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College of Psychology Students Get Real World Experience at Marlins Park

Associate Professor Robert Seifer, Ph.D., at Marlins Park in Miami with students from his Sports Psychology course.

Associate Professor Robert Seifer, Ph.D., at Marlins Park in Miami with students from his Sports Psychology course.

A recent trip to Marlins Park provided a unique field experience for the six students in the College of Psychology’s elective Sports Psychology course.

The course is taught by Associate Professor Robert Seifer, Ph.D., who also works as the sports psychologist for the Miami Marlins baseball team.

“I don’t think this opportunity is out there for other programs,” said Seifer, of the Department of Clinical and School Psychology. “It’s a great value-added experience for the students.”

Associate Professor Robert Seifer, Ph.D., at Marlins Park in Miami with students from his Sports Psychology course

Associate Professor Robert Seifer, Ph.D., at Marlins Park in Miami with students from his Sports Psychology course

For the May 2018 trip, Seifer and his students met with front office officials, medical staff, and the athletes. Seifer said the trip’s purpose was to see the real world application of the performance enhancement skills discussed in class.

“During this experience, we were able to see how crucial being genuine, communicating well, and the importance of building trust is when working in a multidisciplinary work environment,” said Lindsay Nathan.

To Dan Krizan, the highlight of the trip was meeting with the team’s general manager and assistant general manager and gaining insight into how the field of sports psychology has developed and where it is going.

“Talking with the players and coaches allowed me to gain first hand exposure as to what aspects of sport psychology have influenced them and their careers,” he said. “It was truly exciting to hear their perspectives and their enthusiasm for our field.”

Full story: https://psychology.nova.edu/news-events/2018/sports-psych-marlins.html