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Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt (RCarlstedt@americanboardofsportpsychology.org) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Sport Psychologist-Diplomate. He is also a holder of an Applied Psychologist’s license and is board certified in biofeedback (BCIA). Roland earned his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Psychology with Honors from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center (with emphases in health and sport psychology and psychophysiology) in San Francisco under the renowned Personality Psychologist and Behavioral Geneticist Dr. Auke Tellegen of the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Carlstedt has completed post-doctoral continuing education in Psychiatric Neuroscience through Harvard Medical School and received training in the joint Massachusetts General Hospital-Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Harvard Medical School Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Visiting Fellowship program. In 2008 he was selected to participate in a NIH funded training program in Multi-modal brain imaging at the Mass General-MIT-Harvard Medical School Martinos Center where he also presented on Telemetry EEG and a week long research experiment that tested the Transient Hypofrontality Hypothesis using this advanced wireless brain monitoring technology.

Dr. Carlstedt holds appointments with Harvard Medical School (Research Associate in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry) and McLean Hospital (Research Associate in the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program). Roland is also a Research Fellow in Applied Neuroscience with the Brain Resource Company.

Roland’s dissertation on neuropsychological, personality and performance processes in highly skilled athletes (700) from 7 sports (tennis, baseball, softball, basketball, golf, volleyball, and track and field) was honored with the seal of distinction. It was also the recipient of the HisAmerican Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) 2001 Award for Best Dissertation in Sport Psychology Dissertation Abstract. dissertation was also nominated for the Society of Neuroscience’s Annual 2002 Lindsley Award for Best Dissertation in Behavioral Neuroscience and the the University of Louisville’s 2003 Grawemeyer Award for Best New Ideas in Psychology. His Master’s thesis was on psychologically mediated heart rate variability during tournament tennis (Biofeedback Winter 2001 Issue).

Dr. Carlstedt is well known in Europe where he lived most of his adult life. While based in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Roland worked on the professional tennis tours as a coach, sport psychologist and analyst for the media from 1985-1997. He has provided psychological analyses and features for television at all Grand Slam events, including EuroSport, ARD Germany, RTL, Germany, ZDF, Germany, and RTL, Holland.

Roland is a published author and columnist in more than 40 countries. His instructional series on tennis and tennis psychology have appeared in major tennis publications worldwide. His book “Mentales Tennis” (SportInform Verlag, 1995) and Video “PsychoTennis” are available in Europe.

He is also the creator of the Psychological World Rankings for Tennis, an annual ranking of the psychological performance of professional tennis players. They have appeared worldwide in major publications including Bild Zeitung Germany, Inside Tennis USA, Tennis Magazin Germany, Happy Tennis Austria, etc.

Dr. Carlstedt has coached and advised numerous top professional athletes and coaches, most recently Ronald Agenor (former world ranked 22) at the start of his comeback, Niki Pilic 3 time Davis Cup Champion Germany’s Captain, Rohan Goetzke, coach of Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, Eric Jelen, and Patrick Kuehen to name a few.

Roland has also trained and consulted with hundreds of athletes and coaches in Sport Psychology seminars and presentations worldwide, including Spanish, German, and Austrian Tennis Federation annual tennis coaches symposia. He has also advised over 50 coaches of NCAA college level I, II, and III teams.

He played professional team tennis in Austria and Germany and was certified by the USPTR in 1976 and inducted into the ATP coaches division in 1986.

Roland is also Senior-Faculty and Head Mentor in the American Board of Sport Psychology CE and certification programs. He is the Chairman and Executive Director of the American Board of Sport Psychology.

Dr. Carlstedt is a reviewer with Medical Science Monitor, Journal of Personality Research and Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports and sat on APA Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) Science Committee. He is also Editor of the Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology