Erika Van Dyke is a first year Sport and Exercise Psychology PhD student from Northern California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor in Exercise Biology at the University of California, Davis, where she competed as an NCAA Division I gymnast. Upon graduating, she moved cross country to Springfield, MA to complete her Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Athletic Counseling at Springfield College. There, she served as a graduate fellow teaching physical education skills courses, and as an assistant coach for the Springfield College women’s gymnastics team. For her thesis, Erika studied self-talk and competitive balance beam performance among collegiate gymnasts. Her current research interests focus on self-talk and mindfulness. Erika hopes to one day teach at the university level and to engage in consulting with teams and individual athletes. Outside of academic pursuits, Erika greatly enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She has a passion for movement and the outdoors, and relishes days spent hiking, soaking in the sights and sounds of waterfalls, taking photos and practicing yoga.
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