Nationally-Renowned Sport Psychologist, Dr. Joel Fish to Visit Harford

From the HCC sports desk:

BEL AIR, Md.—Harford Athletics and the Harford Community College Foundation have partnered to bring Joel H. Fish, Ph.D., a nationally-renowned sport psychology expert to the Harford campus on Monday, April 6 as part of the celebration of the 22nd annual National Student-Athlete Day, which was developed by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).

Dr. Fish will host two presentations at Edgewood Hall, one designed for Harford employees and a second catered towards Harford’s student population. In addition, Fish will host group-specific seminars for both Harford’s coaches and student-athletes.

The presentation for Harford students will be held from 2:15-3:30 p.m. and is titled, “Gaining the Mental Edge.” It will focus on improving mental skills, decision-making and functioning as a team player both in and out of the classroom. The seminar for Harford staff and faculty will be from 3:45-4:45 p.m. and is called “Healthy vs. Unhealthy Competition” and will concentrate on promoting healthy competition in the classroom, workplace and everyday life as well as addressing pressures in today’s economic environment.

Fish, the director of the Center for Sport Psychology based in Philadelphia, Pa., is an extremely accomplished presenter in the sport psychology field and has worked with athletes at all levels, from youth to professional and international levels. He has served as a consultant for the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies and USA Women’s National Soccer team in addition to being featured on ESPN and various other national media outlets.

The speaker has presented at over 200 universities across the country as well as more than 50 national or regional conferences, in addition to publishing a book titled, 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent. Fish received his B.A. from Clark University, M.A. from Temple University and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

More information on Fish and the rest of the staff at the Center for Sport Psychology can be found at