Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius is the new Program Director for our new Master’s in Applied 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. One of her career highlights was travelling the world working with elite archers and coaches, culminating in working with the U.S. team and U.K. number one archer at the Olympics in Athens. 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 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 one of the first podcasts in sport psychology called ‘Wee Chats with Brilliant People’: www.WeeChats.com @WeeChats.
Prior to our Shelter in Place, she was scheduled for another trip to provide mental skills support to elite archers, coaches and judges for the whole of the Americas, previously in Medellin, Colombia and this year it would have been in Guatemala. In July 2020, she was going to be carrying out research in Japan culminating with a trip to the Olympics in Tokyo. This work will now happen in 2021.
In her spare time she likes to camp, hike, take photos, play tennis, watch tennis, eat curry, watch films and look at giraffes.