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Student Delegates

The AASP Student Delegate position is a 1-year commitment. Student Delegates must be current AASP members. Delegates are responsible for participating in their assigned Student Initiative(s), providing support at student programming during the Annual Conference, and other duties as assigned by the current Executive Board Student Representatives.

To apply for a Student Delegate position, submit the following to

  • Application form
  • A resume or CV that highlights educational experience, leadership experiences, and previous or current AASP involvement

  • A 500-word statement of intent describing your interest in becoming a student delegate, previous AASP service experience, and proposed involvement in an established student initiative or initiatives for the coming year. 

The 2020 application window is open now! Applications will be due by December 1, 2020. Please submit all application materials to

Executive Board Student Representatives

Jorge Ballesteros, MA
Arizona State University
Jorge Ballesteros is a third-year doctoral student pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. Before attending ASU, Jorge earned his M.A. in Counseling and M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Ball State University in 2017. Jorge is interested in studying athletic and student identity among racially diverse collegiate athletes, as well as mental health-seeking behaviors among athletes. He wishes to continue developing his skills as a social justice advocate and implementing a multicultural perspective in working with student-athletes.   

Kerry Guest, MS, CMPC
Indiana University
Kerry Guest is a second-year PhD student in Indiana University’s Counseling Psychology program with a minor in Sport & Performance Psychology. A proud native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kerry has worked as an educator, personal trainer, mental skill consultant, and behavioral health coordinator since 2014. Prior to arriving at IU, he was a Mental Conditioning Coach at IMG Academy. Kerry received his Master's in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Bachelor’s in psychology at Illinois State University.

As a former collegiate athlete, Kerry remains passionate about the sport platform as a social justice change agent. His research interests include the intersectionality of racial and athletic identity, sport transition for black and brown student-athletes, and multicultural mentorship models for early-career sport psychology professionals. 

Student Delegates

Eric Belt
Springfield College
Eric Belt is a second-year doctoral student in the Sport & Exercise Psychology Ph.D. program at Springfield College. Eric completed his B.S. in Psychology at Mount St. Mary’s University. At the Mount, he competed on the track and field team where he fell in love with sport psychology. He completed his Master's in Exercise Science, specializing in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Springfield College. Eric’s research interests are how stakeholders view Mental Performance Coach effectiveness and the impact of music on performance.

Zack Bryant
Springfield College
Zack Bryant is a second-year Doctoral Candidate in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Ph.D. program at Springfield College.  He completed his B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then completed his M.A. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology at San Jose State University. Throughout his educational career, Zack also coached baseball for 10 years at both the high school and collegiate level. His coaching experience has informed his current research interests, which include the importance of trust in the coach-athlete relationship and group flow.

Thomas Gretton
Florida State University
Thomas is a first-year Ph.D. student at Florida State University studying Sport Psychology. After receiving undergrad honors from Durham University, United Kingdom, Thomas pursued a dual master’s degree at Ball State University, Indiana, graduating in May 2019 with an M.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Thomas has continued to obtain clinical experience through his master’s and doctoral work, working as a sport psych consultant for a host of NCAA Division I and varsity teams and athletes. His research interests include elite athletes’ pre and post-performance routines, coaches and officials, as well as the concept of psychological rest in sport. Thomas is passionate about leading the development of the Science and Practice Initiative and is grateful for the opportunity to represent the organization as a student delegate.

Jeffrey Grimes
University of Iowa
Jeffrey Grimes is a second-year doctoral trainee pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa. Before attending UI, Jeffrey earned his M.S. in Counseling & Counselor Education with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Indiana University in 2018, and his B.S in Psychology from Millikin University. Jeffrey is interested in serving student-athletes through counseling, research, and mental performance training. 

Katie Hirsch
University of Windsor
Katie is a first-year Sport & Exercise Psychology doctoral student at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Katie earned a Master’s in Sport Psychology at the University of Windsor and a Bachelor’s in Sociology & Psychology at Furman University. Her research interests include the role of athlete leaders, leader fairness in sport, and team sport group dynamics such as cohesion, satisfaction, and identity. Her current research looks at the role of athlete leader fairness and the behaviors associated with perceptions of athlete leader and coach fairness. After graduation, Katie hopes to become a sport psychology professor, continue to research, and serve in a consultant role on the side.

Emma Kraus
Boston University, Massachusetts
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Emma is a first-year Master’s of Education student at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, earning a degree in counseling with a sport psych specialization. Emma is particularly interested in how the mental health of student-athletes influences and is influenced by collegiate athletics. This stemmed from their undergrad work in the Exercise & Sport Studies Department at Smith College conducting research with faculty on athlete mental health and diversity. For the past two years, Emma has worked as a strength and conditioning coach and motivator for inner city youth through the Get Ready: Life Fitness Program at the Boston English High School. Further, Emma spends their time working with collegiate student-athletes as a mental performance consultant within the Boston area and is involved in multiple research projects within BU Wheelock College.

They serve as a student rep on the APA Division 17 Special Task Group: Making Room at the Table: Trans and Non-Binary Pipeline into Counseling Psychology and is a member advocate of the LGBTQ+ community. Emma plans to obtain their Ph.D. in Counseling/Sport Psychology and work in a collegiate athletic department as a mental health counselor/performance consultant.

Taylor Langley
Auburn University
Taylor is a fourth-year Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at Auburn University. Prior to attending Auburn, Taylor received a M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2016 and B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University in 2014. Her research interests include examining the mental health of student-athletes, specifically, help-seeking behaviors and masculinity among black male student-athletes. Taylor’s interest in the field of sport psych was sparked when she began teaching counseling/life skills courses to student-athletes as part of her graduate assistantship during the first two years of her Ph.D. program. She was also awarded the AASP Student Diversity Conference Travel Grant in 2017. Taylor is currently a graduate assistant for the Student-Athlete Enhancement/AuburnYOU Program. In the future, she plans to pursue a career working with collegiate athletes in a university athletic department, in addition to opening a private practice to consult with pro sport teams, military personnel, and various organizations and corporations. 

Tess Palmateer
University of North Texas
Tess Palmateer is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in counseling psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology at the University of North Texas. She works as both a sport psych consultant and the research assistant for UNT's Center for Sport Psychology. Tess received her M.Sc. in Sport Psychology at the University of Toronto where she researched interpersonal emotion regulation. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Brock University while also competing on the varsity volleyball team. Her research interests include ethical issues in sport psychology and collegiate athlete mental health. 

Raman Dhruv
Boston University
Dhruv was born in New Delhi, India and completed high school and an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Indian institutions. He gained an interest in sport psychology through his experience as a cricketer - a major sport in India. At 16, Dhruv started reading books about sport psychology. At 20, he had the opportunity to do a summer sport psych course at Cornell University. The experience at Cornell further strengthened his interest to pursue a career in this field. Following Cornell, he worked with high school athletes in India. Now he works in Boston and is pursuing a Master’s in Counseling (Sport Psychology) at Boston University. Dhruv intends to take the concepts he learns back to India after graduating. 

Seth Rose
University of Idaho
Seth is a first-year student pursuing his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Idaho. He received a B.A. in Psychology & Kinesiology with honors from Cal State University, Stanislaus and an M.S. in Kinesiology specializing in Sport & Performance Psychology from Cal State University, Fullerton. Prior to his doctoral studies, Seth spent time as a lecturer and mental performance consultant at Cal State Fullerton and in the Orange County area. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) and has consulting experience with diverse athletes and performers at the youth, club, intercollegiate, and elite levels. His interests are in performance enhancement/excellence, anxiety and stress reduction, intervention evaluation, biofeedback, and coach/parent education. During study breaks, you can find Seth training and racing long-distance triathlons and spending time with his wife, Erin, and two dogs, Tito and Charlie.

Ari Sapinsley
Adler University-Chicago
Ari is a second-year grad student pursuing a dual master's in Sport & Human Performance and Counseling with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. Prior to starting his graduate program, Ari received a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Indiana University. Ari is working with athletes at UIC and the Chicago Fire Academy as a mental skills consultant. His interests are in the application of neurofeedback and biofeedback within clinical/applied settings and the process of establishing buy-in with athletes. After grad school, Ari hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Kinesiology or Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Travis Scheadler
University of Kentucky
Travis is a University of Kentucky master's student, a Teaching Assistant and Academic Coach in the Department of Transformative Learning at UK, and an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society based at the University of Tennessee. He competed in track & field during his undergraduate career and previously interned at the National Sports Performance Institute in Tampa, Florida. Travis hopes to begin a doctoral program in August 2020. 

Maddy Schier
Seton Hall University
Maddy is a first-year grad student pursuing a Master’s in Professional Counseling & Sport Psychology at Seton Hall. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology & Child and Adolescent Mental Health from New York University, where she played for the NYU Women’s Soccer team. Maddy’s research interests include athletic identity and the psychology of transitioning out of competitive sport; and she hopes to develop transition programming for NCAA athletics.

Farhan Shaikh
Liverpool John Moores University, England
Farhan is an international student from India. He is enrolled in the MSc Sport Psychology program at Liverpool John Moores University, England. Prior to this, he graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Having a variety of exposure and professional development in all three countries, Farhan plans on gaining further competence and applied training in England. Eventually, he will work toward the Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) certification. However, Farhan's overall goal is to be a sport psychologist providing quality services.

Maji Shaikh
University of Ottawa
Maji is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Ottawa in the Human Kinetics program. His prior experience in designing and delivering physical activity programming for disadvantaged youth, paired with his master’s studies on the impact of physical-activity based youth leadership programs, has led him to adopt his current specialization on the implementation of trauma-informed sport programming for building resilience in at-risk youth. Maji’s other research interests include knowledge translation practices in sport-based positive youth development, program evaluation, and coach learning. 

Gagandeep Singh
California State University Chico
Gagandeep is a second-year grad student pursuing a Master’s of Kinesiology/Sport & Exercise Psychology at Cal State University Chico. He has a Bachelor’s in Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He enjoys cooking, playing sports, and doing community service. Gagandeep is from India and plans on going back after getting his CMPC® certification. He aspires to provide performance enhancement services to working professionals and then channel his financial resources into giving free training on real-life skills such as self-awareness, sensitivity, environmental sustainability, and parenting to people in smaller towns and villages across the globe. 

Kelsey Tischler
Grove City College
Kelsey is an undergrad student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Exercise Science / Biblical Studies, expecting to graduate in May 2020. Kelsey is a kicker on the football team and served as an RA and student assistant in the Career Services Office. She has interned with a sport psychology organization, Mind of a Champion. Kelsey aspires to work with athletes and help them perform their best! She is a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honorary and the ODK Honorary. Upon graduation, Kelsey hopes to continue her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology.

Kim Tolentino
Long Beach State University
Kim is a second-year grad student in the Sport & Exercise Psychology master’s program at Long Beach State University. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2012. Before returning to graduate school, Kim worked for an education-focused nonprofit organization called City Year, providing holistic support and mentorship to at-risk inner-city youth in Los Angeles. Her current research interests include mental toughness, coaching regrets, and how the coach-athlete relationship impacts youth development. 

Kim was born and raised in Southern California and played competitive volleyball for eight years. She has a love for all sports (especially football, basketball, and baseball) and a strong desire to help athletes overcome obstacles and play to their fullest potential. After completing her master’s degree, Kim plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Carly Wahl
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Carly is a third-year doctoral student in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Sport Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned a Master’s in Kinesiology, emphasis in sport & exercise psychology, from Georgia Southern University in 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, emphasis in strength & conditioning, and a minor in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2015. While completing an internship with University of Notre Dame's athletic department, Carly was further exposed to sport psychology, which solidified her desire to pursue a career in the field. Her research interests include the psychological aspects of rest and recovery, integrated approaches to facilitating performance, and decreasing injury risk among athletes, teams, and sport organizations.