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Mitch Abrams

Dr. Mitch Abrams earned his Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College (Pre-Med & Psychology) and earned his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from C.W. Post/Long Island University.  He received specialized training in family violence, the treatment of trauma and anger management.  His dissertation demonstrated the effectiveness of an anger management program for male athletes and he has been working with anger and violence (including dating/sexual violence prevention) with athletes since.   His private practice has clinical, forensic and sport psychology services where treatment focuses on anger management and the treatment of trauma stemming from various forms of abuse.  Further, he is the President and Founder of Learned Excellence for Athletes, Dr. Abrams’ Sports Psychology Consulting firm.

With the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), he is the Chair (and founder) of the “Anger & Violence in Sport” Special Interest Group (SIG) and has been a member of the Hospitality Committee since its inception.  Dr. Abrams is also on the program review committee for AASP’s Annual Convention.

He is part of the NCAA speakers’ bureau, has lectured at national conferences and conventions, is often solicited by the media to discuss sport psychology issues, and writes an ongoing sport psychology blog entitled Sports Transgressions for Psychology Today.  Dr. Abrams contributed to The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine edited by Lyle Micheli (2011) by writing the sport psychology entries on anger management and imagery in visualization.  In addition, in 2010, he released his book: Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes.  He also co-wrote the chapter on “Anger: How to moderate hot buttons” with Dr. Bruce Hale in Dr. Shane Murphy’s Sport Psych Handbook.

A licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, Dr. Abrams is also a member of APA’s Divisions 47 (Sport & Exercise Psychology) and Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society), as well as the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  He oversees mental health services for five of the state prisons in NJ as he is Clinician Administrator for University Correctional Health Care, which is part of UMDNJ.  He co-coordinates the forensic track of the pre-doctoral psychology internship program where he is actively involved in training young psychologists.  Finally, he has been adjunct faculty at C.W. Post/Long Island University, Brooklyn College and Fairleigh Dickinson University; and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

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Megan Neyer 

Dr. Megan Neyer is the founder of Neyer Performance Strategies, LLC, a company that specializes in individual, team and organizational performance with businesses and athletic teams. Her work includes helping firms enhance performance enhancement and productivity, select and retain employees, as well as facilitating effective leadership development.  The firm also consults on holistic health and wellness. 

 Dr. Neyer has worked with executives, coaches and elite athletes for over 20 years at organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center, University of Florida, Georgia Tech, University of Florida, Emory, U.S. Air Force Academy, USA Diving, USA Swimming, US Gymnastics Federation, US Figure Skating Association, USA Canoe and Kayak, USA Archery and other national governing bodies as well as club teams and professional athletes.  Businesses she has worked with include Coca Cola, BellSouth, Heery International, David Evans & Associates, Landmark Communications along with several professional associations.  She consults with coaches and athletes in individual and team sports on how to optimize their performances.  She works with a variety of business organizations to help them enhance performance, productivity and wellness in the work environment, develop effective leaders, along with employee selection and retention.  Throughout her career, she has served on multiple committees or in positions that developed policy, training, and provided counseling for sexual assault and harassment, eating disorders and substance abuse.

Dr. Neyer received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees in counselor education with emphases in performance and health psychology from the University of Florida, and is a licensed and nationally certified counselor, certified in Neuro Emotional Technique, as well as a trained mediator.  She is a former world-class competitive diver whose accomplishments include being an Olympian on 3 and 10-meter, a World Springboard Champion, 15-time US Diving National Champion, 8-time SEC and NCAA champion, and multi-time international champion. She has more wins than any other diver in the history of the SEC and NCAA, and in 2006 was named NCAA Most Outstanding Diver of the last Quarter Century. In 1997, Megan was honored as a University of Florida Alumna of Outstanding Achievement, awarded to only 47 women of the 85,000 who had graduated from the University of Florida.  She has been inducted into the University of Florida, International Swimming, and Academic All American Halls of Fame. 


 

 

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