Adam Gallenberg, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in sport and performance psychology. He strives to help athletes develop a growth mindset, enhance motivation, and promote positive coping skills for a variety of sport performance concerns and personal growth needs.
Experience, Education, and Training
“Dr. Adam” is from Rochester, Minnesota and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Drake University. He then earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and the University of Iowa, respectively. During his graduate programs, Dr. Adam engaged in a wide range of clinical experiences at various sites such as a community-based outpatient clinic, Veterans Affairs department, career advising center, and college counseling centers. His theoretical foundation stems from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), helping clients better connect to personal values to guide behavior and actions. His dissertation focused on the connection between exercise and mental health by implementing a boxing-based training program, measuring behavioral and mental health outcomes. While on APA-accredited internship, he worked with student-athletes at Illinois State University, providing individual counseling and team-oriented presentations/interventions for optimal performance.
Prior to joining the Premier Sport Psychology team, he also worked as a boxing trainer and coach for boxing clubs and facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, California, and Illinois. He continues to train and coach the general public and athletes in the Twin Cities area. He has trained a range of boxers/mma fighters from youth amateur fighters to world champion boxers. His extensive coaching experience and clinical training in psychology provides a unique approach to “the mental game” and has helped athletes bridge the gap between sport engagement and mental performance.
Prior to college, Dr. Adam participated in many sports, but his focus transitioned to music performance throughout high school and college, playing in marching, jazz, and wind ensembles. His engagement in music performance and sound recording connected him to boxing, where he would produce entrance music for professional boxers. His interest in the boxing community led him to train, compete, and fight as an amateur boxer during graduate school. Dr. Adam also became involved in ballroom and Latin dancing, competing in syllabus (bronze, silver, gold) and open (novice and pre-champ) divisions at the state and national level.
Dr. Adam’s variety of sport and performance engagement contributes to his ability to approach growth mindset development with a range of athletes and performers. His balance of clinical knowledge, coaching and leadership experience, and training expertise gives clients a specialty service unique to Premier.
License and Training
Dr. Adam is working towards his license as a psychologist (LP) in Minnesota and his certification as a mental performance coach (CMPC) for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He is also certified as a USA Boxing Coach.