Aynsley Smith, Professional Standards
Aynsley Smith, RN, PhD, is a sport psychology consultant and research director in the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She is an associate professor in Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Aynsley is an AASP Certified Consultant and is on the USOC Sport Psychology Registry.
Aynsley has worked as a sport psychology performance enhancement consultant to ice hockey teams at all levels of participation including the NHL. Dr. Smith has enjoyed investigating psychologic, physiologic, and situational variables and their relationship to performance in ice hockey goalies, figure skaters, “yips” affected golfers, musicians and heath care providers.
Aynsley is a co-chair of the Minnesota Hockey Education Program (HEP), chairs the Action on Obesity Task Force and is a coordinator for AASP’s Anti-Doping Congress. She co-authored a paper on Head and Facial Protection in Ice Hockey that received the Hughston Award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and in 2007; she received a Mayo Clinic Excellence in Leadership Award.
As professional standards division head, Aynsley works with the Certified Consultants, Continuing Education, Diversity, and Ethics Committees. She is in her final year on the E-board.