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Meet the Professionals

33rd Annual Conference

October 3 – 6, 2018 |
Westin Harbour Castle |

Friday, October 5
Meet the Professionals Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This event is for students only. You must sign up for the lunch when you register for the meeting. Registrants are assigned to professionals on a first-come, first-served basis.
Student Member: $25
Student Non-Member: $30

This year's professionals are:


Alexander Cohen, PhD, CMPC
Dr. Alexander Cohen was appointed Senior Sport Psychologist at the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2011. Working primarily with winter sports, Dr. Cohen provides sport psychology consultation and counseling for national teams, athletes and coaches at the Olympic Training Centers, at National Governing Body training sites and at national and international competitions. As a licensed psychologist and certified sport psychology consultant, Dr. Cohen assists coaches in creating mastery performance environments that promote psychological and physical skill acquisition and execution. He works directly with athletes to maximize performance readiness through consistent preparation, enhanced resilience, and mindful self-regulation, helping athletes to focus on the right things, at the right time, every time. Dr. Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M, and later completed his master’s in sport psychology and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Florida State University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship with a specialization in sport psychology at Kansas State University, and a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in sport psychology at the University of Georgia.

Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, PhD
Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood has spent the last three decades competing and consulting at the highest levels of sport. Adrienne is a licensed psychologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba.  She has extensive experience working with athletes in both Canada and the United States at all levels of performance.  Dr. Toogood’s clients have ranged from individual Olympic athletes, teams and coaches, to PGA Tour winners and World Champions.  She is currently the Past Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, the sport psychology lead for Own the Podium, and the Director of Sport Psychology at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba. 


Jean François Ménard
Jean François Ménard is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of performance psychology. At the age of 25 and fresh out of graduate school, he joined the world famous entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil as their performance psychology specialist. His main focus was to help the artists perform on demand up to 450 times a year. He founded Kambio Performance in 2013 and has since become one of the most sought-after mental performance specialists in Canada. Recently, he helped Canadian Olympians win 6 medals during the Rio and PyeongChang Olympic Games (4 golds). He is an accomplished speaker with over 400 keynote speeches delivered to a wide range of results-oriented professionals in North America, Europe and Asia. His client list includes organizations such as Cirque Du Soleil, FBI, Cisco, Roche, Canadian Olympic Committee, Western Union, and elite performers like Olympics gold-medalists, X-Games champions, NHL players and world-acclaimed musicians. He is based in Montreal, Québec, Canada.


Ashwin Patel, PhD
Dr. Ashwin Patel, an AASP member since 2001, is currently a professor in the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. In addition to those responsibilities he serves as the mental skills coach for the OHL’s Guelph Storm and Victus Academy. Using an education/ application/support model, he helps players and coaches develop psychological skills to assist in their performance and enjoyment of the sport. He also has had the opportunity to provide executive leadership training as an associate of Action Learning Associates. He assisted in executing tailored, hands-on programs to executives at PwC and TD, where self-reflection and creativity are at the centre of leadership development. He formerly was an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Western State Colorado University. During that time he provided mental skills services to the student-athletes and coaching staffs of the Division II athletic department. Ashwin earned his doctorate in Education (with a focus in Sport and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Tennessee, and his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and History from the University of Guelph.


Veronique Richard, PhD
Veronique Richard earned her doctoral degree in sport science from the University of Montreal then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the effects of creativity enhancement on motor performance and psychological adaptation. She is currently having a rich and varied performance psychology practice primarily working as a mental performance consultant with different Canadian national teams (e.g. water polo, synchronized swimming) and individual elite athletes (e.g. gymnastic, figure skating, kayak, etc.). As a Mental Performance Consultant for Cirque du Soleil, Veronique Richard supports artists to optimize their performance and ensure their well-being. Additionally, she is an associate researcher at the National Circus School in Montreal working on several social innovation projects. Finally, building on her research and applied experiences, she has designed a program to stimulate creativity which combines movement improvisation, creative problem solving and collective ideation. With this program, she has helped organizations around the world such as Cricket Australia and NXT WWE to create their next practice.

Shaunna Taylor, PhD
Dr. Shaunna Taylor is the current Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program. She is dedicated to holistic athlete and coach development through her work as the Executive Director of PacificSport Okanagan in British Columbia, and she sits as Chair of viaSport BC’s Girls and Women Advisory Group. She has been consulting with coaches and athletes from grassroots to the Olympic/Paralympic level for 20 years, involved in athlete and integrated team support for over 8 Major Games cycles. Shaunna has a special interest in creating a sport system that promotes holistic athlete development and enables athletes to reach their full potential in and beyond sport. Shaunna earned her doctoral degree in Health Sciences (Sport Psychology) from the University of Ottawa, and is a certified clinical counsellor and mental performance consultant. She maintains a private practice and is a service provider to nationally-carded athletes through the Canadian Sport Institutes in BC, ON and QC, including tele-health service provision to the newly-launched Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport. 


Katy Tran Turner, PhD, CMPC
Dr. Katy Tran Turner currently serves as the mental skills coach for the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans. Her primary role in this position is helping players and coaches optimize their performance by applying psychological skills and she supports the organization's efforts to optimize the performance environment. Katy also worked with Soldiers and their families at Fort Bragg, NC as part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. She has worked in NCAA Division I athletics departments in student-athlete services and supported a variety of sports. Katy earned her doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Florida State University, her master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University, and her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Exercise & Sport Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she played goalie for the varsity field hockey team. Her areas of research interest are in performance enhancement techniques, team coordination, and leadership development. 


Amanda Visek,  PhD, CMPC
Amanda J. Visek, PhD, CMPC is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her translational approach to scientific research has focused on the application of pediatric sport psychology to issues of public health. Dr. Visek is deeply committed to improving child and adolescent health by establishing sport participation as a public health practice through safe, positive physical activity experiences. Her federally funded, applied research includes the FUN MAPS, the latest sport science advancement capturing attention from local grassroots communities to national and international sport organizations. The FUN MAPS are the scientific blueprints for the fun integration theory, the first-ever fully conceptual framework for optimizing youth’s positive sport experiences in childhood and through adolescence. Her work has been featured in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CBS Radio, ABC News, NBC News, FOX News and others, and has also been featured in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Poland, and India. She has authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, and given more than 118 refereed and invited talks around the world. She is committed to leveraging children’s physical literacy via the most fun sport experiences possible. Dr. Visek is the recipient of career achievement awards from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (2013; Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award) and the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (2014; Early Career Professional Award), organizations for which she has also served professionally in elected and appointed positions.