Biographical Sketch

Dr. Barnicle completed his B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University, during which he studied abroad and played soccer at the collegiate level in Rome, Italy. He then went on to gain his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, where he specialized in child and adolescent psychology. After taking sport and performance psychology courses at Boston University as part of the Boston consortium, he found a desire to pursue the field, which lead him to complete his PhD in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Idaho, where he worked extensively within the athletic department in an applied sport psychology role, working most heavily with the golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis teams. While at Idaho, Dr. Barnicle was the Assistant Women's Golf coach for three years, and completed his dissertation on the effects of an enjoyment-focused applied sport psychology training program within Division 1 Women's Soccer, the first of its kind.

In 2012, Dr. Barnicle was hired by the Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2) program to work as a performance enhancement specialist for the United States Army at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina. While with CSF2, Dr. Barnicle specialized in training Basic Training Soldiers and Drill Sergeants in applied sport and exercise psychology principles, both in the classroom and in the field. While in South Carolina, he also served as the Volunteer Women's Golf Coach for the University of South Carolina. In his free time, Dr. Barnicle enjoys golf, snowboarding, soccer, travelling, and loves to cook. 



Educational Background

  • PhD in Sport & Exercise Psychology - University of Idaho
  • MA in Counseling Psychology - Boston College
  • BA in Psychology - Clemson University

Professional Highlights

  • Conducted research on the results of a long-term applied mental training program with basic training soldiers in the United States Army.
  • Served in applied sport psychology roles with Boston College, University of Idaho, University of South Carolina.
  • Dissertation evaluated a sport enjoyment-focused mental training program within Division I women's soccer.

Research Interests

  • Sport enjoyment
  • Applied sport psychology interventions in soccer and golf
  • Social and athletic expectations of elite versus amateur golfers