Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology – University of North Texas
MA in Sport and Performance Psychology – University of Denver
BS in Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Doctoral Internship – University of St. Thomas Center for Wellbeing

Dr. Matthew Mikesell

Postdoctoral Resident

Matt Mikesell, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in sport and performance psychology.  He works collaboratively with athletes to enhance the psychological skills necessary to thrive within and beyond sport, including confidence, motivation, awareness, and resilience.

Matt Mikesell joins Premier Sport Psychology after a distinguished career as an athlete an academic, endeavors that have taken him across the country and had him working within a variety of performance domains.  A two-sport, two-captain athlete in college, Matt graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Coaching.  He went on to earn his master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, where he created intervention plans and treatment programming for athletes with eating disorders, and served as the president of the Center for Performance Excellence.  While completing his doctorate in Psychology at the University of North Texas, Matt moonlighted as a sport psychology consultant for the UNT athletic department, and worked as a Doctoral-level counselor at a low-cost community mental health center, assisting clients contending with military trauma, sexual trauma, depressive symptoms, and identity development.  Matt believes in understanding the unique story and unique values that each person brings into performance, and strives to help individuals feel they have someone in their corner.  Creating a warm, caring, and authentic environment is critical to the work that he does.

A devoted fitness enthusiast, husband, and animal advocate, Matt divides his time outside Premier between Crossfit competitions, enjoying time with his family, and fostering stray, displaced, and abused animals—a tradition he and his wife began after volunteering for The Street Dog project in Dallas.

Specializations

Depression, Anxiety, Transitions, Eating Disorders, Focus Training, Confidence, Injury Recovery, High School and Collegiate Athletes

Work Experience

Matt’s work at Premier includes providing individual and team services at Macalester College and supporting Premier’s contract with USA Curling.

In additional to his organizational work, Matt sees individual performers of all ages and skill levels, and has a particular interest in the mental side of CrossFit performance.

More of the team

Sport Psychology Consultant

Athletic Counselor, Mental Performance Consultant, Youth Sport Coordinator

Director of Clinical Assessment, Sport Psychologist

Mental Performance Consultant

Vice President of Operations

Executive Director of Client Relations

Leadership Consultant, Project Specialist

Athletic Counselor, Mental Performance Consultant, Leadership Coach

Human Resource Generalist

Office Coordinator

Athletic Counselor, Mental Performance Consultant

Project Specialist

Executive Assistant, Project Coordinator

President, Executive Leadership Consultant

Sport Psychologist, Executive Director of Research and Development

Sport Psychologist, Assistant Training Director

Sport Psychologist, Executive Clinical Director

Sport Psychologist

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