Sports Psychiatry and Performance with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux
Sports Psychiatry and Performance with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux

The Intersection of Sports Psychiatry and Performance with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux

In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii shares space with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux to discuss the role of sports psychiatry in enhancing athletes’ mental health and performance. This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. And it’s all about mental health in sports. Presented and produced as part of the podcast network by SportsE Media.

Topics discussed in this episode “The Intersection of Sports Psychiatry and Performance with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux”

  • The critical distinction between mental health and mental illness, particularly within the athlete community
  • The unique aspects of sports psychiatry and its importance in diagnosing and treating athletes
  • Dr. Charles Malveaux’s professional journey from an elite track and field athlete to a leading sports psychiatrist
  • Strategies for athletes to develop their identities beyond their sports careers and plan for the future
  • The holistic approach to athlete care, including medication management and therapy and collaboration with other healthcare professionals
  • Overcoming stigma and misconceptions about psychiatric treatment among athletes and encouraging open dialogue for seeking help
  • The challenges of navigating the sports ecosystem for both emerging and established athletes, including dealing with the “good old boys club” and finding trusted support networks
  • The impact of cultural and family perspectives on athletes’ willingness to engage in psychiatric care and how success stories can shift these views
  • The importance of educating athletes on the interaction between medications, herbal remedies, and lifestyle choices on their mental and physical health

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About Dr. Wilsa M.S. Charles Malveaux, MD, MA, FAPA:

Dr. Wilsa M.S. Charles Malveaux, MD, MA, FAPA is a Sports Psychiatrist in Los Angeles CA, and the CEO of WCM Sports Psych. She completed her BA and MA in Psychology at Stanford University; her Medical Degree at Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM); and her residency in Psychiatry at UCLA. She is a former elite Track & Field athlete who trained for the Summer Olympics in Track and Field.

She is a tireless advocate & educator on the intersection of Mental Health, Sports, and Racial & Social Justice. Dr. Charles Malveaux has served in many clinical and leadership roles in sports, including as a consultant to the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA); a member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Mental Health Registry; a psychiatrist for the NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness Program; the Western Regional Trustee on the Board of the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA); and the inaugural Chair of the BPA’s Sports Psychiatry Committee.

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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.