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Ph.D., Psychology, author, speaker, consultant

Is the NFL Bad For Women’s Health?

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Just prior to the Super Bowl in 1993, a news conference was held by a coalition of women’s groups informing reporters of substantial evidence that domestic violence rose significantly (as much as 40 percent) on Super Bowl Sunday. The subsequent flurry of media attention resulted in this news becoming a “fact” (you’ll see why I […] [Read More]
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Does March Madness Matter?

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The New York Times Magazine had a cover story a few weeks ago that posed the question: Does college basketball matter? In answer to this rather existential question, I thought, well, it depends to which college basketball they are referring. Are they talking about the game that’s “all about the Benjamins,” including exorbitant coaches’ salaries […] [Read More]
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The Greatest Phenom You’ve Never Heard of

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Have you heard the name Mikaela Shiffrin? Not likely, unless you’re a big fan of alpine ski racing, a sport that only grabs America’s attention every four years during the Winter Olympics. Over the last decade, alpine ski racers have gotten their fair share of media coverage, thanks to the gold medals won by Bode […] [Read More]
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The Dark Side of Youth Sports Superstardom

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With the Wimbledon Tennis Championships just concluded, it is a joy to bask in the reflected glory of such superstars as Rafi Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, and Vera Zvonareva. Their stories are truly inspiring; the early commitment, the years of hard work, the difficult sacrifices to achieve their Herculean dreams. The media place these […] [Read More]
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What Makes the Great Ones Great?

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So what do Tom Brady, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt, Annika Sorenstam, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, and Lisa Leslie have that you don’t? This question has been on the minds of many people of late with the recent publication of Malclom Gladwell’s Outliers and Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code. If you have […] [Read More]
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