S3 Ep 001: The Brain Always Wins

With special guest: Dr John Sullivan

In this opening episode of Season 3, I speak with Dr John P. Sullivan. John is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sports Psychologist. He has over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience, including his work with the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen years assisting with the coordination of sport science and clinical care. Dr Sullivan’s experience also includes such work within the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, British Premier Football League, Premier Rugby League, Australian Football League and Olympic national teams. He is an expert consultant for the elite military of the Department of the Navy and law enforcement in regard to performance and welfare needs.

As the Clinical Sport Psychologist/Sport Scientist for Providence College and the University of Rhode Island, he maintains positions in Sports Medicine and Sport Science. He is also the Assistant Director of the South County Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Dr Sullivan is a visiting scholar/sport scientist at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)/Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Dr. Sullivan also serves as an Instructor/Supervisor for Brown University Medical School Sports Medicine Fellowship.

He provides consultation to the NFL office on issues related to well-being and performance and is a member of the mental/behavioural health advisement group. Dr Sullivan was one of five national experts identified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to provide expert contribution to new guidelines for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook, and he is the co-lead author for the interdisciplinary consensus statement regarding the treatment of mental health issues with student-athletes, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the NCAA. Dr Sullivan also serves as a Scientific Advisory for five sport technology companies providing support and oversight throughout the development process.

He has co-authored three recent chapters; the first on the merging of technology, neuroscience, biofeedback, and sport/performance psychology in Sport psychology: On the way to the Olympic Games; and the second chapter focusing on well-being and mental health issues in athletes within fundamental concepts in sport and exercise psychology; A project sponsored by the International Society of Sport Psychology, and the third chapter for the American Psychological Association (APA) book – Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You 3rd edition – focusing on working in sport and the role of Sport Psychologists and properly defining the title, role, and credentials.

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