Dan Gould, Ph.D.

Dan Gould, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Michigan State University. He focuses his efforts on achieving the Institute’s mission of providing leadership, conducting research and helping design community engagement projects that maximize the beneficial effects of sports participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects.

A sought after speaker, coaching educator and consultant in the area of applied sport psychology, Dan has published widely on topics such as mental preparation, coaching psychology, motivation, children in sport, stress and stress management and the development of life skills in young athletes. He has published over 200 articles in the field, co-written three books including, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the most widely used textbook in the world, and has been invited to speak on sport psychology topics in over 30 countries around the world.

Dan has also served as the Co-Chair of the Science & Technology Committee of the US Olympic Committee, was a member of the USOC Coaching and Development Committee and has worked extensively with a variety of national teams, Olympic and professional athletes. Dan was the Mental Training Consultant for the US Ski Team at the Nagano Olympic Games. He especially enjoys helping young athletes develop their mental games. Currently, Dan serves as a member of the US Tennis Association Sport Science and Medicine and US Figure Skating Sport Science and Medicine Committees and designed the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy a leadership training program for collegiate coaches.