Lauren S. Tashman
Dr. Lauren S. Tashman is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), providing mental performance coaching, leadership advising, and team/organization consulting in sport, exercise, and non-sport performance (e.g., business, law, dance) settings in New York City and worldwide through her private practice, Align Performance LLC. She has consulted for over 15 years with a variety of sports, such as golf, softball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis, basketball, and volleyball at a variety of levels including youth, collegiate, professional, and national/Olympic. She is also a Master Coach with Valor Performance and a co-host for The Path Distilled podcast. She was the Mental Performance Coach for Golf & Body NYC as well as for Canada’s National Women’s Softball Team for 6 years, and director for the development of the mental performance training program for the G2 Girls Golf Academy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Educational Psychology with a major in Sport Psychology from Florida State University.
Previously, Dr. Tashman was an Associate Professor in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) as well as Coordinator of the Master’s program in SEPP at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She also served as the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services, providing mental performance coaching to the Barry athletic department, athletes, coaches, and teams and practicum supervision to the SEPP master’s students. She has conducted research and supervised many thesis research projects in various areas, such as the relationship between burnout and perfectionism in coaches, the experience of participating in an ultraendurance adventure race, athletes’ perceptions of vision and cognitive perceptual training, flow experiences in musicians, coaches’ perceptions of athlete leadership, cohesion in sports teams, as well as training and supervision in sport, exercise, and performance psychology. Further, during her PhD she was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a research lab funded by the Office of Naval Research and headed by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson studying expert performance in SWAT police officers and critical care nurses. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has presented and done workshops/webinars/seminars at both national and international conferences, seminars, and clinics, and is the co-editor of three books: “Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: a Global Perspective” (2014), “Global Practices and Training in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology” (2016), and “Performance Excellence: Stories of Success from the Real World of Sport and Exercise Psychology” (2020).