David Yukelson, Ph.D.
Director of Sport Psychology Services, SAAB Co-adivsor
In his 27th year as Sport Psychologist with the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, Dr. David Yukelson is responsible for coordinating the delivery of Sport Psychology Services for all 31 athletic teams at Penn State University. A mental training specialist interested in talent development and the psychology of personal excellence, Dr. Yukelson provides counseling and support to coaches and student-athletes in the areas of: motivation and goal setting, visualization and performance planning, mental skills training for managing peak performance under pressure, offering individualized strategies for improving concentration, confidence, composure, and mental toughness. Dr. Yukelson also offers support and assistance to those individuals having difficulty handling multiple demands and stress effectively, navigating interpersonal relationships successfully, making the transition from high school to college smoothly, and/or coping with the trials and tribulations of being injured. In addition to individual counseling, he works with coaches and teams in the areas of championship team building and synergistic team functioning, communicating effectively, team leadership and collective team toughness.
Internationally renowned for his work in the field of Sport Psychology, Dr. Yukelson is Past-President, Fellow, and Certified Consultant in the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). He has published numerous articles in professional refereed journals, has had several papers presented at various national and international conferences. Dr. Yukelson is a member of the USA Track and Field Sport Psychology Registry and has traveled internationally with various USA National and Junior National Track and Field Teams. Over the past 4 years, he served as Sport Psychology Consultant and Cognitive-Behavioral Development Expert for USA Football’s Health, Safety, and Wellness Committee.
Dr. Yukelson obtained a B.A. degree in 1976 from the University of California at San Diego (Social Psychology); M.S. degree in 1979 from Florida State University (Movement Science with specialization in Motor Learning and Sport Psychology), and a Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of North Texas (Higher Education with specialization in Sport Psychology). A native of Los Angeles, CA, Dave and his wife Marla have been married 39 years, and have three children: Adam, Joshua, and Drew. In addition to spending quality time with family and friends, his hobbies and interests include traveling, biking, relaxing at the beach, and playing golf.
Dave Yukelson reflects on Sport Psychology and Mental Training with theFootballProfessor.com.