Postdoctoral Sport Psychology Resident 2024

Location: Minneapolis metro area in Minnesota
Type: Full-Time (2-year position); Hybrid (in-office & remote)
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm; Some evenings and weekends will be required
Benefits Provided: Yes

About Company:
Premier Sport Psychology (PSP) is a leading sport and performance psychology consulting firm that works with athletes and teams from all competitive levels; professional sport organizations (including teams in the MLB, NBA, NFL, WNBA and MLS), Olympic/national teams, collegiate athletic departments (DI, DII and DIII), high schools, youth sport and many business executive teams. PSP provides a broad spectrum of services such as performance optimization, leadership development, mental health counseling, and resilience training for our clientele at all levels. PSP is based in the Twin Cities area and is also an experienced provider of virtual services across the country. Our team is incredibly passionate about our work and strives to offer the highest quality of care in business.

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
  • Team

Position Summary:
Premier Sport Psychology is pleased to offer a full-time, 2-year postdoctoral sport psychology residency position beginning August 2024. The position is designed for an individual who is interested in working as part of a sport and performance psychology consulting firm in a variety of settings combining clinical work, performance-enhancement, and outreach with youth, collegiate, and high-performance populations. 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.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • 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
    • Provide clinical supervision to practicum students at PSP, if applicable
    • 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
    • ADHD assessment depending on opportunity and interest
    • Hours can be applicable toward licensure requirements as specified by the Minnesota Board of Psychology
    • Other duties as assigned (e.g., content development, workbooks, online coaching resources, administrative activities, etc.)

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 the needs of Premier Sport Psychology. Some site-specific areas include ADHD/LD assessment that follow NCAA and APA standards and compliance, as well as research and development initiatives involving survey development, report writing, and data analysis.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical/counseling/school psychology from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Completion of APA-accredited internship
  • Experience working with student-athletes
  • Crisis intervention experience
  • Experience providing clinical supervision
  • Committed to providing culturally appropriate and responsive services to clients and athletic medicine/department staff related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, and socioeconomic status
  • 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 Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience working with athletes of all ages across various sports and organizations
  • Practicum experience servicing children and adolescent clients
  • CMPC certification through AASP
  • ADHD assessment experience
  • Experience working with youth/high school student-athletes, coaches, athletic medicine staff and multidisciplinary treatment teams
  • Training in mental performance-related issues
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include 401k retirement savings plan with employer match after one year of full-time employment, health insurance, health savings account, long-term disability insurance, professional development/continuing education time and funds, personal paid time off, and paid company-observed holidays. Additionally, this position will benefit from regular in-house didactic educational opportunities and consultation with a team of 10+ sport and performance consultants at Premier Sport Psychology. Other highlights of this role include 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 9, 2024:

  • 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,