Nationally Recognized Sport Psychologist Joel Fish, Ph. D to Lead Discussion with USM Student-Athletes: “Gaining a Mental Edge” 

Nationally Recognized Sport Psychologist Joel Fish, Ph. D to Lead Discussion with USM Student-Athletes: “Gaining a Mental Edge” 


GORHAM, Maine – Nationally-recognized Sport Psychologist Joel Fish, Ph.D. will be sharing his invaluable knowledge with University of Southern Maine Husky student-athletes and coaches on Friday, December 6.

With 20 years of experience working with athletes of all ages and skill levels, Dr. Fish is the Director of The Center for Sport Psychology in Philadelphia, and has been called upon to share his techniques with the Philadelphia area professional teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Phillies, and has also worked with the United States Women's National Soccer Team. Dr. Fish has led discussions and presentations at more than 300 universities and has been featured on NBC's Today, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and ESPN's SportsCenter

"It is great to be able to bring someone like Dr. Joel Fish to our campus to work with our student-athletes, staff and other members of the campus community," said University of Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean. "Highly regarded in the profession, Dr. Fish's conversations related to mental health issues will be impactful and meaningful to our student-athletes and staff. Providing opportunities to openly discuss the impact of the mental approach to optimum performance and the challenges associated with mental health are increasingly needed on collegiate campuses, and Dr. Fish is an excellent facilitator for these necessary conversations." 

Dr. Fish's presentation, "Gaining the Mental Edge," will cover the topics of mental skills for peak performance, the psychology of winning, and decision making on and off of the field.  With the growing importance of mental health on college and university campuses, Dr. Fish will also present on anxiety, depression, stress and coping skills along with identifying or recognizing warning signs and tips to handle difficult conversations.  

Dr. Fish will meet separately with the Huskies' Athletic Staff and then have an informational session with members of the Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  At 1:00 pm on Friday, Dr. Fish will be available for all student-athletes, and others who may be interested at the Costello Sports Complex's Alumni Reception Center.