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Dr. Matt Mikesell

Matt Mikesell, PhD, CMPC, is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in sport and performance psychology. He works collaboratively with athletes to enhance the psychological skills necessary to thrive within and beyond sport, including confidence, motivation, awareness, and resilience.

Matt Mikesell joins Premier Sport Psychology after a distinguished career as an athlete an academic, endeavors that have taken him across the country and had him working within a variety of performance domains. A two-sport, two-captain athlete in college, Matt graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Coaching. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, where he created intervention plans and treatment programming for athletes with eating disorders, and served as the president of the Center for Performance Excellence. While completing his doctorate in Psychology at the University of North Texas, Matt moonlighted as a sport psychology consultant for the UNT athletic department, and worked as a Doctoral-level counselor at a low-cost community mental health center, assisting clients contending with military trauma, sexual trauma, depressive symptoms, and identity development. Matt believes in understanding the unique story and unique values that each person brings into performance, and strives to help individuals feel they have someone in their corner. Creating a warm, caring, and authentic environment is critical to the work that he does.

A devoted fitness enthusiast, husband, father, and animal advocate, Matt divides his time outside Premier between Crossfit competitions, enjoying time with his family, and fostering stray, displaced, and abused animals—a tradition he and his wife began after volunteering for The Street Dog project in Dallas.