Faculty and Staff

The sport and performance psychology (SPP) program shares many courses and faculty members with the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program. Meet the CMHC faculty and staff.

Sarah Castillo, PhD, CMPC

Director, Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Sarah Castillo completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA, her master’s degree in kinesiology at Cal State Long Beach and her PhD in education at the University of Idaho. Her graduate research projects built on one another, with her master’s thesis focusing on the impact of coach and athlete compatibility on levels of…

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Michelle J. Cox, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Michelle J. Cox has a PhD in human development and family sciences, with doctoral minors in counseling and gerontology from Oregon State University. She earned an MA in counseling from George Fox University. Her doctoral research, on the topic of transcendence, focused on leisure, physical health behaviors and volunteer activities as predictors of mental…

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Gily Meir

Assistant Professor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Gily Meir is a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and the research director for the sport psychology department at JFK School of Psychology at National University. Dr. Meir’s research focus on training and supervision of mental performance consultants. In addition, she conducted, presented and published research…

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