Adam Naylor

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Education

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Education:

EdD, Boston University, Counseling Psychology – Sport Psychology, 2001
EdM, Boston University, Developmental Studies and Counseling – Sport Psychology, 1997
BS, Trinity College (CT), Psychology, 1996

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Dr. Naylor has spent over a decade educating Olympians, major and minor league professionals, competitors in major collegiate conferences (Hockey East, ACC, Big West, Big Ten, Ivy, WCC), and elite juniors athletes towards their goals. He is a regular contributor to USA Hockey coach education conferences and serves as an external consultant to a variety… Read more

Dr. Naylor has spent over a decade educating Olympians, major and minor league professionals, competitors in major collegiate conferences (Hockey East, ACC, Big West, Big Ten, Ivy, WCC), and elite juniors athletes towards their goals. He is a regular contributor to USA Hockey coach education conferences and serves as an external consultant to a variety of sports academies (currently the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy) and school athletic departments. His research inquiries lie in understanding best practices for player development and how coaches, parents, and organizations create optimal growth environments for athletes. Beyond being on the faculty of the School of Education, he actively consults with athletes, teams and organizations on player development concerns, writes for Psychology Today’s The Sporting Life column, contributes to Boston.com’s Get Moving section, and is Counseling Column Editor for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Counseling.

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  • Mixed martial arts sends mixed messages about violence in sport

    February 28, 2017

    The Boston Globe Adam Naylor, School of Education “IF VIOLENCE is going out of fashion in sports, nobody’s told the fans…” Expert Quote: “There’s an edge-of-your-seat kind of thing, a very visceral gut instinct to [MMA].” View full article. 

  • Sports psychologists say best prescription is payback for Patriots

    January 25, 2017

    Boston Herald Adam Naylor, School of Education Victory is sweet. And revenge can make it downright divine…. Expert quote: “If you’re going to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t need more energy.” View full article

  • Do we appreciate Boston’s magical run of sporting success?

    January 25, 2017

    Boston Globe Adam Naylor, School of Education These two weeks can be the darkest of the year…. Expert quote: “I think the early victories had a larger emotional pop because they were unique and novel.” View full article

  • Fame, fortune doesn’t mean immediate success at Fenway

    September 15, 2016

    Portland Press Herald Adam Naylor, School of Education Rick Porcello spent hours in the video room and on the bullpen mound at Fenway Park last season, analyzing every mistake he made, every home run he allowed, and seeking potential fixes. Expert quote: “The psychology of sports is quite subtle. It’s not that you’re stressed or […]

  • Fun? Enjoyment? By any name, exercise!

    July 8, 2016

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Adam Naylor, School of Education No pain, no gain. This once-heralded mantra, embodied in the 1980s by aerobics diva Jane “Feel the Burn” Fonda, has been largely debunked by the medical community and fitness experts alike… Expert quote: “Fun is overrated in sports and exercise, but enjoyment is essential. This is actually […]

  • ‘The Crying Game:’ LeBron James and Cavs get emotional after NBA title win

    June 22, 2016

    CNN.com Adam Naylor, School of Education No major sporting event is complete without tears these days — preferably lots of them… Expert quote: “This is a way for an athlete to deliver his story to us. When we listen to LeBron’s story, he’s telling us there was incredible adversity to his season. Whether we believe it […]

  • Patriots’ even-keel approach has psychological merit

    October 3, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Adam Naylor, School of Education The Patriots split up after practice Wednesday, headed to weddings and hometowns and old college stomping grounds for a few off days during their bye week, leaving behind the rest of New England with a fascinating juxtaposition… Expert quote: “It’s always easier to go to the […]

  • Experts Media Alert – Tom Brady and “Deflategate”

    July 29, 2015

    Months after the “Deflategate” controversy sprung up in the wake of the New England Patriots‘ AFC Championship win against the Indianapolis Colts in January, NFL officials have again ruled to uphold Patriots QB Tom Brady’s four game suspension. Guilty or not, Brady will have to take the issue up in federal court to have his punishment reduced or […]

  • Overcoming collapse no gimme for most

    June 24, 2015

    Boston Herald Adam Naylor, School of Education When Dustin Johnson missed a putt that he’s probably hit a million times, albeit this one coming on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open, tournament golfers the world over could empathize with the man walking off the 18th green at Chambers Bay… Expert quote: “I think the […]

  • The Conversation US – Adam Naylor

    June 11, 2015

    To excel in youth sports, kids need couch time Adam Naylor, Boston University It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… Charles Dickens could easily have been writing about the present state of sports. The speed, strength and explosiveness […]

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