ph.D., ABPP is an assistant professor for the department of applied psychology, and the director of behavioral health and wellness for Rutgers University Athletics. Dr. Pete was trained in counseling psychology, is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specializing in evidence-based and multicultural clinical interventions and is a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Dr. Pete is licensed by NJ and NY to practice psychology and his research ranges several areas including multicultural psychology, third wave CBT, and performance psychology. He is an active member of state and national psychology associations, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology since 2014, and is a contributor to media outlets and social media. Lastly, he is a Zen Buddhism teacher after studying at the Morning Star Zendo with Robert Kennedy, Roshi for several years, which informs his mindfulness practices offered through the third wave CBT theories.



Economou, Peter & Glascock, Tori & Gamble, Alexander. (2022). Black Student-Athletes and racism pandemic: Building antiracist practices in athletics. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 1-18. 10.1080/10413200.2022.2040650.

Economou, P. (2021). Meditation journal for anxiety: Daily meditations, prompts, and practices for finding calm. Rockridge Press. Emeryville, CA. ISBN: 978-1-648769757.

Economou, P. (2021). Mindfulness working for beginners: Exercises and meditations to relieve stress, find joy, and cultivate gratitude. Rockridge Press. Emeryville, CA. ISBN:978-1648766121.

Economou, P.J., Glascock, V., Louie, M., Poliakova, P., & Zuckerberg, W.(2021).COVID-19 and its impact on student- athlete depression and anxiety: the return to campus. The Sport Journal, 22(1), 1-7.

Economou, P., Glascock, T., & Louie, M. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 and the NCAA’S (NATIONAL Collegiate ATHLETIC association) season cancellation on Sport support professionals. F1000Research, 10, 775.

Economou. P. (2019). Transgender Health Care: Integrating CBT working with a Transgender Client. NJ Psychologist.

Torres, C. & Economou, P. (2016). Probiotics can improve mood: A correlational study investigating the relationship between probiotics and overall mental health. Journal of Probiotics and Health. DOI: 10.4172/2329-8901.1000143

Economou, P., Farfan, M, Idirraga, A., Chafos, V (Article 926; September 2015). Modismos: Mindfulness and the importance of language with Latin American Clients. Vistas. American Counseling Association.

Chafos, V. & Economou, P. (2014). Beyond borderline personality disorder: The mindful brain. Social Work Journal. 59(4), 297–302, p. 297, doi: 10.1093/sw/swu030.

Palmer, L., Economou, P. J., Cruz, D., Huntington, J., McLennon, S., Maris, M., Abram-Cook, S. (2010). The relationship between stress, fatigue, and cognitive functioning. College Student Journal.



When East Meets West

NBC LX “Suicides in Female Student-Athletes” April 2022 with Tabitha Lipkin

FOX5-NYC, Has COVID aged us?” aired February 2022 with Dana Arschin.

FOX5-NYC, “On Dealing with another winter of COVID and mentally preparing for 2022” aired December 2022 with Lori Stokes