Review of Experiences

Notable engagements and presentations

Dr. Cristina Fink and her staff are frequently invited to speak to local clubs, teams, coaches, and parents, as well as to participate in panel discussions and conference presentations across the world. Below is a brief list of lectures and presentations involving the sports psychology staff.

Invited Lectures and Presentations: 

  • Dr. Fink is currently involved with U.S. Soccer licensure courses, providing sport psychology coaching education sessions, including several session in 2014 and one as recent as January 2015
  • Building a sport psychology program for a top academy. Presentation to Real Sociedad soccer club (Fink, 2012)
  • Collaborating with coaches: How to establish trust. Presentation to Directors of Real Sociedad Clubs in collaboration with Real Sociedad’s Sport Psychology Department (Fink, 2012)
  • Team and emotions. Presentation to FC Barcelona Youth Academy coaches, Barcelona, Spain (Fink, 2012)

Conference Presentations:

  • Can Grit be taught? Presentation - Association of Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (Fink, 2012)
  • The assessment and intervention of player burnout within a professional youth soccer academy program. Presentation - Association of Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (Fink, 2012)
  • Understanding how youth soccer players perceive leadership: Exploring the meaning of leadership with a leadership packet. Workshop - 7th Annual Urban Soccer Symposium, Washington, D.C. (Galvin, Fink, 2013)
  • The development of expertise and excellence in applied sport psychology. Panel discussion - The European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) annual conference, Paris, France (Fink, 2013)
  • The interrelation of sport psychology and sport sciences in the preparation of elite performers. Presentation - 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, Spain (Fink, 2013)
  • Leadership, performance psychology, transitions in sports, and the pursuit of excellence. Lectures presented in Honolulu, Hawaii (Fink, 2013)
  • Applied sport psychology and what coaches can do to reinforce mental skills principles on the field. Presentation - French Football Federation, Clairefontaine, France (Fink, 2013)
  • Building for the future - Investing in the American player: An in-depth look at Philadelphia Union / YSC’s innovative youth development model. Presentation - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Fink, Gundersen, Knowles, 2014)
  • Teaching character through soccer: TPSR model. Presentation at 8th Annual Urban Soccer Symposium, Washington, D.C. (Fink, Galvin, 2014)
  • Building Club Culture. Presentation at 8th Annual Urban Soccer Symposium, Washington, D.C. (Fink, 2014)
  • Sport psychology: A key component of a football academy program. Presentation - European College of Sport Sciences Congress, Amsterdam (Fink, Galvin, 2014)
  • Relating burnout, leadership, and psychological characteristics of optimal performance in sports. Presentation - American Psychological Association’s annual conference. Washington, D.C. (Fink, Galvin, 2014)
  • Creating the environment for excellence. Presentation - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Fink, 2015)
  • Choosing confidence. Presentation - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Fink, 2015)