Boston University experts available to comment on Sochi Winter Olympics

January 31st, 2014

The 22nd Winter Olympics will begin on February 7th in Sochi, Russia. The following Boston University experts are available to comment on topics ranging from Olympic athletes, advertising, gay rights, and the threat of terrorist attacks:

Athletes, athletic performance, sport psychology

Amy Baltzell is an associate professor and author of  Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life. She is an expert on sport psychology, performance enhancement, positive psychology and mindfulness. She was also a member of the 1992 US Olympic Rowing Team. Contact Baltzell at 617-358-1080 or

Adam Naylor is a clinical assistant professor. An expert on sport psychology, he has spent over a decade educating Olympians, major & minor league professionals, as well as college athletes. He is a regular contributor to’s Get Moving section, and is Counseling Column Editor for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Counseling. Contact Naylor at 617-358-6010 or

Advertising & Merchandising

Christopher Cakebread is a master lecturer in advertising in the College of Communication. One area of his expertise is in the selling power of athletes & how they deal with fame. His main research interests include coaching children in youth sports.  Contact Cakebread at 617-353-3476 or

Edward Boches is a professor of advertising and an expert on brands and industry trends. Contact Boches at 617-353-3482 or

Security & Terrorism

Joseph Wippl is a professor of international relations and an expert in security & intelligence.  A former CIA officer, he has been quoted frequently in the media on issues concerning terrorism and NSA leaks & spying. Contact Wippl at 617-353-8992 or

Gay rights

Robert Volk is an associate professor of legal writing and an expert on gay & lesbian rights. Contact Volk at 617-353-3156 or

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