Summer Internship/Visiting Fellowships

The American Board of Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of TUITION-BASED positions in its 16th ANNUAL (2021) SPRING/SUMMER (Scroll Down after Reading COVID UPDATE)

                           COVID-19 UPDATE-CONSIDERATIONS-OPTIONS
American Board of Sport Psychology 2021,15th/16th Annual Internship/Program in Applied Sport Psychology
RE: REMOTE WINTER, SPRING & SUMMER Internships/Visiting Fellowships & Summer Program OPTIONS:
It has come to our attention that Internships and Visiting Fellowships in a number of fields including sport psychology have been cancelled. If you have been impacted by travel and other restrictions associated with the Corona Virus crisis and still would like to participate in an Internship/Visiting Fellowship please consider our REMOTE-Distance-Based program now in its 5th/6th year as part of our program options (16th year). Please read the following for basic information on this program that can be participated in where you live/reside or will be this Winter, Spring and/or Summer (and even year around for graduate and/or gap year students, professionals and clinicians/sport psychology consultants).
  1. Participate from where you will be/reside this Spring/Summer/Fall (SUMMER RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DECISION PENDING COVID STATUS)
  2. Supervision online/telephone as needed
  3. Online training in technology/biomarker acquired data acquisition
  4. Online training in applied evidence-based applied sport psychology/ABSP Athlete Assessment, Mental Training and Analytics Protocol
  5. Online Daily Lecture
  6. Can be done with one or more athletes and all sports (Self-Study as an athlete can also be structured: apply procedures/learn/train yourself using Protocols
  7. No travel beyond your selected venue
  8. No exposure to large crowds
  9. More Economical
  10. Counts toward ABSP Board Certification if or when eligible
  11. One week up to 6 month programs (Ideal length: 1 to 2 months)
  12. Customized programs can be arranged
Thank you,
Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt
ABSP Chief Sport Psychologist and Program Director/Mentor
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Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology…in New York City* commencing May, 2021 (customized & distance-based time frames can also be arranged). see YOU-TUBE: ABSP SUMMER INTERN-FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS and the ABSP & Dr. Carlstedt FACEBOOK & TWITTER pages.

Our Summer Intern/Visiting Fellowship programs have been very successful with participants being involved in groundbreaking research and applications with baseball and tennis players. Participants have been included as contributors in academic papers and presentation including a 5 year study of “mental toughness” in MLB players. Interns and Fellows have come from as far as India, New Zealand and Sweden to learn first hand about cutting-edge EVIDENCE-BASED athlete assessment and intervention procedures. Fellows and Interns came from the following institutions and organizations (scroll down; over 140 participants from more than 77 colleges/universities and organizations including, Fellows, Interns, Research Assistants, Psychologists, Reseachers, Faculty, Coaches and athletes) have been trained/mentored by Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt (ABSP Chief Sport Psychologist) in Applied Sport Psychology: Evidence Based Athlete Assessment and Intervention in New York City:


2020 Special 2020 Summer, Fall and Winter COVID-19 REMOTE/DISTANCE-BASED

Northern Michigan University (Intern, Gap Year Visiting Fellow; B.A, Psychology, Varsity Weight Lifter), Halle Universitaet, Germany & Mercyhurst College (Visiting Fellow/Board Certification Candidate, B.A. Psychology, Varsity Crew), Drury University (Intern, Psychology Major, Varsity Baseball Player), Baylor University (Intern, Psychology Major, Acro-Tumbling), Baylor University (Intern, Psychology Major, Acro-Tumbling), ABSP Board Certification Candidate (India), ABSP Board Certification Candidate (India)


Pennsylvania State University (Intern/Research Assistant); Aquinas College/Florida State University (Intern/Research Assistant-Entering FSU Sport Psychology Graduate Student); Marist College (Intern/Research Assistant); Skidmore College (Intern/Research Assistant, NCAA D3 Volleyball player); Manhattan Marymount College (Visiting Fellow); ABSP Board Certification Candidate (Visiting Fellow); Augsburg College (Intern/Research Assistant, NCAA D3 Soccer player); Western Kentucky University (Visiting Fellow, Graduate Student, NCAA D1 Soccer player); Hamline University (Intern/Research Assistant, NCAA D3 Soccer player); Central Michigan University (Intern/Research Assistant, NCAA D2 Soccer player)


University of Miami; Harvard University School of Education (Visiting Fellow/Research Assistant); University of Central Florida (Visiting Fellow); ICU Nurse, ABSP Certification Candidate (Visiting Fellow); Licensed Psychologist, ABSP Certification Candidate, University of Virgin Islands (Visiting Fellow); Castleton University, Undergraduate, NCAA All American Alpine Ski Racer(Intern/Research Assistant); University of Wisconsin-White Water, Psychology/Neuroscience major, Soccer team (Intern/Research Assistant); Augsburg College (Distance-Based Intern/Research Assistant); University of California-Davis, Undergraduate Psychology major (Intern/Research Assistant); World top-3 ranked Women’s Pool player (India; Intern/Research Assistant & participating athlete); Former ATP/ITF professional tennis player & presently Tennis Coach (Visiting Fellow)


University of Delaware: Graduate in Psychology (Student-Athlete: Soccer Player); University of the Rockies: Sport Psychology Graduate Student; Argosy University: Sport Psychology Graduate student and world ranked top 10 body board surfer pro (Visiting Fellow); Morehouse College: Graduate, Tournament Tennis Player; Private Practice: Coach, Goa India


Psychology Student (Turkey), Middle Eastern University, Cyprus Campus, Intern/Research Assistantship; Psychology Student & World-Ranked Body-Board Professional (Surfing); Argosy University, Intern/Research Asst.; Attorney & World & National Ranked Clay-Sport MarksmanVisiting Athlete Teacher/Educator & Competitive Tennis Player (Morehouse College graduate) New York City High School Teacher, Visiting Fellow


Tufts University (Student-Athlete [Equestrian] Internship/Research Assistantship)
Licensed Counselor (Visiting Fellow)
Licensed Counselor (Visiting Fellow, ABSP Board Certification Candidate)
Academic-Research Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, ABSP Board Certification Candidate) Diplom Psychologe-Sportpsychologe (Visiting Fellow, Vienna Austria/Universitaet Wien)
Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, ABSP Board Certified Sport Psychologist Candidate).
Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow)
Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, ABSP Board Certified Sport Psychologist Candidate; Bangalore, India)


Purdue University (Student-Athlete, Golfer)
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Harvard Medical School Affiliate: Visiting Fellow; Certified Recreation Therapist)Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow; ABSP Board Certification Candidate)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Visiting Fellow; ABSP Board Certification Candidate)
Morehouse College (Student-Athlete/Varsity Tennis Player)
Tennis Professional (Germany & USA)

Special 2014 research project: validation of the ABSP “mental toughness” assessment paradigm during official baseball games using continuous heart rate variability monitoring assessments with HRV-based mental training on-the-bench: Sites: Louisiana, Michigan & New Hampshire: 4 additional summer program analysts who were trained in the NYC summer program prior to the start of this project


Georgetown University (Psychology student and varsity soccer player)
Hamline University (Psychology student and varsity baseball player)
Technische Universitaet Berlin (Licensed Psychologist and Lecturer)
New York University (Entering graduate student-University of Denver)
Pennsylvania State University (Psychology student and competitive gymnast/cheerleader)
University of Washington (Psychology student, former high school golf team)
Washington College (Entering graduate student-Springfield College)
Morehouse College (Computer science student and varsity tennis player)
Licensed Social Worker-Private Practice (Cross-fit coach)


  • Pennsylvania State University (Student-Athlete Gymnast, Competitive Cheerleader)
  • Undergraduate (New York University)
  • CUNY-City College (Student-Athlete-Tennis Player)
  • Birmingham University, England/Cyprus (Student-Athlete, U.K. Div. 1. Basketball Player/Cypus Junior National Basketball Champion)
  • Bellevue College/University of Washington, WA (Student-Athlete, Golfer)
  • North Carolina State University (Student-Athlete, Competitive Weight Lifter)
  • Washington College, MD (Student-Athlete, Baseball Player)
  • Morehouse State University (Student-Athlete-Tennis Player)
  • Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow; Vice-President Mental Healthcare Organization; Tournament Bowler)
  • Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Organization; Ultra-Marathoner-Senior World Ranked Distance-Runner)
  • Licensed Psychologist (Visiting Fellow, Private Practice)
  • PGA Professional Golfer (Athlete-Client; ABSP Certification Program Student)
  • ABSP Grand Prix Tennis Competition with In Vivo Athlete Assessment and Intervention Paradigm
  • 11 participating competitive tennis players (all underwent extensive real-time/match competition in vivo HRV-HRD analyses in pre-intervention and interventions phases and HRD performance experiments): USTR 4.5 – 5.5 level (and NCAA Div. II Players)


  • Harvard Medical School: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/Clinical Researcher (Visiting Fellow; USTA Tennis League Player)
  • UCLA (Athlete, Volleyball Player)
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dayton/University of the Rockies (Athlete; Graduate Fellow; Softball Coach)
  • Psychologist Private Practice-Spain (Graduate Fellow)
  • Eastern Kentucky State University (Athlete, Tennis Player)
  • PGA Golf Pro (Athlete)
  • Licensed Psychologist Private Practice-Georgia (Visiting Fellow)
  • Beacon High School-New York City: Tennis Coach of the Year (Participating Athlete)
  • University of Phoenix (Visiting Fellow)
  • Empire State College (Visiting Fellow)
  • Dickerson College/LaSalle University (ABSP Research Fellow [annual position] PsyD. student)


  • Virginia Polytechnical University
  • Pennsylvania State University (Graduate-Fellow)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California (Graduate Fellow)
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Graduate-Fellow, Athete, All-American Tennis Player)
  • Butler University
  • Williams College (Athlete, Soccer Player)
  • Amherst College (Athlete, Baseball Player)
  • Wellesley College (Athlete, Soccer Player)
  • Yeshiva University-Ferkauf School of Psychology 2 (Psychologist, Psychologist)
  • Dominican University (Graduate-Fellow)
  • Dickerson College (All American Athlete, LaCrosse Player; Graduate Fellow)
  • Duke University
  • Fordham University (Graduate-Fellow)
  • Temple University
  • Queens University (N.C.; Athlete, Soccer Player; Graduate Fellow)
  • University of Delaware
  • City University of New York (City College; Athlete, Tennis Player)
  • State University of New York (New Pflatz)
  • State University of New York (Stoneybrook)
  • State University of New York (Binghamton)
  • Queens College (NY; Athlete, Tennis Player)
  • Morehouse State University
  • Boston College (All American Athlete, Fencer)
  • Davidson College
  • Allegheny College (Athlete, Tennis Player)
  • Capella University (Graduate Student-Fellow)
  • Massey University (N.Z.Post-Graduate Fellow)
  • Karlstad University (SWE Post-Graduate Fellow)
  • Bournemouth University 2 (U.K., Athlete, Soccer Player; Athlete, Hammer Thrower)
  • Beacon High School-New York City: Tennis Coach of the Year
  • Warsaw Medical University (POL; Psychiatrist/Psychologist)
  • Polish Tennis Federation (POL; Sport Psychologist)
  • Harlequins Professional Rugby Union Team (U.K., Sport Psychologist)
  • MŠK Žilina Professional Soccer Team (Slovakia, Sport Psychologist)
  • ITF/ATP Tour Professional (Tennis Professional)

SPECIAL 2010 MLB-RESEARCH PROJECT-Summer Fellowship/Research Assistantships

  • Washington and Lee University 10
  • University of West Florida
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • San Jose State University 2
  • Indiana University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • State University of New York (Purchase)

Selected individuals will be exposed to cutting-edge research and evidence-based approaches to athlete assessment and intervention and the opportunity to work (under supervision of Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt) with athletes from various sports and organizations that we provide consulting services to. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on assessment, intervention and research experience in settings that have a high degree of ecological validity. Hours can be accrued toward clinical supervision, applied or used for college credit and will count toward ABSP certification.


“I had always been interested in the field of sport psychology and when I noticed an email detailing a summer internship opportunity with the American Board of Sport Psychology, I was very excited. Although I did not know much about the field, working with Dr. Carlstedt, an experienced and respected sport psychologist, during the summer of 2008 taught me a lot about the area and made me even more excited about the field. Throughout my one month internship, I learned a variety of techniques in evidence-based sport psychology including working with heart rate variability monitoring and EEG equipment and learning how to interpret results. I also learned how to keep psychological statistics including error rates and criticality measures. The internship included lectures on sport psychology principles such as the transient hypofrontality hypothesis and the Primary Higher Order factors of the Carlstedt Protocol which include hypnotic susceptibility, neuroticism, and repressive coping. Although the internship included a variety of lectures, I most enjoyed working in the field with athletes. This afforded us an opportunity that very few undergraduate psychological internships offer. Being able to work side by side with three tennis players and seeing them improve, in part, as a result of interventions we administered illuminated how evidence-based applied sport psychology can make an impact. While working with these athletes, we conducted various experiments including EEG studies and longitudinal heart rate variability studies. We entered this data into statistical programs and became familiar with the research process. I was even able to create templates for data and help a little in the analysis process. The great part about this internship is that Dr. Carlstedt really respects your ideas and input and will allow you to take the reins in his projects. The interns even have an opportunity to be co-authors on papers published in peer-reviewed psychological journals. Overall, I believe that I have learned a great deal in a very short time working with Dr. Carlstedt. I learned a lot about the instrumentation and techniques for carrying out evidence-based analyses while gaining experience in both applied and research areas. Also, very importantly, I felt like I made very good friendships with my fellow interns which made my departure after a month bittersweet. I had a great time working in the American Board of Sport Psychology summer program and I hope to come back one day and become fully certified through the program. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone, especially if they are interested in a career of sport psychology!” KRISTIN SZUHANY, UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA, Psychology Major, former Softball Player
“During my five week internship experience with Dr. Carlstedt and ABSP this summer I received hands on experience in the field of evidence-based sport psychology. We worked within a range of sports, including tennis, baseball, golf, basketball, and soccer. We studied each individual athlete’s profile, took heart rate variability measures, and assessed performance during different levels of criticality during actual match play. These steps were taken to see how an athlete was responding to different levels of stress in relationship to his/her individual profile. In applying the ABSP evidence-based athlete assessment and intervention protocol, we learned that each athlete is unique and should be approached from that perspective. Rather than attempt to give an athlete an instant “cure” as many practitioners claim that they will provide, we taught mental training interventions that were data driven and meticulously controlled for efficacy an approach that is vital to credible practice. Overall, I had a lot of fun working with Dr. Carlstedt and the rest of the interns over my five weeks, and the hands on experience as an undergrad was invaluable.”  WILLIAM (Will) LAWTON, AMEHERST COLLEGE, Psychology Major and Varsity Baseball Player
“I went into the American Board of Sport Psychology’s program with one view of what sport psychology was about and came out convinced that Dr. Carlstedt’s unique evidence-based approach is the most advanced approach to athlete assessment and intervention. In a field that is still developing and full of practitioners who each have a different ideas and methods I find that ABSP and Dr. Carlstedt’s effort to to create a standardized training program and practice protocol is critical for the advancement of the field. The ABSP protocol brings objectivety and evidence-based methods to the forefront and includes experimentation and data collection, procedures that are contributing to the advancement of sport psychology as a science. During my experience I enjoyed the personal interaction we had with the clients we were working with. Under Dr. Carlstedt’s supervision we engaged in heart rate variability experiments, assessment and mental training with athlete clients and among our intern-fellow group, which was a great way to learn how to use the equipment, methods and procedures. Also, I gained some experience in using SPSS for data analysis, of which I previously had none. I feel like I learned a lot by just doing, which was my objective in participating in this internship. Overall, I had a great experience and definitely got a taste of what to look forward to in the future if I choose to pursue sports psychology as a career.”   KATHLEEN KEATING, WELLESLEY COLLEGE, Psychology Major, Varsity Soccer Player
“I participated in the ABSP Summer Programme in July 2008. Prior to the programme, I was tested to establish my Athlete’s Profile, Critical Moment tendencies and performance relevant neurocognitive and psychophysiological responding. This beneficial process introduced me to the ABSP evidence-based approach toward performance enhancement. During the program, I had the opportunity to work with a number of athletes, applying interventions in attempt to optimize performance. This was a rewarding experience, especially when athletes improved as a result of an intervention that I helped administer. We learned to keep psychological performance statistics and do critical moment analyses, a validated system for objectively quantifying the mental game. Learning about data analysis enabled me to analyze the efficacy of interventions and keep track of an athletes performance and progress longitudinally. This was relevant to my degree requires that requires the completion of a research project that involves collecting and interpreting. Working with clients also played a major part in the learning experience. I gained insight into how to approach clients and practice in an ethical and professional manner. The program also enabled me to gain hands on experience working with a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified sport psychologist something that is important to career decisions.”    JILL KENNEDY, BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY (U.K.), Sport Psychology Major and Varsity Soccer Player

Venue: New York City (activities throughout greater New York City area); possible additional venues in 2019: Miami; Vermont and Massachusetts (Belmont/Boston) and DISTANCE-BASED CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM (where you live)

Population: Athletes from various sports and organizations

Dates: Weekly, Bi-Weekly and Monthly/2 & 3 Months starting 1st Monday in June (short and summer long positions are available)

Hours per week- minimum of 20 hours of applied sport psychology activities per week


Activities: Lecture-Based with Demonstrations and Applications with Athletes (may vary in terms of breadth and depth pertaining to below listed specific training/education components)

  1. Athlete Assessment
  2. Assessment of Primary Higher Order Psychological Factors using the Carlstedt Subliminal Attention, Reactivity, Coping Scale-Athletes (CSARCS-A) and related tests to measure an athlete’s level of hypnotic susceptibility, neuroticism and repressive coping.
  3. Neurocognitive Testing using the Brain Resource Internet-based test battery for assessing subliminal brain responses and in vivo psychophysiological stress testing with video stimulus/stress paradigm.
  4. Quantitative EEG (qEEG, brain mapping) using the Brain Resource Paradigm for assessing subliminal brain responding (Lecture and dataset analysis).
  5. On-the-playing field assessment of brain responding using blue-tooth based wireless EEG: measuring actual brain responses in the context of an experimental paradigm.
  6. On-the-playing field assessment of heart rate variability: heart rate variability is a powerful measure of reaction to stress.
  7. Actual competition wireless monitoring of heart activity and post-competition heart rate deceleration analysis.
  8. Critical Moments analysis: an objective method to analyze how an athlete performs during critical moments.
  9. In-the-field Technical and Focus Threshold analysis: used to analyze mind-body-motor control and ability to concentrate during practice and competition.
  10. Mental Training as a function of Athlete’s Profile of Primary Higher Order Factors

III. Mental Training Methods a. Heart Rate Variability and RSA biofeedback: used to regulate intensity and focus.

  1. Neurofeedback using ABSP Frontal Lobe Protocols: a means of directly shaping brain wave activity associated with peak performance components such as attention/focus, motor control and intensity. c. On-the-field Glasses-Laterality manipulation training: teaches an athlete to induce immediate shifts in brain activation that have been found to underlie transition from strategic planning to perceptual pre-action preparation; left to right brain shift facilitation and relative shut-down or idling of the frontal lobes which can interfere with focus; keeping intrusive thoughts at bay.
  2. Active-alert hypnosis: used with athletes who are high in hypnotic susceptibility to intensely focus and prime motor or technical responses while shutting out intrusive thoughts and external stimuli.. e. Mental Imagery-per Carlstedt Protocol: special mental imagery protocols customized to an athlete’s profile and time demands of a sport. f. Tactile Motor and Technical Learning: using motor learning principles to consolidate training and technique into long-term motor memory; used in athlete’s with most negative psychological profile to override mental influences; strength and confidence though dominating physical and technical ability. g. Motor and Technical Control Threshold Training: using psychological learning principles to greatly increase mind-body control
  3. h. On-the-field Focus Threshold Training: same as g. to enhance focusing ability. Efficacy Testing, Psychological Performance Statistics, Database Management, Reports
  4. Outcome or Efficacy Testing: Investigation of Effects of the above Mental Training methods: A critical component of the Carlstedt (Interventions, cont.)

Protocol designed to test whether assessment is accurate and an athlete is benefiting from mental training; it is rarely, if ever used by the vast majority of practitioners; VITAL to the CREDIBLE practice of sport psychology.

  1. Comprehensive Athlete Database creation and management: documenting assessment and training measures over time; databases are used for comparative purposes.
  2. Psychological performance statistics: statistics on the mental game that can be used to document psychological performance in real-time, game to game, like with regular statistics such as batting average.
  3. Comprehensive Report: the culmination of a complete analysis of a player’s mind-body-motor performance.