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Holy Names University Launches Master’s Program in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology


OAKLAND, CA (May 7, 2020) – Today Holy Names University (HNU) announces the launch of a new Master of Arts in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology. The program features on-campus practicum opportunities, training for work in a range of professional settings, and tools graduates can use to set up their own private practice.

The Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program aims to meet the growing demand in California and across the country for sport and performance psychology practitioners. Graduates will be prepared to work across a variety of industries, including athletics, the military, business, and the performing arts. As consultants, they can benefit anyone working in a setting that requires focused performance in high-pressure situations.

Students in HNU’s program will gain core counseling skills with courses from the University’s graduate Counseling Psychology program. In their three practicums, they will build performance training skills through opportunities to work with HNU athletes and in other local settings.

Graduates may complete hours and coursework needed to be eligible to apply for certification as Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).Program Director Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius has nearly thirty years of experience in the field and has trained Olympic archers and other elite performers across a variety of disciplines. Says Pope-Rhodius, “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology. I’m thrilled to come to HNU and to have the opportunity to train practitioners for this rewarding work as people gain awareness about the connection between effective mental training and successful performance.”


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. Learn more: www.hnu.edu.