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Alison Pope-Rhodius, PhD, CMPC

Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius is the Program Director for our Master’s in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology which started in Fall 2020 and now our new graduate Certificate in Sport and Performance Psychology. Alison is well known in her field and previously served as the Chair of the Sport Psychology Program at JFK University. She completed her Master’s in Sport Science and Ph.D. in Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She migrated to the U.S. in the year 2000 and continued to work in the field of mental performance. Her career highlights include travelling the world working with elite archers and coaches, including Colombia, Italy, India, Turkey and Thailand and working with the U.S. team and U.K. number one archer at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. She is renowned in her discipline and has been an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for many years, was made a Fellow of AASP in 2018 and successfully re-certified as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC, administered by AASP) in December 2019. She has her own small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with athletes and coaches from all sports and also works with performing artists; she specializes in understanding elite individual performance needs.

In 2018, she co-edited a book all about how to be successful before, during and after applied sport psychology training experiences, which was published by Routledge, titled “Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing and Executing Applied Work”. She is also the host of the first podcast in sport psychology called ‘Wee Chats with Brilliant People’: @WeeChats.

In her spare time, she likes to camp, hike, take photos, play tennis, watch tennis, grow succulents, eat curry, watch films and look at giraffes and lions.