Athlete Mindset

In this episode of Athlete Mindset, host Lisa Bonta Sumii is joined by Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius, a seasoned expert in sport and performance psychology. Dr. Pope-Rhodius, who has spent over three decades in the field, currently leads the Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program at Dominican University of California. This episode is part of a three-part series exploring the nuances and depth of sport and performance psychology.

This 3-part podcast series is titled: Developing the Next Generation of Mental Performance Consultants. About:
Dominican's Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (ASPP) department trains students to be ethical, professional, and culturally competent practitioners who work with performers in a variety of domains. Our program is committed to supporting both the professional and personal growth of students to become practitioners and leaders of Sport and Performance Psychology who integrate the art and science of mental skills training.

“Developing the Next Generation of Mental Performance Consultants | Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius” Highlights:
  • Dr. Pope-Rhodius outlines the differences between sports psychology, which traditionally deals with athletes and coaches, and performance psychology, a broader field encompassing various high-pressure professions, including the military and emergency services.
  • This episode provides insight into how Dominican University’s Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program equips students for success. The program aligns with the CMPC certification, integrating coursework with practical experience.
  • We look at the hands-on training involving direct work with teams and individuals to build essential counseling skills, complementing theoretical knowledge with substantial field experience.
  • Dr. Pope-Rhodius shares the diverse career paths program graduates often pursue, including roles in the military, sports teams, private practices, and beyond, highlighting the program’s strong industry connections and emphasis on comprehensive career preparation.
About Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius:
  • With over thirty years in the field, Dr. Pope-Rhodius has extensively worked with elite performers and now leads the next generation of psychologists as the director of the Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program at Dominican University of California.
  • Dr. Pope-Rhodius is a certified mental performance consultant who specializes in preparing students not only for successful careers but also for the CMPC certification, ensuring they are fully equipped to meet the needs of performers across various sectors.
  • Visit the Dominican University of California's official page for more details on Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius's work and the university's programs in sport and performance psychology.
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Lisa Bonta Sumii
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What is Athlete Mindset?

This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. Presented and produced by SportsEpreneur. Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.
And this podcast is all about mental health in sports.

This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports.

Hosted by Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

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About Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Lisa is a mental health therapist with over 21 years of clinical experience, licensed in both CA and NV. She is a private practice clinician and the CEO and Founder of AthMindset, LLC.

Lisa supports the elite athlete to achieve optimal mental health and peak mental sport performance. She works with adolescent sport teams, collegiate student-athletes, Olympians/Olympic hopefuls, as well as professional athletes and teams.

Lisa is the first-ever Mental Health & Sport Performance Specialist for the Oakland Roots Sports Club. The Roots are a men’s professional soccer team and purpose-driven club. Seeing the elite athlete as a multidimensional human, navigating various roles and identities, is integral to Lisa’s approach. Focusing on the role that interpersonal trauma, culture, race, gender, and sexual orientation play as the athlete navigates life on and off the field, is at the center of her work.

Lisa is listed in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry and the National Football League Player Association’s Clinician Directory.

Lisa is often an invited podcast guest and conference speaker. Besides hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on the SportsE+ podcast platform. She spoke at TEDxWilmington on the intersection of race, mental health, and sport.

She has been featured in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, BBC World News, and Women’s Health Magazine.
AthMindset, LLC, supports the mental health of the elite athlete and their ecosystem. This includes serving the spouses/partners, family members, coaches, teams, referees/umpires, agents, and athletic trainers, with clinical services and sport performance consultation.

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