Dr. Aaron Goodson | Athlete Mental Health at Duke University
Dr. Aaron Goodson | Athlete Mental Health at Duke University

Duke University’s Approach to Athlete Mental Health with Dr. Aaron Goodson

Meet Duke University’s Dr. Aaron Goodson, the driving force behind Duke University’s Mental Health and Performance Department. In this episode of Athlete Mindset, we explore the vital significance of embedding clinical mental health and mental performance consultation services within athletic departments, the importance of racial and ethnic representation among practitioners, and much more. Join us for a game-changing conversation that’s reshaping athlete well-being.

Now Available: The AthMindset® Workbook: Training Your Mind for Optimal Mental Health in Sport and in Life by Dr Tiana Woolridge MD MPH and Lisa Bonta Sumii LCSW

Here’s what you can’t afford to miss:

  • The groundbreaking integration of clinical mental health and performance-boosting services for student-athletes—right where they need it the most.
  • A candid discussion on racial and ethnic representation in mental health practice. Choice matters: Why seeing a counselor who reflects your identity can be a game-changer.
  • How tailored psychological services transform lives, both on and off the field/court/you name it.

About Dr. Aaron Goodson:

  • Ph.D. in Sport Psychology (2018, West Virginia University).
  • Extensive education in sport and mental health fields.
  • Provides psychological services to Duke University student-athletes.
  • Formerly at Mississippi State University, rising to Assistant Athletic Director.
  • Licensed counselor and CMPC, with expertise in student-athlete psychology and diversity in sport psychology.

Production team:

  • Athlete Mindset is part of the podcast network, QuietLoud Studios
  • Presented by SportsE Media: a digital sports media brand for entrepreneurs engaged in sports

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Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW | CEO & Founder of AthMindset® 

Lisa brings a high level of expertise to the athlete mental health space, from both a clinical and performance focus. She works with elite youth athletes, collegiate student-athletes, Olympians/Olympic hopefuls, professional athletes, coaches, teams, and the entire sport ecosystem.  

Lisa is the first-ever Mental Performance Coach for the Oakland Roots Sports Club, a men’s professional soccer team, in the USL, working alongside other coaches on the Technical Team, as well as the Sports Medicine staff.  

Lisa is listed in the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry, the NFL Player Association’s Clinician Directory, and the Major League Rugby Mental Health and Wellness Directory. 

As a direct response to need, Lisa founded AthMindset® – a diverse team of athlete-centered, licensed mental health clinicians and mental performance consultants, serving across several states.   

Lisa is a professional podcast host and podcast guest. She hosts the Athlete Mindset Podcast and co-hosts Roots Radio. She is a keynote speaker, an accomplished TEDx Speaker, speaks nationally and internationally, and is often invited to speak at conferences and contribute to expert panels. 

Lisa has been quoted in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health Magazine, as well as being interviewed on the BBC World News and Radio Bliss, in Jordan. Her first book, The AthMindset® Workbook: Training your mind for optimal mental health in sport and in life is now available. 

Lisa received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara as an undergraduate. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.