Russ Flaten, Ed.D., is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) who specializes in peak performance/player development and leadership. Russ supports a wide range of training and product development within Premier Sport Psychology. Russ aims to equip players, coaches, and leaders to more effectively meet demands that they will face, not just the task to be performed. “Too often, players focus just on their job or task and they do not take into account the demands of performing under pressure (nerves or rebounding from a mistake). When players understand how to prepare for the demands they are going to face, then the consistent, high level performances that they desire will be much easier to reach.”
Experience, Education and Training:
Russ grew up in Minneapolis, MN and pursued an Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Upon graduating from Hamline, Russ moved to Phoenix, AZ and attended Argosy University. While at Argosy Russ completed a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Doctoral degree in Higher Education. Prior to joining Premier Sport Psychology, Russ worked as a Mental Performance Coach for both the military and sport communities. In addition, Russ taught a wide variety of sport psychology courses at the master’s and doctoral level. Currently, Russ is working on publications to introduce the “Precursors Model for Positive Change” to the field of Sport Psychology and still teaches in an adjunct capacity.
Athletic and Performance Background:
Russ participated in football, baseball, and swimming in high school. In college, Russ focused on Football, playing middle linebacker. While in college, Russ also played Saxophone in the jazz ensemble. After graduation, Russ stayed involved with football coaching inside and outside linebackers at the high school and college level while attending graduate school. Currently, Russ stays active in rec leagues and enjoys golfing in his free time.
License and Certifications:
Russ holds certification as a Mental Performance Coach through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).