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Meet Our Advisors

Our Board of North American Advisors are world class experts experts in the area of sports psychology. They volunteer their time to offer expert advice, guidance and access to some of the best information available to provide support for athletes in the area of mental health. All our our site content is reviewed and approved by our seasoned advisors. Find out more about our North American Advisory Board below.

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush, PhD.

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush works as a sport psychology professor, researcher, and practitioner in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. She is also an adjunct professor in the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway. Her areas of interest and expertise include psychological skills training, coaching, and mental health and well-being. Through her research and practice, she aims to understand self-regulation competencies underlying the development of optimal performance and well-being in different contexts including sport, medicine, the performing arts, and academia. Professor Durand-Bush also develops interventions and programs designed to help individuals and teams achieve performance excellence, and sustain self-care and mental health in this process. Her work as a Mental Performance Consultant with high performance and developmental level athletes and coaches over the past 22 years is intricately linked to her research and teaching. Dr. Durand-Bush is the co-author of the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT-3*©), an instrument developed to evaluate multiple mental skills necessary for consistent high quality performance. She co-founded and chaired the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and has served as the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology. She is currently an Executive Board member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in the U.S.

Dr. Tanya Forneris, PhD.

Tanya Forneris is the Associate Director of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She obtained her undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of New Brunswick and her PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her area of expertise is the development, implementation and evaluation of community and sport-based life skills programming to enhance the development of youth.

Dr. Dan Gould, PhD.

Dr. Dan Gould is a director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and a professor of kinesiology. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Tennis Association and numerous athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Dr. Lani Lawrence, PhD.

Dr. Nohelani (Lani) Lawrence is a clinical and sport psychologist at the University of Southern California. At USC she provides performance consulting services and mental health support to 21 elite NCAA Division-I teams. During the past three years she has taught as an adjunct professor for USC’s Freshman Seminar. Additionally, she serves as a member of the USATF sport psychology group. Lani is a licensed psychologist in the State of California, and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CMPC). She is active in multiple professional organizations including American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She was recently appointed as the Membership Service Division Head of AASP’s Executive Board. Previously, she severed AASP as an At-Large-Member of the Executive Board Strategic Planning Committee and Student Practice Award Committee Student Member. For APA Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), she was selected as a Practice Committee Student Representative. Her research background includes authorship in several peer-reviewed journals (Pediatrics, SAMHSA, & Substance Abuse). She has given several domestic and international presentations on the unique challenges faced by LGBT student-athletes and multiple-minority identity.