Dr. Woolsey has a PhD in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis in sport psychology. As a nationally recognized expert in the field of sport and performance psychology he is a certified consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). He is also a certified health education specialist (CHES) and member of APA Division 47-Exercise and Sport Psychology. As the founder of Total Wellness and Elite Performance consulting, Dr. Woolsey has provided wellness and performance enhancement services to college, professional, and Olympic athletes, as well as to business leaders, executives, and university athletic departments.
Dr. Woolsey has received numerous teaching and service honors including the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award from Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) and, in 2012, he received the Distinguished Guest Lecturer award from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida. As a sought after presenter, he has taught several continuing education workshops and given peer-reviewed presentations for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Alliance of Health Education (AAHE), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).Dr. Woolsey’s research in health and sport psychology has been featured by CBS, ABC, CNN Health, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Medical Association, and many others. He has also served on an FDA panel to evaluate the safety of energy drinks. In 2012, he was filmed on the University of Western States campus for the ABC Science Television show called Catalyst to discuss the safety and performance implications of energy drink use.
As an NCAA student-athlete and scholar, Dr. Woolsey was an eight-time NCAA All-American in track and field (4 times in DI and 4 times in DII), Big XII Champion and 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the shot put for the University of Missouri, and NCAA D-II National Champion for NWMSU. As a certified consultant and athlete, Dr. Woolsey still competes in baseball and most recently played in the 2015 Texas Winter League.
1. What made you decide to pursue a career in sport and performance psychology?
I began studying sport psychology in college to maximize my own performance in athletics. While teaching sport psychology and coaching track and field at Lincoln University, I decided to become a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) to help coaches and athletes consistently perform their best when they want to the most. I realized that there was a major need in sport at all levels for more positive leaders and for more coaches to help athletes have a more positive sport experience and more fun.
2. What are you focusing on in your role as curriculum specialist?
My role as curriculum specialist is to evaluate existing programs and to oversee the development of new curriculums and programs in coordination with the provost, deans, and directors. The first new programs I am creating and submitting for regional accreditation are a masters and doctorate degree in sport and performance psychology.
3. What excited you about the opportunity to work at UWS?
What excited me the most is the leadership, team cohesion and effectiveness of our Academic development team here at UWS. I was excited about this administrative position during the recruitment process because I could tell that my work, academic experience and recommendations would be highly valued and implemented quickly. I have been very impressed by how effective and quickly we have been able to accomplish tasks as a team!
4. What are your favorite stress-relieving activities?
Taking batting practice in baseball and hitting golf balls.
5. What are some significant highlights in your career?
Receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award from Northwest Missouri State University.
6. What are your favorite sports?
Baseball, golf, football, track and field and wrestling.