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Scott Barnicle, Ph.D.

SEP Program Coordinator and Teaching Assistant Professor

Phone: 304-293-5713
Office Location: PAS 245
Office Hours: Monday: 10 am - Noon; Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; Thursday: 2-3 pm
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Professional Highlights

  • Certified Mental Performance consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry
  • Studies sport enjoyment and applied sport psychology intervention
  • Actively consults with professional athletes and Division 1 athletic teams

Educational Background

    • Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Idaho
    • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Boston College
    • B.A., Psychology, Clemson University


      • Certified Mental Performance consultant, Association of Applied Sport Psychology, CC-AASP

      Committees and Memberships

      • Member, Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
      • Member, American Psychology Association (APA)
      • Faculty advisor, Undergraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology Club, 2016-present
      • Associate graduate faculty member, CPASS Graduate Council
      • Sport Psychology Registry, United States Olympic Committee

      Research Interests

      • Sport Enjoyment
      • Golf Psychology
      • Applied Mental Skills Training
      • Teaching Techniques in Sport and Exercise Psychology

      Biographical Sketch

      Dr. Scott Barnicle completed his B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University, during which he studied abroad and played soccer at the collegiate level in Rome. 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 decided to pursue the field, which lead him to complete his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Idaho. While there, he worked extensively within the athletic department in an applied sport psychology role, primarily with the golf, soccer, swimming and tennis teams. While at Idaho, Barnicle was the Women's Golf assistant 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, Barnicle was hired by the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program to work as a performance enhancement specialist for the United States Army at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. While with CSF2, 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 Women's Golf volunteer coach for the University of South Carolina.