Contact Information
Phone: 617-358-6010

Educational History

  • Ed.D., Boston University, Counseling Psychology – Sport Psychology, 2001
  • Ed.M., Boston University, Developmental Studies and Counseling – Sport Psychology, 1997
  • B.S., Trinity College (CT), Psychology, 1996


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’s Get Moving section, and is Counseling Column Editor for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Counseling.

Courses Taught

  • SED PE 375 Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • SED PE 505 Foundations of Sport Science
  • SED CE 721 Clinical Practicum: Sport Psychology
  • SED DS 700 Advanced Topics in Sport Psychology
  • SED RS 600 Perspectives of Inquiry
  • SED CE 620 The Psychology of Performance Excellence

Selected Publications

  • Naylor, A.H. & Yeager, J. (2013). A 21st century framework for character formation in sport. Peabody Journal of Education. 88 (2), 212-224.
  • Massey, W.V., Meyer, B.B., & Naylor, A.H. (2013). Towards a grounded theory of self-regulation in mixed martial arts. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 12-20.
  • Naylor, A.H. & Kingston, E. (2012). On educating: Valuable frameworks for sport psychology practice. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Newsletter, Spring, 12-14.
  • Naylor, A.H. (2009) The role of mental training in injury prevention. Athletic Therapy Today, 14 (2), 27-29.
  • Naylor, A.H. (2007). The coach’s dilemma: Balancing playing to win and player development. Journal of Education, 187 (1), 31-48.
  • Zaichkowsky, L, & Naylor, A.H. (2005). Sport psychology foundations, organizations, and related resources. Journal of Applied School Psychology. 21 (2), 9-24.
  • Zaichkowsky, L.Z. & Naylor, A.H. (2004). Arousal in sport and exercise. In Spielberger, C.D. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. (pp. 155-162). Boston, MA: Elsevier.
  • Naylor, A.H., Gardner, D., & Zaichkowsky, L. (2001). Interscholastic drug use patterns among high school athletes and non-athletes. Adolescence, 36, 627-640.

    Selected Presentations

      • Naylor, A.H. (2012 October). Mindful leaning principles in the practice of sport psychology. Lecture for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology annual conference, Atlanta, GA.
      • Naylor, A.H. & Cuccaro, M. (2012, March). Sport psychology consultant as part of a performance team. Workshop for the Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
      • Naylor, A.H., Cuccaro, M. & Chertok, G. (2011, March). The journey to the big leagues: Three sport-specific reflections from consultants working with minor league athletes. Symposium for the Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology conference, Philadelphia, PA.
      • Naylor, A.H. & Gardner, D. (2009, October ). Limited contact, maximum impact: The art of making brief interventions effective. Workshop for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Salt Lake City, Utah.
      • Naylor, A.H. (2009, March). Multi-sport maximum performance? A community discussion. Workshop for the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA). Bryn Athyn, PA.
      • Naylor, A.H. & Arthur, J. (2003, August). Playing at the next level: Coaching athletes through transitions. Lecture at the USA Tennis Teachers Conference at the United States Open, Flushing Meadows, NY.
      • Naylor, A.H. (2002, June). Training for professional competition and… cultivating character!: A case study of the integration of elite athlete development and “ideal” personal growth. Workshop at the Counseling Athletes Conference, Springfield, MA, June.

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