Laina Nelson is one of Premier Sport Psychology’s part-time office administrators. She assists in maintaining office efficiency, scheduling, and other tasks related to client care.
Experience, Education, and Training:
Laina is a former intern at Premier Sport Psychology from the summer of 2018. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from North Dakota State University (May 2018) where she gained hands-on experience in research on the human stress response and performance, disordered eating, anxiety, and depression. This experience, in addition to being a three-sport athlete and performer throughout her life, unveiled the field of sport and performance psychology as her true passion. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she intends to prepare for certification as a mental performance consultant (CMPC).
Laina grew up in Lake Park, MN and attended Lake Park-Audubon High School, graduating in 2015. During her high school career, Laina lettered in varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball and was team captain her senior year. During her undergraduate career, Laina was part of an all-female boxing team, where she was first introduced to mindfulness integration in sport. While growing up participating and loving sport, Laina also was passionate about music. She was part of her high school jazz band (where she played tenor and alto saxophone), pop choir, and the annual musical. She grew up singing the National Anthem at many sporting events and began writing her own music in junior high. She even performed her original song “Unstoppable” at her high school graduation. Her love for music allowed her the opportunity to perform at different venues in the United States (whether solo or filling in for certain bands), partake in professional vocal clinics, and record her own music. Laina takes each of these experiences to heart, driving her to grow in the field of sport and performance psychology.