Walter McCutcheon

Adjunct Professor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Walter McCutcheon is a proud Canadian who says “eh” once in a while, loves hockey and curling. For more than 25 years, Dr. McCutcheon has been helping individuals reach their potential in the field of performance improvement. He has guided performers from a variety of sports and performance arenas, educating and mentoring them in mental skills training (MST) toward focused performance improvement.

As a mental performance specialist, Dr. McCutcheon works with professional, university and high school athletes. Coaches, teams and individuals he has worked with have successfully competed in state, national and international competitions. He also works with those who compete in the world of esports such as the games League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League. Dr. McCutcheon is currently leading a research team in conjunction with UWS focused on two populations: esport athletes and performing artists.

On a personal note, Dr. McCutcheon is an individual who lives with disabilities. He prefers this statement over the concept of being “handicapped.” His struggles give him a unique perspective on human stress, pressure and how setbacks affect performers. Of his many interests, Dr. McCutcheon is also a motivational speaker and accomplished vocalist, musician, writer and actor. He enjoys his time working with performing artists and provides workshops for the performance population. As a principal research investigator and mental performance specialist, Dr. McCutcheon is specifically interested in and concerned with the health and welfare of performing artists.

Research Interests 

  • Performing artists MST integration and mental health support.
  • Esports MST creation, implementation and player development.
  • Gender self-identity development as it relates to sport.
  • Diversity and gender experience in sport.
  • Indigenous Athlete MST program development.
  • Use of mental skill interventions in the acquisition of sport motor skills.
  • Use of imagery in the acquisition of emotional memory recall.