On May 31, 2018, we had a Q&A with renowned psychologist, Kate Hays, PhD, C.Psych, CMPC, one of the world’s leading experts in performance coaching and author of Performance Psychology in Action and You’re On!  Consulting for Peak Performance.

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Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., C.Psych., has been practicing psychology since 1971, first in New Hampshire and currently in Toronto. With a background in clinical psychology (Ph.D. from Boston University), for the past 30 years she has developed expertise in Sport Psychology, and more recently, the emerging field of Performance Psychology.

As an independent scholar, Dr. Hays has lectured widely throughout North America, England, and Australia. Her latest book, Performance Psychology in Action (APA, 2009), complements the co-authored You’re On! Consulting for Peak Performance (APA, 2004).  Her combined interests in exercise and psychotherapy have resulted in three books, Move Your Body: Tone Your Mood (New Harbinger Publications, 2002), Working it Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy (APA, 1999) and edited Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement, and Mind: Therapeutic Unity (Haworth, 1998).

Dr. Hays is licensed as a psychologist in the state of New Hampshire and the province of Ontario. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, and the Psychologists in Independent Practice), and a Fellow and Certified Mental Performance Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. She is Certified in EMDR and is a member of EMDRIA. Dr. Hays is listed in the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. She founded the Toronto Marathon Psyching Team and currently serves as Co-Director.

Active in state, provincial, and national psychology and sport psychology governance, Dr. Hays has represented the state of New Hampshire, the province of Ontario, and the Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, and Sport Psychology on APA’s Council of Representatives. She is past-Chair of the international Sport Psychology Council and is Past-President of APA’s Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. She received the Bruce Ogilvie Award for Professional Practice from APA’s Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and the Distinguished Professional Practice Award of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She was the 2017 recipient of the Mentoring Award for APA’s Psychologists in Independent Practice. For 2017-2018, she serves as Chair of APA Publications & Communications Board.

The Performing Edge, founded by Dr. Kate Hays, is a consulting practice devoted to sport and performance psychology.  Kate provides performance enhancement training, working with individuals and small groups, as well as large group workshops and seminars.

Kate’s Psychology Today Blog.  Kate’s blog focusing on essentials of optimal performance,  performance enhancement for athletes, performing artists, and business leaders.  The archive of Kate’s past posts is here.

Kate’s Recent Books, Book Chapters and Professional Articles

Andersen, M. B. & S.Hanrahan, S. J. (Eds.) (2015) Doing exercise psychology (pp.217-230). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Aoyagi, M. W., & Poczwardowski, A. (Eds.). (2012). Expert approaches to sport psychology: Applied theories of performance excellence. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Etzel, E. F., and Watson, J. C. (Eds.) (2014). Ethical issues in sport, exercise and performance psychology. Morgantown, WV: FIT.

Hanrahan, S. J., & Andersen, M. B. (Eds.), (2010). Routledge handbook of applied sport psychology. New York: Routledge.

Hays, K. F. (Ed.) (2009). Performance psychology in action: a casebook for working with athletes, performing artists, business leaders, and professionals in high-risk occupations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Herzog, T., & Hays, K. F. (2012). Therapist or mental skills coach? How to decide. The Sport Psychologist, 26, 486-499.

Meijen, C., Day, C., & Hays, K. F. (2016). Running a psyching team: Providing mental support at long–distance running events. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 8, 12-22.

Murphy, S. M. (Ed.) (2012). Oxford handbook of sport and performance psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Norcross, J. C., VandenBos, G. R., & Freedheim, D. K. (Editors-in-Chief), APA Handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 1: Roots and Branches (pp. 337-350). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Razon, S. & Sachs, M. L. (Eds.) (2018) Applied Exercise Psychology: The Challenging Journey from Motivation to Adherence.

Walfish, S., Zimmerman, J., & Barnett, J. (Eds.) (2017) The handbook of private practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

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