Vincent A. Lodato, LCSW, CC-AASP, serves as the executive director for the National Sports Performance Institute (NSPI). He is a licensed clinician and therapist who holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from Florida State University and a certificate in sport and fitness psychology from California State University-Dominguez Hills. He is a certified consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is involved with their youth sports special interest group.
He has worked as a consultant to three Major League Baseball organizations providing services at both the major and minor league levels for more than 16 years. He has designed and implemented a developmental model of education, support and intervention for minor league baseball players as part of an overall player development system. He has worked with athletic trainers to develop rehabilitation protocols and counseling for injury recovery.
At NSPI he has mentored sport psychology interns and other sport psychology professionals seeking supervision for their certification through the AASP. He also works with NHL, NFL, college, high school, elite club teams and individual athletes from a variety of sports through NSPI.
He is certified in the 16PF personality assessment and provides evaluations for the Tampa Bay Rays scouting and player development departments for the amateur draft.
He is certified in hypnosis, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing performance enhancement protocols and procedures. He has trained coaches on positive coaching techniques and team cohesion.
As the consultant for CogniSens NeuroTracker technology for the Tampa Bay area, he uses the most up-to-date neuroscience while doing cognitive training for athletes to enhance attention, focus, decision-making, emotional management and mental acuity in sport.
He has been in private clinical and sport practice for more than 26 years, working with youth athletes, coaches and parents to enhance both their performance and enjoyment of sport.