Springfield College third-year student Dolores Christensen has been elected student representative for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). The AASP is an international professional organization that promotes the field of sport psychology.
Currently enrolled in the Springfield College Doctor of Psychology Program in counseling psychology, Christensen will be responsible for promoting AASP at the student level and organizing multiple student-led initiatives during the 2015 academic year. A student member of AASP since 2011, Christensen has served as a delegate on the student website committee, the student volunteers initiative, the internship and practicum experience database, and the performance excellence movement newsletter.
“Dolores is a brilliant scholar with a bright future,” said Springfield College Psychology Department Chair Allison Cumming-McCann. “She is incredibly committed to the field of sport psychology and will be a wonderful student representative of both Springfield College and our PsyD. program. We are very proud of her.”
Christensen has focused her clinical work on college student-athletes and individuals with substance use disorders. Her research examines the cognitive strategies that ultramarathon runners in 50 and 100-mile races use to cope with mental, emotional, and physical demands of extreme human endurance.
In addition to AASP, Christensen is an active member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Graduation Education and Training in the Practice of Sport Psychology. She also is the student representative to the Executive Committee of Division 47 of American Psychological Association.
The AASP promotes ethical practice, science and advocacy in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Since 1986, the AASP has been an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport and exercise psychology. With more than 2,000 members in 54 countries, the AASP is a worldwide leader, sharing research and resources with the public via its website, appliedsportpsych.org.