Contact Information
Phone:  617-358-1080
E-mail:  baltzell@bu.edu
Publisher’s Website: http://www.fitinfotech.com/livinginthesweetspot.html

Educational History

  • Ed.D., Boston University
  • Ed.M., Boston University
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

Profile

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).

Courses Taught

  • SED CE650 A1  Counseling Skills and Techniques in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • SED CE721 D1 Sport Performance Psychology Practicum
  • SED CE630 Applied Positive Psychology
  • SED ED212 Introduction to Positive Psychology

Selected Publications

  • Baltzell, A. (2011). Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life. FIT Publishers,Morgantown, WV.
  • Baltzell, A. Schinke, Robert J. & Watson, Jack (summer 2010). Who is my Client? Association of Applied Sport Psychology Summer 2010 Newsletter.
  • Baltzell, A. (2011).  Living in the Sweet Spot:  Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life.  FIT Publishers, Morgantown, WV.
  • Baltzell, A. Schinke, Robert J. & Watson, Jack (summer 2010). Who is my Client? Association of Applied Sport Psychology Summer 2010 Newsletter.
  • Baltzell, A. (in press).  Positive Psychology and Motivation on the field and in the classroom. In L. Ciccomascolo & E. Sullivan (Eds). The Dimensions of Physical Education and Health Education: An Introduction to the Discipline (pp. tbd). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Ginsburg, R., Durant, S, & Baltzell, A. , Ginsburg, R., Durant, S, and Baltzell, A.  (2006).  Whose Game is it, Anyway?.  Boston, MA : Houghton Miffflin.
  • Baltzell, A.  (2005).  “How Can I Matter if I Don’t Win: Caoches, Parents and Character Development in Sport” in Character, Volume XIII, No 1, Fall 2005. .
  • Zaichkowsky, L. & Baltzell, A.  (2001).  Arousal and Performance in Sport.  In: Singer, R. ed. The Handbook of Research in Sport Psychology, second edition  Morgantown, WI : John Wiley & Sons Publishers,.
  • Yeager, J, Buxton, J, Baltzell, A. and Bzdell, W.  (2000).  Character & Coaching. : Dude Publishing. Whose Game Is It Anyway

Selected Presentations

Invited Academic Talks

  • Baltzell, A. (2012).  Three-hour invited pre-conference workshop:  Integrating Positive Psychology principles into Sport Psychology Practice: Helping the Athlete Leverage Enjoyment and  Strengthen a Mindful Approach to Training and Performance.  The NASP (Northeast Association of Sport Psychology)Annual Conference.  Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Coaches

  • Baltzell, A. (May, 2012) Preparing Your Team for Game Day. Professional Development Training for Wellesley Coaching Staff (2-hour workshop)

Musicians

  • Baltzell, A. (May, 2012) Preparing Your Team for Game Day. Professional Development Training for Wellesley Coaching Staff (2-hour workshop)

Athletes

  • Baltzell, A. (September, 2011). Thriving in Your First Season. Boston University assembly of all Freshman Varsity Athletes
  • Baltzell, A. (February 22nd, 2012) Strategies for Best Focus: Game Day. Performance Enhancement Educational Session for all Wellesley College Athletes (1.5-hour workshop), Wellesley, MA.

Teachers

  • Baltzell, A. (December, 2011). In-service Professional Development Program:  Chelsea Public School All-Teacher (n=110) three hour training for pre-K and Kindergarten teachers:  Positive Teacher, Thriving Teacher.  Chelsea, MA
  • Baltzell, A. (May, 2011).  Positive Teachers, Positive Results. Professional development training for “BU-Teacher-Consortium”. Part-II (3 hours for 115 teachers)

Media Appearances & Coverage

Selected Conferences/Institutes/Events Organized

  • Baltzell, A. (September, 2012).  The Reflective Coach (1.5 hour workshop with 100 plus coaches) Coach Across America Annual Training (site Boston University in alliance with the Institute of Athletic Coach Education)
  • Baltzell, A. (October, 2010).  The Sweet Spot:  The Role of Positive Emotion in Preparing for Performance.  Association of Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Providence, RI.

Selected Professional Service

  • Member of BU President’s Ice Hockey Task Force. 2012.

Selected Supervisory Activities

  • Provide group and individual supervision to doctoral students who work with athletes in the Sport Psychology Laboratory and Clinic

Advising

  • Provide advising to masters and doctoral students studying Sport Psychology.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.