Kelly Madden graduated with a B.A. from Williams College in 2009 and received his Ed.M. from Boston University in 2011.  Kelly is currently a second year doctoral student in Counseling and Sport Psychology.  Kelly was first introduced to sport psychology playing for his high school’s hockey team and was instantly hooked.  As an undergraduate, his passion for sport psychology continued to grow, culminating with researching techniques for optimal performance under pressure.  His interests include the study and development of leadership in sport, psychological performance enhancement, and youth athlete development. Over the past few years, he has consulted with youth and collegiate athletes, sport-based non-profits, and presented research at a regional sport psychology conference.

Vanessa LoVerme Akhtar received her B.A. (’08) and Ed.M (’10) from Boston University, and is currently a third year doctoral student in Counseling and Sport Psychology. As an undergraduate, she spent four months working with elite athletes at the National Institute for Sport and Physical Education in Paris, France. Over the last several years, she has worked with high school, collegiate (Division I and Division III), and club athletes and coaches doing both team workshops and one-on-one sessions. She is currently a BU Mental Conditioning Coach, available to work one-on-one with BU athletes.

Former BU Mental Conditioning Contributors

Dave Hurley graduated with a B.A. from Bates College in 2005 and received his Ed.M. in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University in 2009.  He is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Counseling and Sport Psychology.  He first discovered the benefits of sport psychology as a collegiate track athlete.  Before returning to graduate school, Dave worked at the Institute for International Sport and at a Boys & Girls Club in Greater Boston.  Over the past four years, he has consulted with youth, high school, and collegiate athletes, as well as coaches and referees, conducting both large, group workshops and one-on-one sessions.

Frank Perry received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University (2000) and a master’s degree in neuroscience from Boston University (2007).  He is currently a fourth year doctoral student in the Counseling and Sport Psychology program at BU’s School of Education.  Over the past two years, he has consulted with Division I college athletes and performed research using biofeedback to enhance performance.  His interests include using biofeedback, neurofeedback, psychophysiology and neuroscience to help athletes perform better.

Ira Martin graduated with a B.A. from Suffolk University in 2008 and received his Ed.M. in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University in 2009. He is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Counseling and Sport Psychology. He first became interested in sport psychology as a collegiate ice hockey player, where his passion of sport became intertwined with his interest and studies of psychology. Over the past three years, he has consulted with youth, high school, and college athletes, as well as coaches and referees on numerous performance enhancement concerns. He enjoys conducting educational workshops for teams and working with individual athletes via one-on-one sessions.