In response to COVID-19, SDUIS offers free sport psychology and counseling webinars to athletes coaches and first responders. Learn a variety of psychological techniques to help maintain motivation and get a competitive edge via FREE Zoom sessions to be held on May 28-30 and June 4-6th, 2020. Please fill in a form below to register.
Rebound to Excellence Presenters
Dr. Robert Nideffer
Dr. Nideffer is a psychologist, and the founder of Enhanced Dr. Nideffer is a psychologist, and the founder of Enhanced Performance Systems, a company which develops psychological tools, and provides psychological services, designed to help individuals and organizations maximize their potential. Dr. Nideffer has been consulting to businesses, sports teams, and the military since 1976. www.enhanced-performance.com Dr. Nideffer received his B.S. degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. He is professionally licensed and an ABPP Diplomate in clinical psychology.For twelve years, Dr. Nideffer was a professor, teaching psychological assessment to doctoral level students first at The University of Rochester, and then at the California School of Professional Psychology. He was the psychologist for the U.S. Olympic track and field teams in 1984 and 1988 and has provided consultative services to sports governing bodies around the world. In 1992, Dr. Nideffer was named by his professional colleagues, one of the top ten sport psychologists in the world for the decade of the 1980’s.Dr. Nideffer is the author of The Attentional and Interpersonal Style Inventory (TAIS), an assessment device used around the world for selection, screening, team building, and performance enhancement. He has published over 100 professional articles, and is the author of fifteen books . Two of his books The Inner Athlete and The Ethics and Practice of Applied Sport Psychology have been identified as classics in the field. As the founder of an organization that develops computer software and multi-media tools, and as a consultant providing team building, selection and screening, and performance enhancement services to Olympic Training Centers, Elite Military Groups, and Major Corporations around the world including The Australian Institute for Sport, Nortel, The Italian Olympic Training Center, Prudential Insurance, Sun Life, Navy Seals, General Motors Europe, Lucent Technologies, Magna, Alaris Medical Systems, Solar and Ericsson, and US Special Operations Forces, Dr. Nideffer knows the problems and pressures created by today’s rapidly changing technology and growing global competition. With these factors in mind, he uses his interviewing and psychological assessment skills, and his knowledge about the relationship between concentration, emotions, and performance, to help elite level performers get the most out of themselves and their teams.
Nicholas L. Molinaro, Ed.D., P.C
Dr. Nick is a licensed psychologist with specialties in Counseling, Human Development, and Sport/Performance Psychology. He has worked in the arena of performance psychology for over 30 years with middle school aged children through professional and Olympic level athletes in all sports. He is mostly known for his work on the PGA, LPGA, Symetra, Korn-Ferry Tours, etc. He has made frequent appearances on The Golf Channel, Fox 5 Sports, SiriusXM PGA Tour, ESPN Radio, etc, and consults with collegiate teams in golf, lacrosse, fencing, etc as well as the Michael Breed Golf Academy. Within the corporate arena he has consulted with Fortune 500 Co. in finance, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, professional services, etc. for talent acquisition/retention, executive performance assessments and development and corporate culture enhancement.
Dr. Jim Bauman
Dr. Jim Bauman is a licensed psychologist in WA, CA, VA, and New York. He has been a full-time sport psychologist for 30 years. That work includes 4 major university athletic departments working with student-athletes for 16 years; the US Olympic Committee for 10 years; and he has been in private practice for 5 years in the Seattle area. He works with NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and PGA athletes and teams and has provided sport psychology services at 7 Olympic Games. He has also worked with the Navy Special Warfare School and Navy SEAL teams. He currently works with a west coast MLB team and the USA Women’s Softball Team in their preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Dr. Herb Martin
Herb Martin, Ph.D. is the President of the Peak Performance Consulting Group. Dr. Martin has practiced as staff psychologist, executive coach, and organizational and sport psychology consultant over the last two decades. He has also been responsible for the design, development, and implementation of several successful programs for athletes, executives, and pro teams. Dr. Martin has consulted to Fortune 100 and 500 companies throughout the United States and has held management positions as an EAP director for a large metropolitan city and a managed care company. Dr. Martin has served as a consultant to the National Football League as Western Regional Evaluating Clinician for the NFL’s Program for Substances of Abuse since its inception in 1993. Additionally, as part of the NFL’s League wide efforts to ameliorate conduct related incidents among players, Dr. Martin develops and conducts Life Skills programs and trainings on a team basis. Dr. Martin is also the Team Clinician for the Los Angeles Chargers.Dr. Martin is also a consultant to the National Basketball Association where he is network provider to players who suffer from substance abuse disorders. He also conducted trainings for the National Basketball Developmental League and NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, and Dr. Martin has also served as advisor/consultant to NBA/NBPA Player Program departments. Dr. Martin and the Peak Performance Consulting Group have worked with the NCAA and colleges throughout the U.S. providing Leadership and Accountability programs, Life Skills, and consultation to players, coaches, and administrators. Dr. Martin received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the United States International University.
Dr. Katarina Thomas
Civilian Commander Dr. Katarina Thomas joined the Tustin Police Department in July 2016.
Before coming to the Tustin Police Department, Commander Thomas had an illustrious career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). While at LAPD, Commander Thomas worked a variety of assignments before retiring as a Lieutenant after 21 years of service. Commander Thomas is responsible for all civilian operations at the Tustin Police Department. This includes the: Communications Unit, Community Services Officers, Police Services Officer and Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Property and Evidence, Records Unit. She also oversees the department’s Peer Support and Wellness Programs and ensures the department maintains compliance with established Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation standards. Commander Thomas possesses a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona, a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and earned her doctorate at San Diego University for Integrative Studies.
Dr Slyvain Guimond
Dr. Sylvain Guimond D.O, Ph.D., is a renowned expert and practitioner in the fields of posture, biomechanics and sports psychology and the founding President of Biotonix. He evaluated and treated over 1,000 world class athletes such as Tiger Woods, John Smoltz and Greg Norman. Dr. Guimond was a consultant for the NHL and NBA, working with teams such as Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Caroline Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. Other sports professional teams include the Atlanta Braves, Montreal Alouettes, Phoenix Suns and Juventus of Turin, Italy. He was also invited to the Atlanta Olympic Games and still works with world-class athletes. Sylvain Guimond is a world renowned speaker, offering inspiring advice for businesses , athletes and the general public . Author of several bestsellers , he also contributes to the success of several television programs on RDS, TQS, V, Radio-Canada and TVA. You can read it regularly on his blog at rds.ca.
Dr Michael Gervais
Michael Gervais, PhD, is a world renowned high performance psychologist and industry visionary. Over the course of 20 years working with world-leading performers, Dr. Gervais has developed a psychological framework that allows people to thrive in pressure-packed environments. His clientele consists of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, countless Olympic medalists, MVPs from every major sport, world record holders, internationally acclaimed music artists and corporate leaders. Gervais and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll founded Compete to Create, an online educational and mindset training platform designed to help people explore the upper reaches of their capabilities and to live a life of meaning and purpose. Gervais is also the host of the wildly successful Finding Mastery podcast that explores the psychology of people on the path towards mastery.
Olympic Athlete Jadel Gregorio
Jadel Gregorio is an Olympic athlete, president of the nonprofit organization JGF active forever and the author of the book Stop Making Excuses. Jadel is a Brazilian and South American champion and record holder in the triple jump. In 2007 he jumped 58 feet, 8¾ inches, breaking a 32-year-old national and continental record. Jadel represented Brazil in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and has been a silver medalist at both indoor and outdoor IAAF World Championships. He was decorated by the Order of Rio Branco. Jadel is a horizontal jump coach in San Diego, California, his athletes participated in the 2018 and 2019 CIF Championship winning first place in the girls long and high jump events. Jadel is a speaker and mentor working with high performance athletes.
Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer played her first grand slam in 1979, with her last appearance coming as late as 1997. She won a WTA Tour singles event in Richmond in 1983 and numerous doubles titles, with the highlight being her Grand Slam titles at the 1981 French Open with Tanya Harford and 1983 with Candy Reynolds. She won 317 singles and 472 doubles matches on the tour during her long career. Nideffer pushed Martina Navratilova to the brink during the 1988 Wimbledon quarterfinals and reached the fourth round of the French, Australian and U.S. opens while winning nearly 800 matches.
Jerry Sherk is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons between 1970 until 1981. He made the Pro Bowl lineup for four straight years from 1973 through 1976, and is widely considered to be among the best defensive players in Cleveland Browns history. Sherk attended Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Sherk was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 1970 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.. Sherk was part of an AFC Central Division in which each team boasted All-Pro quality defensive tackles: the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ Joe Greene, the Cincinnati Bengals‘ Mike Reid, and the Houston Oilers‘ Curley Culp. In 1991 Sherk returned to college, earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He began counseling various vulnerable populations, becoming especially interested in working with at-risk children. Along the way he created a school-based group mentoring program that uses sports to teach young people how to reach goals in academics and life. In addition to the one-on-one model, Jerry has an expertise in group mentoring, as he created and ran group mentoring programs in the school setting for more than six years. Jerry recently co-wrote a manual for Public/Private Ventures on how to develop ex-prisoner mentoring efforts. An author or co-author of over 15 workbooks on youth and employee-to-employee mentoring, Jerry began honing his mentoring and leadership skills during his 12-year career as a player for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Jerry is the President of Mentor Management Systems (MMS), a leader in youth and adult mentoring program development.
Ed White graduated from Indio High School in Indio, California. In college, White played for the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears (1966-68) as a lineman and was selected a consensus All-American player in 1968. White began his professional football career with the Minnesota Vikings after being drafted in the second round of the 1969 AFL/NFL draft. He is one of 11 players to have played in all four Vikings Super Bowl appearances between 1969 and 1976. Before the 1978 season, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers, with whom he played until 1985 when he retired after 17 years and 241 games. As an offensive lineman, he was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. Charger quarterback Dan Fouts has been vocal about endorsing White for the Pro Football Hall of Fame: “When he retired, nobody had played in more games (241) as an offensive lineman than Ed White. They don’t have many statistics for offensive linemen other than Pro Bowls and Super Bowls, but Ed would be a leader. He was one of the most feared offensive linemen in the game.” After retiring from the NFL, White coached both at the college level and in the NFL. Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Kyle Turley has called White the best coach he’d ever had. Ed has garnered many post-career accolades, including Indio High School naming their football field Ed White Stadium. In 2015, for his outstanding college career at Cal Berkeley, Ed White was selected to the Pac-12 All Century Football Team. Ed has also been named to the All-Time Team for the Minnesota Vikings.
Lamond Murray is an American professional basketball player who last played with the NBA‘s New Jersey Nets. Murray was selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1994 NBA Draft after a college career at the University of California. He has played for the Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors, and the New Jersey Nets throughout his 12-year, 736 games NBA career, averaging 11.3 points per game. After one season with the Nets, he re-signed with the Clippers in October 2006 and was released several days later. In 2009, Lamond Murray joined the Bahrain Basketball Association in Bahrain. He played for Al-Muharraq Sports Club. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, March 10, 2012. Lamond Murray is currently advancing his education to become a sport psychologist and work with other professional athletes and teams.
Colby Huffman currently works on performance enhancement with professional and collegiate athletes in multiple sports. On staff at Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis, Huffman has also been designated a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Applied Association of Sport Psychology. As a performance specialist, Huffman works with athletes to encourage peak performances at specific times throughout the year.
Huffman has been selected as Golf Channel’s National Coach of the Week on various occurrences while also serving as a Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach (2016-current). He is a sport psychology and golf best-selling author per Amazon.com and is also a former PGA Teacher of the Year (Indiana Section). Further, he is the Brand Ambassador for Epon Golf North America.
Huffman served as a lead instructor for Hank Haney’s International Junior Golf Academy from 2007-09 while Hank was teaching Tiger Woods. Prior to that, he worked with Gary Gilchrist at the IJGA (as Director of Instructor Training) as well as the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Additionally, Huffman worked with the #1 ranked National Team in the world—coaching mental and technical skills to the South Korean Girls National Golf Team. He has been authenticated with LPGA and PGA Instructor Credentials and coached players at both LPGA and PGA Major Championships.
A four-time Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete at Purdue University, Huffman received the USAA All-American Collegiate Scholar Award in 1999. His undergraduate degree focused on kinesiology and biomechanics, before earning a Master’s degree from Purdue in 2001. Following his time in college, Huffman spent time playing professionally on the PGA Tour de Las Americas, Golden Bear Tour, Hurricane Tour and the Maverick Tour, where he competed against many of today’s PGA Tour Members.
Chris Washington is a former American football linebacker. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and the Phoenix Cardinals. Chris was a member of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Championship Team in 1989. He played seven seasons in NFL, 5 years with Tampa Bay Buccaneer, 1 year with Phoenix Cardinals and a year with San Francisco 49ers. Chris still holds the leading record in tackles of 457 at Iowa State University and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In 2005 Chris received a Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University.
Don Peters, M.S.
Don Peters completed his Bachelor’s in Research Psychology (with Distinction) from Louisiana State University, then went to work as a Counselor in Chemical Dependency at Starting Point of Orange County, in Costa Mesa. He later earned his Master’s in Research and Clinical Psychology from Long Beach State, and joined the clinical staff at Charter Hospital, Fountain Valley as a Family Therapist, Chem/Dep and Psychiatric Units. His work at Charter was followed by a field staff position at UCLA’s Drug Abuse Research Center in the NeuroPsychiatric Institute, where he conducted part of a comprehensive field study concerning cocaine and/or heroin addiction. From there Don went to work with USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative as Academic Coordinator, before returning to CSULB for a Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology, where he also worked as an Academic Advisor to Student-Athletes. As an athlete and former professional singer/actor, he brings principles of Performance Psychology into recovery. Don dramatically demonstrates that achieving and maintaining sobriety utilizes very similar strategies and abilities to function under pressure as do elite athletes and performers. In private practice, Don has founded The Next Level: Performance Under Pressure. Through his agency, he has worked with Olympic, professional and NCAA Division-I student-athletes. Don resides in Lakewood, California with Abbie W., a Mini-Pit/Terrier who fancies herself a Therapy Dog (she does seem to help folks feel better).
Michael Bouchahine, M.A.
Michael Bouchahine is a former collegiate and professional soccer player. He played and coached at Houston Baptist University, which is a NCAA Division I school. He also played three years of professional soccer with the Texas Strikers and Laredo Heat. In 2014 he was offered a contract to play professional soccer in Lebanon and was a candidate for the Lebanese National Soccer team. He graduated with a degree in psychology and kinesiology from Houston Baptist University in 2011. He obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2014. Michael is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Psychology with Specialization in Sport.
Dr Lisa Bulgatz
Lisa Bulgatz, PhD., has more than 15 years experience in the upper echelons of academia, serving as the Director of Student Services for the San Diego University for Integrative Studies, and Director of Academic Operations, before being appointed to her current position as Dean of Academic Affairs. Before joining the university administrative staff, Lisa served as NBA Education Program Coordinator for three years under the leadership of Dr. Cristina Versari, the Program Administrator. She earned her PhD with specialization in Sport Psychology from SDUIS, and a Master of Science in Kinesiology/Physical Education with specialization in Sport & Exercise Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. During her undergraduate and graduate studies at CSULB Lisa worked as a physical therapy technician in private practice for 5 years and another 5 years at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, CA, learning the importance of the mind-body connection, specifically how our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs can affect our body’s functioning and overall health, and what we do with our physical body can either positively or negatively impact our mental state.
Mark Glicini graduated from North Jersey’s Mahwah High School, where he was selected into the National Honor Society and played on the school’s first Varsity Lacrosse Team. As a senior, he was a First Team All-State attackman. Before Yale, he completed a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, where he was selected as a First Team All-New England two-way lacrosse midfielder and basketball point guard. He was also awarded the Benjamin C. Haviland Trophy, which is given each year to the “lacrosse player who has by his constant striving contributed most to both the improvement of himself and of his team.”As a Yale Senior, he graduated as a top-three short-stick defensive midfielder in the country, earned All-American status, and was selected First Team All-Ivy League, First Team All-New England. Twice at Yale, he won the team’s prestigious Winthrop A. Smith Award for “inspiring teammates with superior conditioning and team play.” Due to his strength and conditioning, recovery, and nutrition habits, he played in every game throughout his four years in New Haven. In the 2016 Collegiate Draft, he was drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, where he spent his first three professional seasons in Major League Lacrosse. Now, he is a member of Team Chaos in the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) and a member of the San Diego Seals in the National Lacrosse League. In the PLL’s inaugural season, he received the Jimmy Regan Teammate of the Year Award. In addition to being a Professional Athlete, he remains a Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, and Peak Performance Specialist. He is the Founder and CEO of Mark Glicini Peak Performance.
Dr. Cristina Versari
Dr. Versari was the Program Administrator for the NBA Education and Career Development Program responsible for the services offered to thirty NBA teams. Dr. Versari counseled NBA players on a variety of specific topics including career transition, life planning, education and degree completion. In addition to this Cristina Versari also developed numerous NBA players seminars and training programs. Dr. Versari is the Director of the Sport Psychology Program at the San Diego University for Integrative Studies. ( SDUIS). Dr. Versari worked with the Brazilian Olympic Mens Basketball Team and continues to provide services to individual professional basketball players. She attended the United States International University and obtained her Ph.D. and Masters degree in Psychology with specialization in Sport Psychology. Dr. Versari has been working with high profile clientele for over twenty eight years. Dr. Versari’s work has been featured on national and international television and in newspapers including Court TV, MSNBC, FOX News, CNN, LA Times, Sports Illustrated, Psychology Today, The New York Times, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, The San Diego Reader, Orlando Sentinel, Sacramento Bee, NorthJersey.com, UCSD Guardian, and Sportv.