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Sport-exercise psychologist moves from practitioner to educator

Angela Breitmeyer proved her commitment to her professional goals when she made personal sacrifices, including moving away from friends and family in Illinois, to pursue her graduate education.

She began her educational path in psychology in 1996, when she went to the University of Illinois to get her undergraduate degree. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Angela entered the master’s degree in Clinical Psychology program at the University of Dayton, graduating in 2003.

“For the next two years, I worked as a clinician at a group home for adolescents who were wards of the state,” Angela shares. “In 2005, I made the journey west to attend Argosy University, Phoenix and obtain a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Sport-Exercise emphasis.”

Angela says the clinical training she received at Argosy University, Phoenix prepared her for her current role as an adjunct faculty member of Sport Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix and Ottawa University. “At Argosy, in addition to teaching three graduate-level courses and a practicum seminar, I supervise 13 students who are on their Sport Psychology practica,” she says.

Additionally, Angela is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and was recently designated as a certified consultant. She says a highlight of her career was when she presented her unique approach to Sport Psychology at the 2008 AASP conference.

Although college life can present challenges, Angela says the rewards are well worth it. “The best advice I have for current students is that their determination, hard work, and persistence will pay off in the end,” she says. “I would also recommend that students prioritize their self-care and try to incorporate a semblance of balance in their lives.”