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Country representatives

2021 - 2023

 

The Country Reps Project aims to connect young specialists in sport psychology all over Europe and the World.

~ coordinate European links between young researchers, educators and professional practitioners ~
~ promote and facilitate a cross-national cooperation for research, education and applied work in Sport and Exercise Psychology ~
 

Get in touch with your Country Rep today!

 

Country Rep Coordinator + Belgium Rep

As country representative coordinator Cedric is responsible for recruiting new country representatives as well as coordinating the efforts of our existing reps. He is the direct link between the ENYSSP MC and our members and therefore indispensable for our network.

Cedric works as an applied sport & exercise psychologist in Ghent, Belgium. He combines his private practice with a job as a clinical psychologist. He holds a double degree of the European Master in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Thessaly, Greece, and University of Leipzig Germany. 

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Belgium

Brazil

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Fernanda Serra de Queiroz

Brazil

Fernanda Serra de Queiroz, MSc, Mphil, is currently undertaking her PhD studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  Her research and applied interests are life-skills interventions for youth, mindfulness, and psychoanalysis. Fernanda is a member of the Brazilian Sport and Exercise Psychology Society and a student member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is a registered psychologist in Brazil and Australia, and she has experience working with amateur and professional athletes in a variety of sports. 

Polina Hadjiyankova

Bulgaria

My name is Polina Hadjiyankova and I have been a professional basketball player for 14 years. In 2005 I was awarded with a full athletic scholarship (NCAA Division 1). After I graduated in 2008 from Iona College (New York City) I played in professional clubs in Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and Italy. I have been a member of the Women's Bulgarian National Team. Unfortunately, in 2016 due to a serious injury I had to end my basketball career. 

Since then, I decided to continue my education and work in the area of sports psychology. Currently, I hold a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Iona College and Masters degree in Sports Psychology at the Nation Sports Academy in Sofia. Currently, I am at my last year as a Ph.D. student. I am a member of the Association of Psychologists in Bulgaria. At the moment I have my private practice ( PoliSport ) working with all kind of athletes and coaches. I am also working as consultant for two soccer academies located in Sofia. I am part of the staff of the Bulgarian National Basketball Wheelchair Men’s team.

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Bulgaria

Canada

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Alayne Hing

Canada

Alayne Hing founded Elite Edge in 2006 after graduating with an M.Sc. in Sport/Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Alayne is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and is the Canadian Representative for the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP). Alayne has worked with various teams and individual athletes, and in addition to private clients, she is currently affiliated with the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary. Her clients include individual Olympic & carded athletes, professional athletes, Speed Skating Canada (Long & Short Track), Cross Country Canada, Canadian Youth National Climbing Team, Canada Winter Games, Canada Summer Games, Tennis Canada, PGA, and CIS athletes.
Alayne is dedicated to work with both individual athletes and teams within the provincial, national and international sport systems to help them reach their peak performance with confidence. Her focus is on diversity and inclusion through sport. Topics of specialty include Motivation/Activation, Relaxation/Anxiety Reduction, Imagery/Visualization, Deliberate Practice, Ideal Performance State, and Pre-Performance Routines.

Martin Ptáček

Czech Republic

Hello, my name is Martin, and I am a Master's student of Psychology at Masaryk University in Brno. Before I started my studies, I used to be an ice-hockey goalkeeper playing in Czechia and in Norway. For the past five years, I've been gaining new experiences as a goalkeeper coach and it's been fun so far. 

In the field of sport psychology and for my master's thesis, I'm currently interested in the efficacy of acceptance- and mindfulness-based approaches compared to "classical" psychological skills training. 

Please, feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss any topic.

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Czech Republic

Line Maj Nielsen

Denmark

Line Maj Nielsen is currently working as manager for the Dual Career program at the University of Southern Denmark. She helps elite athletes strengthening their possibilities to initiate and complete a higher education without compromising their professional sporting ambitions. At the same time, she is collaborating with clubs, coaches and municipalities to improve the elite athletes opportunities within the field of Dual Career. Concurrently Line works as a sport psychology consultant helping athletes, staff members and clubs improving their psychological skills. In additional Line is a board member of the danish association for sport psychology (DIFO) and a part of Team Denmarks development network for sport psychology consultants.  

Line holds a MSc. in sports Science with specialty in sports psychology from University of Southern Denmark.  

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Denmark

Estonia

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Laur Nurkse

Estonia

Laur studied mathematics for a year after which he decided to go spend the next year in the Estonian military. Military mentality got him hooked to psychology and moreover to sport and performance psychology. Next up was receiving a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. And now finishing the EMSEP Masters in University of Thessaly and University of Jyväskylä. Sport wise swimming and football have followed him throughout his life - having been a lifeguard in open seas and indoor pools for 4 years in the past. First meeting with football was as a player in the younger ages until reaching the U-17 Estonian national team. Secondly, as a coach for adolescents for 3 years with Estonian Football Association coaching badges and National Olympic Committee certificate. Lastly, now as a sport psychology consultant for various football clubs and the Estonian Football Association. He still holds academic research aims in mind, however when applied work is concerned, then performance psychology of football certainly takes the main stage.

Anu Nässi

Finland

I have a  European Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSEP) from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland).  Since 2014 I have worked as a sport psych consultant with a focus on using the MAC-approach. I am on the board of the Finnish Association of Sport Psychology (SUPY), and I often help organize the association's annual fall seminar. Ota ihmeessä yhteyttä jos haluat lisätietoja tästä loistavasta kansainvälisestä yhteisöstä!

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Finland

Valentin Roux

France

My name is Valentin, I’m currently in my last year as a PhD student at the University of Grenoble Alpes in France. My research focuses on the understanding and the enhancing of the quality of the coach-athlete relationship in order to improve sport performance in high-level context.

In addition to my research and academic activities I have been handball coach since 2013. By this way, I try to connect theory and practice to enhance performance.

I’m also an active member of the French Society of Sport Psychology as students’ representative position. My missions are to connect and develop new networks for students in sport psychology. By joining ENYSSP, I hope to extend this mission and build a better connection between French and European students.

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France

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Germany

Martin-Leo Reinhard

Germany

About: M.Sc. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, German Sport University
Cologne, Cologne
 

Moin, my Name is Martin Leo (oh, feel free to choose one), currently doing my PhD in Tuebingen and working as an applied sport psychologist in various sports (after completing M.Sc. Psychology in Sport and Exercise at the German Sports University in Cologne). Having worked / studied in Manila (Philippines), Istanbul (Turkey) and Cape Town (South Africa) showed me the importance and value of international teams that are passionate about one topic. This is what I also realized at the first ENYYSP conference (2017 in Zagreb): sport (psychology) has the power to change the world (apologies, Nelson Mandela).

Academically, I am interested in the perception of and ethics within sport psychology, the transfer between the applied field and science (bidirectional), players' and coaches' development, discussions about the potential added-value of diagnostics and moral issues in sport (psychology). For any ENYSSP and/or sport psychology related topic, please contact me.

Vaggelis Manolopoulos-Dekaristos

Greece

PhD Candidate, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
About: While studying Psychology at the University of Athens I came across with the field of Sport Psychology. Integrating my passion for sports with my academic expertise seemed to me as the perfect combination for future career. Therefore, I continued my studies by completing the MSc in Sport Psychology, University of Thessaly. At the present time, I am PhD candidate at the University of Athens combining my academic life with applied work.

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Greece

Hungary

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Máté Smohai

Hungary

Lecturer, Károli Gáspár Protestant University, Hungary.

Sport psychology Consultant​

I used to have bad stress-managing experiences on the basketball court although I was a good player and member of the Hungarian national youth basketball squad. Nobody could help me handling my nervousness and anxiety. Not my friends, not my parents, not even my coach. So I decided to be an expert of the mental aspect of sports in order to help other athletes who are in a similarly difficult situation. Who are talented, motivated, but often perform below their capacities due to lack of confidence.

I finished my Master’s degree in psychology at Budapest (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church) in 2010. Then I completed a 2-year postgraduate specialist training in sport psychology (Semmelweis University).​

Since 2013 in my private practice I have been working with different kinds of athletes, mainly basketball and volleyball players.  In 2015 I finished my PhD in psychology (University of ELTE). My main vision and goal is to bridge sport psychology research and practice for supplying athletes with meaningful evidence-based techniques and mental training.

Edoardo Ciofi

Italy

I’m a sport psychologist and a Psychoterapist in formation. My passion for the study of the human mind started the wedding with the sport area in 2013, when I took my Master in Sport Psychology in Italy. After that I started to work as a freelance in Sport Psycholgist with an Italian group of Sport Psychologists: B-Skilled.

I always played sport (football, tennis, skiing) so my passion for my work helps me to be in contact with the athlete’s world. With a preference for the team sports, I actually work in Italian Federation of Football and in Torino FC Spa.

I had experiences in various sport like hockey, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

My favourite areas to work with are coaches training and group and team work.

I love to use, in my job, some technologies like Bio- and Neurofeedback and Virtual Reality.

Italy

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Italy

Francesca Messi

Italy

Hi! My name is Francesca and I’m from Trieste. I am a sport psychologist and a psychotherapist in training. Iam also an alpine skiing instructor, after having practiced it for 12 years at a competitive level; alpine skiinghas been in my life since I was 3 years old, and I couldn't think of a life without it. Sport psychology hasbeen my interest since I was a freshman: I wanted to combine my studies with my passion for sport. Thus,after obtaining my Master Degree in Psychology at the University of Trieste, I attended a post-graduatespecialization course at the Center for Sport Psychology and Human Performance "Umbro Marcaccioli" inTurin. Currently I’m working with athletes and coaches of both individual and team sports. What I loveabout my job is to deal with young athletes and their coaches to build together the best strategies to copewith the stress of competitions and allow them to enjoy sport, practicing it with more serenity.

Frank Muller

Luxembourg

Frank Muller received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Luxembourg and then moved to Berlin to get a Master degree in Sport Psychology. Frank has played basketball on the top elite level in Luxembourg as well as college basketball in the USA. He was a member of the Luxembourgish National Team. Frank has worked with elite (youth) athletes from different sports, such as basketball, handball, cycling, volleyball, swimming, soccer, tennis and table tennis. Furthermore he runs workshops and seminars in various sports psychology-related topics and was a lecturer in sport psychology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Right now he works in Luxembourg as the sports coordinator and sports psychologist of an international youth basketball project, as well as independent sports psychologist. His personal areas of interest include performance enhancement, coping with pressure, mindfulness and the use of sports as a tool for social inclusion.

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Luxembourg

Bernice Sant

Malta

Dr Bernice Sant is a Performance, Sport and Exercise Psychologist and a keen fitness and sport enthusiast who has successfully obtained a Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), an MSc in Sport Psychology also from LJMU, another MSc in Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Bernice Sant is a British Psychological Society Chartered Member as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Health Care and Professional Council registered and awaiting warrant as a Sports and Exercise Psychologist from the Malta Psychology Profession Board. Currently she is a Consultant and Lecturer with Learning Works, practices sport and exercise psychology within MOVE Clinic and as a freelance, and a supervisor at the University of Malta for B.Sc Sport and Physical Activity students and Masters in Teaching and Learning Physical Education students.Throughout the past 8 years, her research was based on the fields of Mindfulness in Sports, Sport Injury Anxiety, Injury Rehabilitation in Sports, Resilience, Performance Anxiety, Self-Reflection, Physical Activity Motivation and Behaviour Change. All of the research areas were chosen purposefully in line with Bernice’s personal life. As part of the applied work, Dr Bernice Sant used to work/still working with various athletes and/or organisations, including, and not limited to, LJMU Scholarship Elite Athletes, Liverpool Football Club, Basketball Scotland, Young Driver Excellence Academy, Maltese National Futsal Team, Professional Thai Fighters, and competitive athletes across a lot of different sports such as CrossFit, Athletics, Football, Futsal, Gymnastics, Basketball, among others.

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Malta

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Netherlands

Age Scheper

Netherlands

MSc Human Movement Sciences

Teacher / Researcher at HAN University of Applied Sciences​

Hi, I’m Age living in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. During my youth I found out that I’m not a great football player. However, when I gave a lot of effort and intensity my performance came close to the somewhat better players in my team. This is where my interest in sport psychology sparked. I am a sport psychologist in formation at the VSPN (Dutch association for sport psychologists) and currently working for the School of Sport and Exercise at HAN University of Applied Sciences. Where I teach future sport professionals and PE teachers in research and the field of sport and exercise psychology. I strongly believe in educating future sport professionals in how to apply sport psychological skills and tools in practice.

For more information about ENYSSP and/or sport psychology in the Netherlands, please contact me or my associate Lars van der Heijden

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Lars van der Heijden

Netherlands

Hello, My name is Lars and sport is my passion. From my childhood I am an active Waterpolo player on a recreational level. As a child I was “talented” but I never made it to the top. That is where my passion for performance and psychology started. I am a sport psychologist in formation at the VSPN (Dutch association for sport psychologists) just like Age. This is where I got to know ENYSSP. I love to share knowledge an ignite each other’s passion for sportpsychologie. I work as a practioner and as a teacher where I try to learn my student the power of sport in a social context. In my opinion sport is more than performing. For more information about ENYSSP and/or sport psychology in the Netherlanfs please contact me or my associate Age Scheper.  

Marcus Manalo

Philippines

Marcus is currently an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Department of Sports Science and the sport psychology consultant for the Philippine Boxing and Bowling Teams and the Lyceum of the Philippines University Basketball Team. He is the former co-chairperson of the Sport and Exercise Psychology – Special Interest Group of the Psychological Association of the Philippines. He has worked with athletes and coaches from various sports and competition levels. He finished his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and postbaccalaureate diploma in Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of the Philippines Diliman and his master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences with concentration in Exercise and Sport Psychology at Texas Tech University. 

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Philippines

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Romania

Elena-Madalina Margarit

Romania

Elena-Madalina Margarit is a BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (Psychology Support) who is currently based in Romania, working with tennis coaches, players and parents across all levels of performance, as well as student-athletes. She has been involved in applied work with track and field athletes, gymnasts, netball, football and lacrosse teams, rowers, badminton and tennis players. Her interests include coach-athlete relationship, reflective practice in sports, cultural sport psychology, family systems therapy, gamification and game-based approaches to practice.

Zuzanna Gazdowska

Poland

Zuzanna Gazdowska obtained her PhD in psychology at SWPS University in Warsaw, she is a sport psychologist, lecturer at SWPS University in Warsaw and owner of Athlete’s Cards/Karty Sportowca brand. She is the member of sport psychology section of Polish Psychological Association. She works within solution-focused brief therapy approach. Her research and applied interest is mental skills training. 

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Poland

Konstantin Bochaver

Russia

Hello! My name is Konstantin “Kostja” Bochaver, I’m a sport psychologist from Moscow, Russia. I learned social psychology in Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, and in 2012 I defended PhD thesis about coping behavior in difficult life-situations of youth. Since 2010 I work at the Department of Psychology in the Moscow Center of Sport Technologies and continue my scientific work in the Research and Practical Center of Sport Medicine and Medical Rehabilitation as a research fellow. I have a regular practice too, because I was invited as a “psy coach” in the Russian National climbing team. Currently the major topic of my scientific and practical interest is coping behavior in sport and an mental toughness. I am really happy to join ENYSSP as a country representative and I hope that there will be strong and positive connection between European and Russian professionals and students.

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Russia

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Saudi Arabia

Mohammad Maldosari

Saudi Arabia

I am Mohammad Aldosari from Saudi Arabia. I obtained my master degree in Physical Education from King Saud University, I am a Ph.D.
Right now I am a PhD candidate at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.  My research interests in the field of psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity.and I have lectured in the College of Sport Sciences and Physical Activity at the University of King Saud since 2004. I hope to bridge the gap in the Arab world between science and sport and meet the challenges in the field of sports psychology.

Milan Dumic

Serbia

Hello there, my name is Milan. I come from a city called Belgrade, the city of good vibes and fantastic energy.  I grew up playing any sport that I could get my hands on - football, swimming, volleyball, dancing, but my primary sport was basketball, which is also my favourite sport to watch. In addition to that, I am a lifelong video gamer that enjoys playing video games and stays connected with the current trends in the gaming and esports industry. 

As for my education, I’ve completed my bachelor's degree in sports science in Serbia and later moved to Finland and Germany where I obtained a double master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology.  In addition to that, I have around 10 years of experience working with professional athletes, gamers, sports clubs, and organizations. 

Currently, I am part of the Red Star Esports organization as their performance coach for the League of Legends and Pro Evolution teams and I am also a psychotherapist in training focusing on Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT). 

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Serbia

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Singapore

Jeevi Pillai

Singapore

Jeevi received her Bachelor of Psychology degree at James Cook University (Australia) and completed her Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Bangor University (UK). She has been in the Sport Psychology field for about 5 years and is currently a Sport and Exercise Psychologist in Training (SEPiT; SEPAR) under BASES. Jeevi works with the National youth athletes of Singapore from various sports including Netball, Kayak, Gymnastics, Sailing and Fencing, focusing on performance, well-being and long-term development. Some of her key interests include Transition, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Team Sports.  

Jeevi has been involved in the dance fitness world for 8 years as an instructor, programming director and a performer. She recently decided to dive deeper into African Dance Revolution (ADR) with “Afrowithjeevi” and bring a different kind of flavour to the dance fitness world in Singapore with the tagline “Dance. Connect. Push Boundaries.” 

Apart from Sport Psychology and African dance, Jeevi makes sure to allocate time for her solo travels and is always looking forward to the next adventure to explore the globe. Jeevi strives to have psychology, dance fitness and traveling continue to interact and play prominent roles in her life. 

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Sloavakia

Andrea Poláčková

Slovakia

I completed Master’s degrees in Psychology in Slovakia and Sport and Exercise Psychology in Finland. My main research focus has been on equestrian sport in which I am still active. To work on my professional and personal growth, I regularly participate in different conferences and workshops. I have an integrative coaching training (INTECO) completed in the Czech Republic. In my applied practice, I work mostly with people from the sport environment. I also have experience working with children on autistic spectrum disorder. Currently, I am based in the UK and partially in Slovakia. Except for ENYSSP, I am also a member of the Slovak association of sport psychology.

Brent Chad Levenson

South Africa

Brent is ENYSSP’s signalling beacon at the southern tip of Africa. He was fortunate enough to achieve a double European Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSEP) from Lund University (Sweden) and Leipzig University (Germany) in 2015. His qualitative MSc Dissertation explored a football coaching perspective of imagery.

He’s currently based in his hometown of Cape Town, not far from Stellenbosch University, where he completed his undergraduate studies in Sport Science and Psychology in 2011. He has been the SA country rep since 2014, the same year in which he gained invaluable sport psychology knowledge and experience with elite athletes through Staffordshire University (UK).

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South Africa

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Anna Jordana

Spain

My name is Anna, and I am from Catalonia. I am graduated in Psychology and I took a master’s degree in Neuroscience. I have always been involved in sport and performance activities such as football, human towers and music.

I am currently developing my PhD in sport psychology as a member of the research group Grup d’Estudis de Psicologia de l’Esport (GEPE) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where I also teach in the subject of sport psychology. My research topic is the role of functional and dysfunctional beliefs of elite athletes throughout their sports career, although my areas of interest are more extensive (e.g., women's sport, performance activities, dual career).

Before my full-time PhD dedication, I was working in the Athlete Support Service at the High Performance Centre in Sant Cugat del Vallès. In 2017 I did the European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology in Trikala (Greece), and as part of my International PhD, I did a research stay in the group Sport Psychology and Mental Support at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).

Marta Borrueco Carmona

Spain

Hello! My name is Marta and I am from the Balearic Islands. I have been living in Barcelona for 10 years since I moved there to study my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona. Once I finished my degree, I did two master’s degrees, one in Sport and Exercise Psychology and one in Research in Health Psychology, both at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

I am a member of the research group Grup d’Estudis en Psicologia de l’Esport (GEPE) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where I am currently undertaking a PhD in sport psychology and teaching in the fields of psycholinguistics and sport psychology. Although my PhD is focused on the role of the coach and its influence in athletes’ development throughout their athletic career, my research interests also include the role of the parents in youth sport and the peculiarities of women’s sport, especially in football (or soccer, whatever you prefer), since I have been coaching young girls teams for the past few years, besides being a player for more than 15 years.

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Spain

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Sweden

Emma Nilsson

Sweden

Emma Nilsson received a B.Sc in Psychology from Lund University. She was at the time a soccer coach and was struggling to help her players mentally and chose to continue with a Master's degree. She moved to Oxford, OH, to study sport psychology and leadership at Miami University. After graduation she got a summer internship position at IMG academy where she spent the summer teaching youth athletes about leadership and got to practice her presentation skills. She is currently running her own private practice in Sweden where she consults with individual athletes, coaches and teams. She is also a performance coach at UPotential where she is presenting online. Her areas of interests are mainly leadership, performance enhancement, and cohesion.   

Stephanie Müller

Switzerland

I am an applied psychologist, coaching both individual athletes and teams from different sports such as hockey, tennis, and shooting, especially in youth elite sports. I also work in business and life settings, helping people to develop their inner strength and achieve their goals. 

I have a Master’s Degree in Sport Sciences in Sport and Exercises from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Psychology from the University of Bern, Switzerland. I am member of the SASP and FSP. 

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Switzerland

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Turkey

Ezgi Aypar

Turkey

I did my bachelor in psychology and later studied sport and exercise psychology at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. I played basketball and now I combined my two enthusiasms sport and psychology. Currently, I am living in Ankara/Turkey and working at Olympic Training Center

Tulio Barbosa

United Kingdom

Tulio obtained his Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and his Bachelor’s degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences from Brunel University London. He has since worked as a Sport Psychology Consultant with athletes from a range of sports, including football, athletics and fencing. Most recently, he has been supporting UCL’s Elite Athlete Programme, which is designed to assist a select number of gifted and talented athletes who continue to compete at the highest level while studying at University. Since attending the last two editions of the conference, Tulio feels passionate about growing ENYSSP’s profile amongst the sport psychology community in the UK. In his spare time Tulio enjoys playing football, and exploring new places and cuisine. 

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United Kingdom