Amy Baltzell

Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Development
Coordinator of Sports Psychology Specialization

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EdD, Boston University
EdM, Boston University
BA, Wesleyan University

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Dr. Amy Baltzell is the Coordinator of the Sport Psychology Track, within the Counseling Program, within the Department of Counseling & Human Development Program. Dr. Baltzell’s teaching, writing and counseling interests are in areas of performance enhancement, positive psychology and mindfulness. She teaches graduate courses in sport psychology and positive psychology. She oversees and teaches… Read more

Dr. Amy Baltzell is the Coordinator of the Sport Psychology Track, within the Counseling Program, within the Department of Counseling & Human Development Program. Dr. Baltzell’s teaching, writing and counseling interests are in areas of performance enhancement, positive psychology and mindfulness. She teaches graduate courses in sport psychology and positive psychology. She oversees and teaches graduate level sport psychology practicums. Dr. Baltzell has been involved in sport at all levels including Olympic level rowing and Professional sailing. She also coached youth, masters and collegiate rowing. As a licensed counseling psychologist, and practicing sport psychologist, she provides educational workshops to teachers, parents, coaches, camps, sport teams (high school and collegiate level) She also has a private practice. She was a member of the 1989–1991 U.S. National Rowing Teams, the 1992 Olympic Rowing Team, and the 1995 America’s Cup All-Women’s Sailing Team. Her most recent book (2011) is entitled “Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life”. She is a contributing author to the books “Whose Game Is It, Anyway” (2006), “Character and Coaching:Building Virtue in Athletic Programs” (2001) and a co-author of the chapter “Arousal and Performance” in the Handbook of Sport Psychology (2001).

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    • Parents, you’ve been doing pep talks all wrong

      February 26, 2015

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Amy Baltzell, School of Education On my oldest child’s 16th birthday last fall, I engaged in a parental rite of passage: driving her to the Registry of Motor Vehicles for her learner’s permit. To get it, she’d need to pass a 25-question test about traffic rules — and she was a little nervous. […]

    • Gender gap in treating female athletes

      June 3, 2013

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Amy Baltzell, School of Education Chloe O’Connell, 20, of Wellfleet, has gotten pretty adept at using crutches over the last nine months, as she’s waited for the stress fractures in both of her heels to repair themselves… Expert quote: “I think we’re in a crisis. The injury rate is going up, […]

    • What does it take to win a Gold medal?

      August 9, 2012

      BBC World News Amy Baltzell, School of Education View video

    • No medal? Aly Raisman’s still got mettle

      August 7, 2012

      Boston Herald Amy Baltzell, School of Education Unflappable Needham native Aly Raisman faces what could be the “almost impossible” task of rebounding from yesterday’s tiebreaker-tarnished finish that cost her an individual medal… View article

    • These foods are diet champs

      August 2, 2012

      Boston Herald Amy Baltzell, School of Education For elite athletes, eating right is as crucial as practice… View article

    • Why is Boston so obsessed with exercise?

      April 15, 2012

      Boston Globe Adam Naylor, School of Education, Boston University Athletic Enhancement Center Amy Baltzell, School of Education Winter Sunday mornings on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton are a blur of polypropylene and spandex. View article

    • 40 years later, Title IX still resonating

      February 16, 2012

      Boston Globe Amy Baltzell, School of Education As the coach of three high school girls’ teams outside Chicago in 1977, Connie Bauman noted that salaries for boys’ coaches were much higher than the girls’… View article

    • Psychology of a Rematch

      January 30, 2012

      NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” Amy Baltzell, School of Education The New England Patriots crafted a historic undefeated 2007 season leading up to the championship game against the New York Giants… View article and listen to audio

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