The CMC Psychology Club recently brought Shelly Sheinbein '10 to the College to talk about her work with Division I athletes and the general steps to becoming a sports psychologist or sports consultant. In the April 10 talk, she provided a general introduction to sports psychology, her experiences in the lab, on the track/ tennis court, training models, the different career paths in sports psychology and the different jobs one can take with a sports psychology degree. Sports psychologists teach tools to athletes in order for them to increase performance on the field. They also offer counseling for athletes and work with coaches and parents. Shelly left the lacrosse field as an Athena, but she has reentered the sports realm in a new way.
Sheinbein currently teaches General Psychology and Experimental Methods at the University of North Texas where she is a sports consultant for the track and field team, a researcher in the university lab under Dr. Trent Petrie, and a fourth year Doctoral Candidate in Counseling with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. In 2014, Sheinbein presented a poster at the American Psychological Association Convention with Dr. Petrie entitled “Psychological mediators of the fitness-depression relationship within adolescents.” She previously worked with the women’s tennis team.
In her time at CMC, Sheinbein was a scholar, Athena lacrosse player, and researcher in Professor Krauss’ psychology lab, among other things. Shelly reached a high level of success out on the lacrosse field as a CMS Wall of Fame recipient and in the academic realm. Her senior thesis entitled “Childhood Obesity Stigmas: Can Film Media Reduce Weight Stigma in Youth?” was published in The International Journal of Sport and Society and presented at the International Conference of Sport and Society in Vancouver, Canada. Shelly also presented a poster from collaborated studies with Professor Krauss for the American Psychology Association in Rhode Island in 2008.
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