Center for Performance Psychology




Keynote Speaker Bios

Dr. Leeja Carter

Dr. Carter believes sport and exercise are not only personally enhancing, but can transform families and communities. A feminist sport psychology practitioner and women's health advocate, her work addresses historical and contemporary representations of Black women's 'strength,' culturally sensitive health, sport psychology approaches for people of color, and gendered racism in sport.

Dr. Carter received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Post-Master's Certification in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in the Psychology of Human Movement from Temple University. In 2015, Dr. Carter created the PEAK Program at Long Island University - Brooklyn (LIU): an all-in-one program that combines research, applied sport psychology practice, and student training for the LIU and Brooklyn communities. In 2018 she was awarded the Fulbright Specialist Scholar award to serve as a Visiting Scholar at London South Bank University (LSBU) in their Sport and Exercise Science Research Center (SESRC) on the project titled, "Interdisciplinary Methods to Addressing Health Behaviors Among Women and Girls in London." Recently she produced an online video series titled: "Beyond Me Too - Sport (BMTSport)" which shares stories of resistance, strategies, advice, and hopes for making sports a safe, inclusive, and equitable space for all.

Finally, she is a working group member on the "Pathways of Young Migrants in the Education System of Lower Austria and NYC: Development of New Approaches and Exchange of Practical Pedagogical Models." This international project explores what happens with a young migrant (child, young person) when he/she enters a school environment, a non-formal youth group, and community in Lower Austria, Austria. As a project member, she provides methodological and diversity expertise to best assesses and measure multiple groups’ experiences in Austria. Her goal as a team member is to transfer her experiences within this project to her sport/physical activity for diplomacy work. Dr. Carter has been nationally and internationally recognized for her work. Also, she's received funding for several of her projects, presented talks, keynotes, and research presentations nationally and internationally, as well as written papers and book chapters on topics related to racism in sport, sport feminism, and cultural competence in sport psychology.

Dr. Jamie Shapiro

Dr. Jamie Shapiro is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of the Master's in Sport and Performance Psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She earned a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University (2009), an M.A. in Community Counseling from WVU (2008), and an M.S. in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College (2005). She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Brown University, where she was on the gymnastics team for four years (Go Bruno!). Dr. Shapiro is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), listed on the United States Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology Registry, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She was a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics from 2003-2013.

Dr. Shapiro is a consultant for Sport & Performance Excellence Consultants based in Denver, CO. She has consulted with youth, collegiate, elite, and Paralympic athletes from a variety of sports, including gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, swimming, and track and field. She has also coached gymnastics at the recreational, club, and collegiate (Division III) levels. In addition, Dr. Shapiro has done exercise psychology consulting to help adults with motivation and adherence to exercise programs. Dr. Shapiro’s specific interests include psychology of sport injury, learning life skills through sport, psychological skills training, mental training for athletes who have disabilities, psychology of performing arts, exercise psychology, and ethics and training in sport and performance psychology.

A former competitive gymnast, Dr. Shapiro still likes to do handstands in cool places all over the world. She is originally from NJ, and now that she lives in CO, she is attempting to improve her skiing abilities!


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