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Dr. Mark Aoyagi

Elite Performance Psychology

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Dr. Mark Aoyagi is the Director of Sport & Performance Psychology and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver, where he also founded the Center for Performance Excellence. 

His areas of expertise include performance excellence, team effectiveness, and achieving meaning, satisfaction and fulfillment through sport, work, and life. Mark is a recognized sport psychology consultant and has worked with several professional and Olympic teams and athletes as well as NCAA athletic departments and developmental athletes.


He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado, a Certified Consultant, AASP (Association for Applied Sport Psychology) and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry.


Mark is active in several professional organizations including the International Society for Sport Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). He was elected to the Executive Board of AASP as the Research and Practice Division Head (2014-2017), appointed Chair of the Graduate Program Committee (2013-2014), and selected as member of the Distinguished Professional Practice Award Committee (2014), Future of Focus Areas Ad Hoc Committee (2012-2014), Foundation Committee (2012-2014), and Student Development Committee (2007-2010). For APA Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology), Mark was elected as Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee (2011-2013), appointed Chair of the Science Committee (2010-2012), and served as member of the Public Interest Committee (2008-2012) and member of the Practice Committee (2008-2014). ​

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