Performance Psychology Certificate


The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) department of applied psychology offers advanced training in performance psychology, which can be taken as a part of a student’s curriculum during undergraduate or graduate training. The purpose of the performance psychology certificate is:

1. To educate and train participants about the relevant body of knowledge that has to do with sport and performance psychology.

2. To assure that participants learn how to practice performance psychology by providing them with instruction and supervised experiences in creating projects, dissertations, and other learning activities that will help      them acquire particular knowledge, skills, and abilities in areas of assessment, intervention, consultation, evaluation, professional business planning, organizational analyses, and other related domains.

3. To generate new information about the application of psychology to performance, particularly in the service of the development and performance enhancement of athletes, coaches, parents, administrators, organizations, the performing arts and other relevant performance-based activities.

The Certificate in Performance Psychology leads to eligibility to sit for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification as a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC).


Admission requirements

Admission is open across various disciplines, and while graduate students are given priority, it is possible for undergraduate students to apply. Students with a graduate degree in Psychology or a related field (Clinical or Counseling Psychology, School psychology, Organizational Psychology, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Education, Leadership and Sport Management, etc.) are also given priority. Students will be required to submit:

  1. all transcripts,
  2. a personal statement, and
  3. one letter of recommendation.


Required credits (15 credits)

18:844:617 Assessment and Intervention in Sport Psychology: This course focuses on the application of a systematic approach for performance-based techniques as it pertains to the assessment, intervention, and consultation of individual athletes, teams, coaches, administrators, and sport organizations. Particular attention is given to the development of a professional practice in sport psychology.


18:844:618 Sport Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice: The purpose of the course is to educate practitioners on the multifaceted aspects of sports psychology, especially as it pertains to the conceptual and theoretical developments, current status of empirical research, and principles and procedures of professional practice. As a result of this course, students will have the opportunity to become knowledgeable about sport psychology and its role in the practice of professional psychology. The course covers underlying theory in the practice of sports psychology, the research methods used to enhance the science, and clinical applications as it applies to clinical interventions working with athletes, as well as other high performers including people in the performing arts, executives, and law enforcement.


18:844:510 Special Topics Seminar: Civic and global citizenship, social justice, and cultural diversity: This course consists of graduate level material to prepare students to address issues related to multiculturalism and various issues of diversity. As the material within the topics of civic and global citizenship, social justice, and cultural diversity are constantly changing, the course material is variable depending on the political climate, the instructor, and other social justice issues within the American and global cultures. Research related to microagressions, racism, prejudice, social justice, and issues of diversity will form the framework of the course.


18:829:565 Executive Coaching: Organizational Interventions at the Individual Level: Introduction to a disciplined, theory-based approach to executive coaching emphasizing multilevel forces impacting individual behavior. Student will apply theory and methods learned through readings, class discussion and case study analysis to a supervised Executive Coaching project.

01:377:455 Exercise Psychology: The undergraduate course in Exercise Psychology is designed to cover (a) psychological and neurobiological responses to exercise that help to advance our understanding of the effects of exercise on mental health and well-being; (b) psychological theories for understanding and predicting health-oriented exercise and physical activity behavior; and (c) interventions and strategies that have shown promise for increasing physical activity participation and behavioral adherence.

*18:844:505 Professional Practicum Placement I: Practica are defined as field practice (either through internal practica housed at GSAPP or external practica at other sites) pursued under the intensive on-site supervision of practitioner supervisors. The practicum experience will vary according to the student's training level, the course work taken, and the experiences available at the particular site. Practica are designed to provide you with the opportunity to practice what has been and is being learned through course work, as well as an opportunity to learn directly from experienced field supervisors. Students can learn about possible clinical practica through the annual Practicum Fair. Clinical and School students are approved for these positions by the GSAPP Coordinator of Practicum Placements.


Performance Psychology Stand-Alone Certificate Program

Sports Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice




Assessment and Intervention in Sport Psychology




Special Topics Seminar: Civic and global citizenship, social justice, and cultural diversity




Executive Coaching: Organizational Interventions at the Individual Level




Exercise Psychology




*Professional Practicum Placement I (optional)