Dr. Adam Naylor is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at Boston University’s School of Education, directs Northeastern University's Sports Performance: Mental Game division, leads Telos SPC, and is the Associate Director of Mental Training for the Junior Sports Corporation (Hilton Head, SC). Dr. Naylor has over a decade and a half of applied sport psychology experience (Olympic, professional, collegiate, and elite junior). Of note, his clients include US Open competitors, Stanley Cup champions, Olympic/International medalists, NCAA champions, and UFC martial artists. He is also currently the mental game coach for the Bay Club (MA), consulting mental game for the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy, coach educator for USA Hockey, and part of the leadership of the Institute for Rowing Leadership.
Beyond serving as an educational resource for athletes, coaches and organizations, Dr. Naylor has published in both academic and popular journals. His scholarly interests lie in understanding best practices for player development and how coaches, parents, and organizations create optimal growth environments for athletes. Scholarly publications of note are "The Coach’s Dilemma: Balancing Playing to Win and Player Development" in the Journal of Education (2006) and "Toward a Grounded Theory of Self-Regulation in Mixed Martial Arts" in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise journal (2013 with Massey and Meyer). He has developed books and workbooks for striving athletes, with the most recent being A Quick 9 for the Mind: Reflections from Public Links to the US Open. He is currently the Column Editor on Sport Psychology and Counseling for The International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training, a regular contributor to the Boston Globe’s Get Moving blog, and a contributor to the Titlest Performance Institute.
Dr. Naylor obtained his doctoral and master's degrees in counseling psychology and developmental studies (specializing in sport psychology) at Boston University. He earned his bachelors degree in psychology, minoring in human movement studies from Trinity College (CT). He is an Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certified Consultant.