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Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Boston University

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.


  • –present
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, Boston University


  • 2001 
    Boston University, EdD - Counseling Psychology
  • 1997 
    Boston University, EdM - Counseling
  • 1996 
    Trinity College, BS - Psychology


  • 2015
    Comparing the practices of USA soccer against a global model for integrated development of mass and high performance sport, Managing Leisure
  • 2015
    Self-regulation strategies in mixed martial arts, Journal of Sport Behavior
  • 2014
    Comparing practices of USA tennis against a global model for integrated development of mass participation and high performance sport, Managing Leisure
  • 2013
    A 21st century framework for character formation in sport, Peabody Journal of Educaiton
  • 2013
    Towards a grounded theory of self-regulation in mixed martial arts, Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • 2009
    The role of mental training in injury prevention, Athletic Therapy Today
  • 2007
    The coach’s dilemma: Balancing playing to win and player development, Journal of Education
  • 2007
    EQ versus IQ in the athletic training clinical environment, Athletic Therapy Today
  • 2007
    Harnessing the power of non-verbal communication, Athletic Therapy Today
  • 2007
    The key to committed rehabilitation, Athletic Therapy Today
  • 2006
    Setting the stage for success outside the athletic training room, Athletic Therapy Today
  • 2005
    Sport psychology foundations, organizations, and related resources, Journal of Applied School Psychology
  • 2001
    Interscholastic drug use patterns among high school athletes and non-athletes, Adolescence

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology