Postdoctoral Sport Psychology Residency 2022

Company: Premier Sport Psychology, PLLC
Location: Minneapolis metro area in Minnesota
Type: Full-Time (2-year position)

About Company:
Premier Sport Psychology (PSP) is a sport and performance consulting company based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. PSP provides mindset training, counseling, and leadership development services to professional, Olympic, elite, collegiate, high school, and youth athletes, as well as business executives and teams. PSP works with some of the best in the fields of sport and business to map the optimal mindset for performance. Our research and development team conducts research studies and analyses which allows us to advance the understanding of the mental dynamics that impact performance and bringing these insights into our practice and the field of sport psychology as a whole.

PSP Mission: Premier Sport Psychology exists to empower people to think better, feel better, perform better, and be better.

PSP Values:

  • Premier Service
  • Passion
  • Gratitude
  • Growth Mindset
  • Collaboration

Position Summary:
Premier Sport Psychology is pleased to offer a full-time, 2-year postdoctoral sport psychology residency position beginning summer/fall of 2022. The position is designed for an individual who is interested in working as part of a sport psychology company in a variety of settings combining clinical work, performance-enhancement, and outreach with an athletic population. In addition to working within the private practice, the postdoctoral resident can expect to gain experience providing comprehensive sport psychology services within university athletic departments. This position can be considered supervised professional experience under the direction of Minnesota licensed psychologist supervisors. Please note the position is designed to meet the licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota.

Core responsibilities:

    • Provide direct individual counseling and mental skills training to athletes
    • Facilitate team meetings and team-building activities
    • Develop, promote, and lead workshops and presentations to local, regional, or national sport organizations, medical clinics, and/or athletic teams
    • Conduct outreach to grow new business
    • Foster referral relationships
    • Participate in business/industrial and organizational side of consulting practice (if interested)
    • Participate in case management, business meetings, and professional development activities
    • Receive 2 hours of supervision per week
    • Other duties as assigned (e.g., content development, workbooks, online coaching resources, administrative activities, etc.)
    • Hours can be applicable toward licensure requirements as specified by the Minnesota Board of Psychology

If interested, residents are able to gain additional experience in site-specific rotations throughout the postdoctoral residency. The site-specific areas are selected and determined by a review of the applicant’s prior experience and postdoctoral goals. The availability of each site-specific rotation will also be determined, in part, upon needs of Premier Sport Psychology. The current add-on rotations being offered are described below. If interested in either (or both) additional rotations, please mark accordingly on the employment application form.

1. Research & Development (R&D) Rotation
The postdoctoral resident in this rotation will join Premier Sport Psychology’s Research and Development business unit, which is the newest branch of the company. Residents in this rotation will assist the Director of Research, Development, and Assessment with survey development, implementation, data analysis, and other research initiatives that arise at PSP. The resident will participate regularly in research meetings, contribute to the development of new surveys and assessments, and assist the R&D team with the creation of white papers and other resources for clients and stakeholders. Residents in this rotation will also receive consultation opportunities with teams and other organizations that express interest in our assessment services. Hours for this rotation are flexible and are likely to range from 8-16 hours/week.

2. Assessment Rotation
The assessment rotation is approximately 1 day/week and is based within the athletic medicine department at a division I university. In this rotation, postdoctoral residents will learn to provide high quality, comprehensive psychodiagnostics evaluations for student-athletes to assess for the presence of learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other mental health concerns. All evaluations are to follow NCAA standards. This rotation provides a unique opportunity for fellows to coordinate care between athletic trainers, team physicians, learning specialists, and academic counselors. Postdoctoral residents can expect to complete approximately 20 ADHD and learning disability assessments per year for student-athletes. Assessments that are typically used in this rotation include, but are not limited to: WAIS, WIAT, WRAT, PAI, Trails, CPT, and symptom checklists. Postdoctoral residents on this rotation will receive live observation and supervision to support the continued proficiency of their assessment, diagnostic, and conceptualization skills.

Education, Experience & Other Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical/counseling/educational psychology from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Completion of APA-accredited internship
  • Experience working with student-athletes
  • Excellent clinical, presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to form and nurture relationships with medical providers, administrators, and coaches
  • Self-motivated, disciplined, and collaborative
  • Creative and willing to invest in growing a sport psychology practice
  • Detail and action-oriented, selfless, has a growth mindset, and ability to work independently in a responsible and professional manner
  • Completion of dissertation required prior to commencement of position
  • Understanding of and strict adherence to the Minnesota Board of Psychology legal guidelines and American Psychological Association ethical guidelines

Preferred skills & experiences:

  • Experience working with athletes of all ages (youth to professional) across all sports
  • AASP certification
  • ADHD assessment experience
  • Experience working with youth/high school student-athletes, coaches, athletic medicine staff and multidisciplinary treatment teams
  • Training in performance-related issues
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Crisis intervention experience

Compensation is competitive with other postdoctoral positions. Depending on performance and workload, bonus opportunities are available. Benefits include retirement contributions (401k match after 1 year), health insurance, long-term group disability insurance, professional development/continuing education credits, paid time off, paid holidays, professional liability insurance, workers compensation, on-site training, and parental leave. Other highlights of this role include professional development support, being part of a team that conducts cutting-edge research, and internal diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

To apply for the Postdoctoral Sport Psychology Residency, please submit the following by January 21, 2022:

  • Completed Premier Sport Psychology Employment Application (Download HERE)
  • Cover letter expressing your interest in the Postdoctoral Residency, work experience, and why you believe you would be a great fit for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your clinical work

All questions and applications should be sent via email to:

Savanna Townsend,

Premier Sport Psychology
7401 Metro Blvd, Suite 510
Edina, MN 55439