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Student Delegates

The AASP Student Delegate position is a 1- or 2-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 (e.g., Student Open meeting, joining the Twitter Team, etc) if in attendance, participating in the AASP Student Facebook group, 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 one-page, double-spaced statement of intent describing your proposed involvement in an established student initiative or a new student initiative you would like to develop.

Executive Board Student Representatives

Julia Cawthra
Indiana University
Julia Cawthra is a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology at Indiana University. Julia currently works as a counseling practicum student at IU Counseling and Psychological Services and as a Mental Performance Coach for Indiana Athletics. Prior to IU, Julia received her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology in 2015 and her B.A. in Molecular Biology in 2012, both from University of Denver. 

She played intercollegiate volleyball for the Pioneers, where she was first exposed to sport psychology. Her research interests include student-athlete eudaimonic wellbeing, transitions out of sport, transfer student-athlete adjustment, and sexual assault attitudes and behaviors among student-athletes. Additional interests include integration of identities for performance enhancement and increased emphasis on intersectionality in all aspects of sport. 

Courtney Hess
University of Massachusetts
Courtney Hess is a doctoral student in the Counseling and School Psychology department at the University of Massachusetts – Boston. Courtney has a background in Kinesiology, earning both her BS and MS in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Courtney’s research interests broadly encompass the intersection of sport, physical health, and psychological well-being. More specifically, Courtney is interested in the psychology of injury and working with rehabilitation teams to support optimal team functioning and rehabilitation experiences and outcomes. Courtney is also interested in the psychosocial aspects of chronic physical disability, and the potential for strengths- and performance- based theories to inform improved quality of life within this population.

Student Delegates

Kiley Ballew
University of Nevada Las Vegas
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, where I went to college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. While at UNLV, I was part of the Honors College where I was able to teach a class and mentor others. I also participated in several research labs and completed my own undergraduate research thesis project on athletic injury. I plan on pursuing graduate study in the field of psychology and understand sport psychology in a more thorough way. I became interested in sport psychology while playing golf, which I have done since I was three. I am particularly interested in how pressure to perform changes athletic ability. I am also very interested in understanding how injury impacts athletic ability during recovery and how that can be better treated to ensure player readiness when one returns to their sport. 

Eric Biener
University of Missouri
Eric Biener began his doctoral studies in educational psychology with an emphasis in sport and performance psychology at the University of Missouri in 2015.  Prior to Mizzou, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in sports & fitness and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in exercise physiology.  Before returning to school, he spent the previous ten years coaching as a part of the University of North Carolina’s strength and conditioning staff.  Biener’s research interests focus on performance excellence, coaching, and team culture.  

Nathan Blamick
Springfield College
Nathan is a first-year master`s student in the Athletic Counseling program at Springfield College. In addition to sport psychology, he has an educational background in Strength and Conditioning and currently works as a strength coach in central Connecticut. Nathan earned his bachelor`s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University. While at WVU, he found a passion for the field of sport psychology as well as an appreciation for the sacrificial efforts by AASP members to advance the profession. He is excited to be engaged in applied experience at Springfield College and grateful to be serving AASP as a student delegate.

Jacob Chamberlin
Miami University (Ohio)
Jacob Chamberlin previously finished his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab and the president of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Club. He is currently a first year Master’s student at Miami University (Ohio) pursing an M.S in Sport Leadership. Jacob’s current research interest is how youth sport participation is associated with athletes’ psychosocial development. A long-term goal of his is to earn a Ph.D. and continue his research in youth sport. 

Mike Clark
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Mike Clark is a second-year Doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee studying counseling psychology. Mike earned a Master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology from the University of Missouri in the spring of 2016. Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University in the spring of 2014. During his time at State, Mike competed with the cross country and track and field teams. Mike’s research interests include mental performance, values, trauma, and the study of men and masculinities within the student athlete population.

Alicia Deogracias-Schleich
Ball State University
Alicia Deogracias is a third year master’s student at Ball State University, pursuing a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and a M.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University with a minor in coaching. Alicia has experience providing mental skills training to high school and middle school athletes. In addition, she has worked in community, medical, and college settings providing counseling services to a variety of individuals. Her practical and research interests include athlete development, body image and eating disorders in sport, and coach education and development. Following the completion of her master’s, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology.

Priya Ford
Univeristy of Tennessee - Knoxville
Priya was raised a Tar Heel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. From here she moved to Boone, North Carolina to obtain her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Exercise Science and Sociology from Appalachian State University. This is where she came to the realization she could combine her passion for psychology and love of athletics by continuing her education within the field of Sport Psychology. Priya is currently a Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior Master’s student at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Her interests lie in both athlete and coach well-being in terms of physicality and mental health. Within this she is also interested in motivation and the use of effective goal setting. Priya is excited to serve as an AASP Student Delegate and to continue to learn more within the field of Sport Psychology. logy.

Lindsay Garinger
Florida State University
Lindsay Garinger is a 2nd year doctoral student in Sport and Performance Psychology at Florida State University, where she first completed her M.S. in Sport and Performance Psychology (2016).  Lindsay was first exposed to sport psychology as a collegiate athlete and began researching and practicing during an internship with the Wichita State University Softball team during her undergraduate training, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology (2013).  Lindsay is highly involved with applied work in her practicum at Florida State University and the supervision component as she is working to achieve her ASP-CMPC.  Lindsay's research interests are in athlete specialization, perfectionism, and preventative burnout interventions for athletes. 

Raegan Geldart
University of Kentucky
Raegan Geldart is a first-year Master’s student at the University of Kentucky, concentrating in Sport Psychology in the Kinesiology and Health Promotion program. Prior to entering into graduate school, Raegan graduated from West Virginia University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a minor in Counseling. While at WVU she helped found the Association of Women Networking in Sport and Physical Activity. Also, Raegan proudly served on the Dean’s Student Advisory board as well as Vice President and President of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Undergraduate Club. After she graduates from her master’s she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Raegan plans to follow a career in performance psychology working with the military population in the future.

Jordan Goffena
George Mason University
Jordan is currently a third-year Ph.D. student studying Educational Psychology at George Mason University.  At Mason, Jordan works as a research assistant and teaches undergraduate Sport Psychology courses.  He received a B.S. in Education followed by an M.S. in Kinesiology and Health with a focus on Psychosocial Sport Studies from Miami University of Ohio.  Jordan was a D-1 collegiate decathlete, and then coached Track and Field at the college level for 3 years.  Jordan’s research interests focus on applications of Self-Regulated Learning Theory and Self-Determination Theory for the Coach-Athlete Relationship, as well as research on student learning processes in the Sport Psychology classroom. 

Matthew Gonzalez
West Virginia University
Matthew Gonzalez is currently a first year Sport and Exercise Psychology Ph.D. student at West Virginia University. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology from San José State University. In addition to his coursework, Matt works as graduate assistant in the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success where he splits time helping individual students develop beneficial academic habits and instructing a course dedicated to assisting freshman with their transition into the university. Matt’s primary research interest focuses on investigating the psychosocial and organizational impact of death in sport. 

Kerry Guest
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Kerry Guest is a second-year masters student and Graduate Assistant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the Department of Applied Health with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Psychology. Prior to SIUE, Kerry completed his bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Illinois State University where he also competed as a member of the Redbird football team. Kerry currently coaches high school football, works as a performance specialist and mental training coach at Next Level Performance Institute in the metro-east St. Louis area and hopes to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Kerry’s research explores the effect of socioeconomic status and sport participation on resilience. Kerry plans to develop a career centered around maximizing at-risk youth potential and consulting athletes.

Jasmine Haas
Ithaca College
Jasmine Haas is a first-year Master's student at Ithaca College in New York, where she currently studies Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Jasmine received her B.S. from West Virginia University in Sport and Exercise Psychology last spring. While there, she had the opportunity to found and serve as president for the Association for Women Networking in Sport and Physical Activity. Her interests include performance enhancement in competitive swimmers and environmental influence on performance in athletes.

Katherine Hirsch
University of Windsor
Katie Hirsch is completing her second year in a Sport and Exercise Psychology master’s program at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Prior to starting her master’s program, Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology at Furman University.  Katie’s research interests include the role of athlete leaders, interactional fairness in sport, and team sport group dynamics such as cohesion, satisfaction, and identity. Her current research is looking at the impact of implementing athlete leadership training programs and assessing the role of athlete leader fairness tendencies.  After completing her education, Katie hopes to one day become a sport psychology professor and continue research sport psychology topics while also serving in a sport psychology consultant role on the side.

Carra Johnson
West Virginia University
Carra Johnson was born and raised in San Diego, California. She attended the University of Southern California (the real USC) and competed on the women's rowing, rugby, and lacrosse teams. She then earned an M.A. in Physical Education from Prairie View A&M University, where she also worked as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant, followed by an M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Long Beach State University.  She is currently in her first year of the Sport and Exercise Psychology PhD program at West Virginia University. Her primary research interests are anger and aggression amongst athletes.

Jacey Keeney
Rosalind Franklin University​
Jacey Keeney is a fifth-year Clinical Health Psychology PhD candidate at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. Jacey’s research interests include examining the presence of eating disorders in athletes, understanding the changes in mood, eating, and physical activity following retirement from organized athletics, and identifying the principal motives of physical activity among emerging adults. Her clinical interests include working with high school and undergraduate athletes with eating disorders, as well as adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety. In her free time, Jacey enjoys running, playing basketball and volleyball, and spending time with her friends and family.

Sarah Lively
Illinois State University
My name is Sarah Lively. I was born and raised in Lagrange Illinois. I am currently a 3rd year undergraduate at Illinois State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology with specialty in sports psychology. After I graduate I intend to apply to sports psychology graduate programs. I would like to focus my studies on sports psychology and clinical psychology as my primary interest is to create my own practice and work with athletes. 

Zach McCarver
Ithaca College
Zach McCarver is currently a first-year Master’s student at Ithaca College (NY) pursuing a degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Previously, he attended Minnesota State University, Mankato (MN) where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Zach was first exposed to Sport Psychology in his undergraduate career. Through his initial exposure, he was fortunate enough to partake in a variety of Sport Psychology experiences under great mentorship. In addition, Zach am planning on pursuing a Doctorate degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences in the future.

Taylor McCavanagh
Springfield College
Taylor McCavanagh is currently a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program with an Athletic Counseling concentration at Springfield College. As an undergraduate, she played collegiate soccer at Binghamton University, while earning her bachelor's degree in Human Development with a concentration in Psychology. She then obtained her masters degree in Movement Science with a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology at Barry University in Florida. Her research interests are geared toward sexual orientation and mental health within athletics. Taylor is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). 

Michael Mignano
Michigan State University
Michael Mignano is a doctoral student at Michigan State University in the Department of Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Michael is also pursuing a graduate specialization in Cognitive Science and a certificate in Youth Development. Prior to his doctoral studies, Michael earned a MS in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology from Michigan State University, and both an undergraduate and master's degree in Business from Ferris State University. Michael coached collegiate golf for eight seasons and now enjoys coaching youth sports at the local level and for The First Tee program. His research focuses on youth sport advocacy, sport burnout, cognitive processes in sport, and sport policy. Michael hopes to consult with athletes of all levels and sport organizations through AASP certification. 

Edria Mitchem
Liberty University
Edria Mitchem just completed her M.S. in Physical Education with a Sport Administration concentration at the University of New Mexico and is now in her second semester at Liberty University studying Professional Counseling.  Her passion and research focuses on sexual aggression and male athletes as well as social justice issues involved in sport.  Edria was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Student Support and Advocacy Chair for all the graduate students at the University of New Mexico until she graduated in May of 2017; she is currently the Chair of AASP’s Social Justice Initiative.  She plans to get her Ph.D. in counseling while also becoming a certified sport psychology consultant. 

Tess Palamateer
University of North Texas
Tess Palmateer is a second year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology at the University of North Texas. Tess currently works as a sport psychology consultant with the UNT Track and Field and Cross Country team while also serving as the research assistant for the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence. Tess received her M.Sc. in Sport Psychology at the University of Toronto following the completion of her BA in Psychology from Brock University, where she also competed on the varsity volleyball team. Tess’ past research focused in interpersonal emotion regulation but her current interest has shifted to mental health of collegiate athletes.

Emily Peterman Cabano
Seattle Pacific University
Emily Peterman Cabano is a 1st year doctorate student in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Emily received her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver and is board certified in biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  She has devoted her life to the sport of gymnastics, competing nationally, successfully earning an NCAA scholarship at the University of Arizona, and subsequently coaching all levels of competition in conjunction with USA Gymnastics. Emily’s current research interests include resilience, psychophysiology, and performance enhancement in athletes and military service members. 

Matt Powless
Indiana University - Bloomington
Matt Powless is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Indiana University working towards a minor in Sport and Performance Psychology. Matt has a master’s degree in Counseling and Counselor Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from Indiana University. His current research interests include career and identity development of student athletes.  Additionally, Matt was an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling team for four years.

Cooper Prindl
Marquette University​
Cooper Prindl is currently in his undergraduate studies at Marquette University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Health Studies. Cooper is a part of the Marquette Club Baseball team as well, where he integrates Sports Psychology into the team training. Cooper also has a keen interest in youth sports as he sees developing confidence and the Sport Psychology to succeed at a young age, greatly beneficial. After completion of his degree in Psychology, Cooper hopes to continue to expand his work in the field of Sports Psychology.

Jessie Reed
West Virginia University
Jessica Reed is an undergraduate student majoring in Sport and Exercise Psychology at West Virginia University, expecting to graduate in May of 2018. With a dedicated background in competitive gymnastics for nearly 15 years, Jessica’s primary interests include aspirations to work with competitive athletes, tactical populations, as well as other individuals in a highly motivated environment. She also stays involved with the sport by coaching gymnastics at the university she attends. Jessica is currently an active officer in West Virginia University’s Sport and Exercise Psychology club as well as the Association for Women’s Networking in Sport and Physical Activity. Upon graduation, Jessica hopes to continue her education by attending graduate school in the fall upon acceptance to a Sport and Exercise Psychology program.

Travis Scheadler
Wilmington College
Travis Scheadler is a senior at Wilmington College (OH) majoring in Psychology. Travis has competed in Track & Field and, most recently, ran his first marathon. He also serves as Student Body President, Research Assistant in Career Services, and Teaching Assistant and Tutor for Social Science Research I and II. Travis has interned at the National Sports Performance Institute in Tampa, FL. He will be graduating from Wilmington College in May 2018 and beginning graduate school in the fall. 

Farhan Shaikh
West Virginia University
Farhan is an international undergraduate student from India. He is currently enrolled in the Sport and Exercise Psychology program at West Virginia University. Along with his college life, he is a licensed soccer coach and works for a youth soccer club in Morgantown, WV. His experiences also include being a student ambassador of College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences as well as a Resident Assistant at University Housing Life. His interests include Football (I.e. soccer), Adventure, Cultural and Musical fests. After graduation, Farhan plans on attending grad school in the U.K. for a master’s degree in Sport Psychology. However, his long-term goal is to become a mental performance consultant and providing services to professional soccer clubs in the world. 

Keyana Spivey
Keyana is completing her second year in the Exercise Science Master’s program with a concentration in Sport Psychology at Long Island University- Brooklyn. Keyana received her Bachelor of Science from SUNY Cortland in Coaching and Sport Science. She was awarded the AASP Student Diversity Travel Grant in 2017. Keyana utilizes her mental health performance skills to serve athletes in the Brooklyn area in addition to non-profit organizations. Keyana’s long term aspirations are to motivate and counsel athletes one cupcake at a time.

Jonathan Stern
Lake Forest College
Jonathan is an undergraduate student at Lake Forest College. A Psychology major with minors in Biology and Entrepreneurship, Jonathan also competes for the cross-country and track team at the college and partakes in multiple leadership endeavors. He plans to enroll in a graduate program where he can develop his knowledge and expertise in counseling, sport and performance psychology, and research after earning his bachelor's degree in May 2018. Jonathan aspires to help intercollegiate student-athletes achieve their academic, athletic, and professionals goals as a mental skills coach and performance enhancement consultant in a college athletic department.

Andy Walsh
University of North Texas
Andy Walsh was born and raised in small-town Clinton, Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College (IN) while playing football, basketball, and track. He earned his M.A. in Counseling and M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Ball State University (IN). He currently is a first-year student at UNT pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in sport psychology. He has provided mental skills training to various collegiate athletic teams at multiple universities and also has consulted with the general college student population, and he completed a master's level internship in Butler University's Counseling Center. His interests are in athletic identity and spirituality in college athletics and plans to pursue a career in sport and performance psychology. 

Nate Wolch
Western Washington University
Nate is a first year master’s student in sport and exercise psychology at Western Washington University where he previously received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Nate’s interests in sport psychology include performance under pressure, career transitions, and recovery. He played and coached competitive tennis for several years, and now spends his free time boxing competitively and surfing and playing basketball recreationally. Nate plans to pursue a doctorate degree in counseling psychology or sport and performance psychology upon completing his master’s program.

Josh Zettel
Adler University
Josh is currently a second-year masters student studying Counseling with a specialization in Sport Psychology at Adler University in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in his hometown of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Josh is presently working towards completing his counseling internship as a career counselor at Loyola University Chicago, while he works with both the Chicago Stallions Youth Hockey Association and the Lane Tech Hockey Club as a mental performance coach. After graduating, he hopes to gain experience consulting within the field of sport psychology before pursuing a Doctorate Degree.