Sports Psychology
Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology

Lead Author(s): Mike C. Parent, PhD and Tyler C. Bradstreet, PhD

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Sport and Performance Psychology explores the foundations of psychological science as it applies to sports and peak performance. The text covers the psychological characteristics of peak performers, psychological skills of peak performance, mental and behavioral health issues in sports, and sports and diversity.

About the Authors

Mike C. Parent, PhD

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Dr Mike Parent

Dr. Parent was born in the small town of Morris, Manitoba, Canada, where he completed high school. Growing up in a low income community, he had limited access to sports facilities; his middle and high school had no sports teams for sports that required specialized equipment such as football. He competed in field events for his school, including high jump and long jump. Dr. Parent completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. He began weight lifting at the University gym. In 2007, he moved to Gainesville, Florida to begin his PhD in Counseling Psychology. While at the University of Florida he continued weight training and competed in the first UF Strong Gator strongman/strongwomen competition. During his first faculty position at Texas Tech University, Dr. Parent competed inches first bodybuilding competition. He has continued to compete in bodybuilding competitions since then. Dr. Parent is now an assistant professor of counseling psychology and counselor education at the University of Texas at Austin. He conducts research on health disparities, substance use, and men's health behaviors. He teaches undergraduate courses in Human Sexuality, Sports Psychology, and Addiction Counseling, and graduate courses in Addictions, Research Methods, and Cognitive Assessment. He is a consultant for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where he produces continuing education training for psychologists, social workers, nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians. He maintains a small private practice, conducting assessments for ADHD, learning disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. He sees therapy patients weekly and specializes in treatment of PTSD, adult ADHD, and couples counseling.

Tyler C. Bradstreet, PhD

Dr. Tyler Bradstreet

Dr. Bradstreet is a licensed psychologist in Lubbock, TX and a nationally recognized sport psychologist. Dr. Bradstreet currently serves as the Director of Clinical & Sport Psychology for Texas Tech Athletics, where he oversees the provision of mental and behavioral health services and mental performance training to more than 400 student-athletes and their coaches and staff across 17 NCAA Division 1 sport programs. In addition to his work at Texas Tech Athletics, Dr. Bradstreet is an adjunct faculty member within Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University, where he provides clinical supervision and training to future sport psychologists, and teaches an undergraduate sport and performance psychology course each semester. Dr. Bradstreet also is a co-owner of Tackett and Bradstreet Psychology Services, a private practice that provides mental and behavioral health services and performance psychology consulting. Dr. Bradstreet holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Baylor University, a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of North Texas, and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Texas Tech University. He completed his psychology residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bradstreet is actively involved in leadership in the field of psychology, serving in roles at the local, state, and national level. His expertise includes performance psychology, behavioral medicine, and men’s mental health. Dr. Bradstreet has more than 15 peer-reviewed publications, 50 professional presentations, workshops, and invited addresses, and is routinely a media consultant on psychological science topics. Outside of his professional life, you will likely find Dr. Bradstreet with his wife, Dr. Bailey Tackett, and their dog, Riley, at a sporting event, concert, or going on an outdoor adventure somewhere in west Texas.