Emily Murphy joins the Transylvania Athletic Department for the 2019-2020 season as its first-ever Sport Psychology Consultant.
Murphy comes to Transylvania from the University of Kentucky where she is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. As part of her doctoral program practicum, Murphy will spend the 2019-2020 year in partnership with Transylvania as an on-site Sport Psychology Consultant, working with over 400 student-athletes.
“Mental health and wellness is a key to being able to perform at the highest level in athletic endeavors as well as in life,” comments Vice President for Athletics, Dr. Holly Sheilley. “We are excited to be partnering with UK’s Sport & Exercise Psychology Graduate program to provide sport psychology and performance tools to our student-athlete and teams. This is another step in helping us reach athletic excellence.”
“I’m thrilled to be here and working with Transylvania University and its student-athletes,” states Murphy. “It’s an exciting time in sport psychology and being able to help improve not only the performance but the lives of the athletes here is something I’m really excited to strive for.”
A native of Marion, Indiana, Murphy’s areas of research includes the intersection of sport and performance psychology with positive psychology. At Transylvania, Murphy’s focuses will emphasize well-being of student-athletes and performance enhancement through biofeedback, self-talk, and other intervention that can be used to improve performance.
Murphy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Indiana University in 2018, during which she served as a research assistant in multiple labs. In these roles, she focused on cognitive development and positive psychology improving performance.
Murphy began her pathway in the sport psychology field by interning for Dr. Alison Arnold, an industry-leading Sport Psychologist for USA Gymnastics. Murphy’s additional experience includes serving as a teaching assistant at Indiana University to Dr. Jeff Huber for his class The Psychology of Coaching and Motor Performance.
The partnership between Murphy and Transylvania University resulted from a collaboration between Dr. Marc Cormier of the University of Kentucky’s Sport and Exercise Psychology Graduate Program and the Transylvania Athletic Department. Murphy has embarked on research under the purview of Dr. Cormier and Dr. Jeff Reese centering on performance psychology with areas of research including self-compassion in sport transition and how mindset influences performance.