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About Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology

Run the Gamut

Local connections mean more options for you.

With the diversity of our community partnerships, you’ll have opportunities to work directly with the populations of your interests. We have practicum placements where you can work with clients including collegiate athletes and performers in other domain or a more diverse learning experience.

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Applied Track

The applied track prepares students to consult within the applied sport, exercise and performance psychology focus, and to earn mentored hours toward their pursuit of the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) credential. Here are just a few of the arenas certified consultants have found success:

  • Private practice
  • Professional sports
  • Behavioral coaching
  • Branches of the military
  • Fitness centers
  • Consulting firms


Students attend class at UW Green Bay

Course-Based Track

The course-based track involves coursework that is ideal for coaches, athletic trainers, strength & conditioning specialists, health/wellness/fitness specialists, or anyone working with performance-oriented clients wanting to have the knowledge and skills in mental performance, leadership, and/or coaching. Course-based track graduates can use their master's degree in the following careers:

  • Coaching
  • Athletic administration
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Sport development



Help fund your degree and gain experience by assisting professors or conducting research.

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We provide practicum experiences and service projects for students to consult with athletes and performers of various levels and backgrounds.

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Students have independent study opportunities to build knowledge in the SEPP field by completing research. Plus, view what research we've been doing to see if our program fits your interests.

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Meet Our Students

Learn our students' research interests and academic backgrounds to understand what our program is all about.

Current Student Bios  

Meet a Phoenix

"I chose this program because of the advisors have the best interests in mind for their students. Through their consistent challenging of the students, they’re making better and more ethical practitioners in the future of sport psychology."

Beaux Myers '22
M.S. in Sport, Psychology and Performance Psychology

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum provides opportunities for hands-on experiences on the applied track, such as practicum and independent study projects. The course-based track provides students with courses grounded in the theoretical foundation on performance improvement and behavior change, in addition to other areas related to SEPP. Students on both tracks will learn how to use problem-solving skills and reasoning to make ethical professional decisions.

The curriculum includes specialized knowledge in the eight knowledge areas identified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is designed for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Professional Ethics and Knowledge
    1. Integrate their practice ethics and standards related to professional practice.
    2. Demonstrate techniques to develop rapport with clients, to explain their professional roles, and to adjust expectations of clients.
    3. Identify ethical and legal issues related to professional activities.
    4. Apply strategies to evaluate and resolve ethical and legal dilemmas, as well as decision making in the professional practice.
  2. Sport Psychology
    1. Demonstrate understanding of theoretical foundation of the psychological processes that influence human performance in athletic settings.
    2. Identify and apply psychological techniques and strategies to enhance performance in sport and other domains (e.g. performing arts, military).
    3. Evaluate research in sport psychology and psychological factors related to performance and participation in sport and exercise settings.
    4. Evaluate the needs of clients and plan interventions based on this evaluation.
    5. Choose and apply sport psychology theories and research that best fit different performance and exercise psychology cases.
  3. Sport Science
    1. Define, distinguish, and assess physiological principles relevant to the effect of exercise on human functioning and performance.
    2. Identify motor control processes and mechanisms underlying the learning and performance of motor skills.
    3. Integrate sociocultural perspectives on sport (e.g., gender, race, economics, politics).
    4. Explain historical foundations and philosophical questions related to the development of sport and physical activity programs.
  4. Psychopathology
    1. Identify and distinguish abnormal human behavior.
    2. Assess clients for psychopathology.
    3. Apply etiology of mental disorders in working with clients.
    4. Identify and implement strategies that ameliorate psychopathology symptoms.
  5. Helping Relationships
    1. Demonstrate understanding of counseling theories.
    2. Develop a professional philosophy based on their theoretical approach to working with performers and exercisers.
    3. Implement skills to successfully interact with clients, such as listening, interviewing, assessment, and counseling/consulting skills.
    4. Engage in supervised practice of sport, exercise, and performance psychology.
  6. Research Methods and Statistics
    1. Demonstrate understanding of research methods and design.
    2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of tests and measurements.
    3. Execute and interpret basic and advanced data analyses.
    4. Engage in ethical implementation of research and program evaluation.
  7. Psychological Foundations of Behavior
    1. Apply principles of theories of cognition and affect to influence behavior.
    2. Assess the influences of social aspects (e.g., group processes, persuasion) on performance and well-being.
    3. Utilize knowledge of theories of personality to assess individual differences and human lifespan development.
    4. Apply concepts of positive psychology (e.g., mindfulness, flow, grit) to the improvement of performance and well-being.
  8. Diversity and Culture
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of conceptual frameworks for sociopolitical and cultural factors that impact human behavior.
    2. Assess the dimensions of personal identity and individual differences (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation) and how they may influence the professional relationship.
    3. Identify and implement intervention strategies for addressing the needs of individuals from unique racial/ethnic background, religious affiliations, gender identity, etc.
    4. Integrate culturally competent approaches to consultation with performers and exercisers.
Joanna Morrissey

Want to Know More?

As a certified mental performance consultant who works with a diverse population of sport and exercise participants, Professor Joanna Morrissey can help you decide if our program is right for you.

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