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Candidate statement for Member-at-Large: Anthony P. Kontos
Dr. Anthony P. Kontos is the Assistant Research Director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Previously, he was a Professor and Chair-elect at Humboldt State University (HSU), where he taught sport/exercise psychology, motor development/learning and research methods. He was also the director of the North Coast Sports Concussion program and Behavioral Performance Lab. Anthony was also an associate professor at the University of New Orleans (UNO), where he directed the Sport Concussion Testing program, was the sport psychology consultant for the UNO Sports Medicine team, and was an adjunct professor in the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center.
Anthony received his PhD in kinesiology with a focus in sport psychology from Michigan State University where he received master’s degrees in counseling psychology and exercise science. He completed his BA in psychology at Adrian College, where he was a captain and all-conference player on the men’s soccer team. He also coached high school boys’ and girls’ varsity and club soccer for 10 seasons in Michigan. Anthony is the father of two children and coaches youth soccer and basketball, in addition to still “playing” soccer in what his wife refers to as an “ageappropriate league”. He also enjoys fly fishing, hiking, biking, traveling and playing sports with his family.
It is an unprecedented time of growth and exposure for sport/exercise psychology, and I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Division 47 member-at-large position. I am an assistant research director and associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I have been an active APA member since 1996, and am the current program chair for Division 47. Through my work the past two years as Program Chair, I have gained valuable insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Division 47, while forging excellent working relationships with colleagues both within and outside of the Division. I am confident that I can relate to and represent the interests of sport/exercise psychology professionals from diverse backgrounds (academic, applied, research), which I believe will help engage our members and foster continued growth of the Division toward shared goals. I believe that Division 47 should not only set the standards for our profession, but also act on them through the development and promotion of academic training, internships, position statements, practice parameters, press releases and professional and research ethics. We also need to invigorate and expand our membership by enhancing professional development opportunities for students and professionals through more active and relevant communications, programming, publications, and recognition. In closing, I look forward to the opportunity to actively serve the members of Division 47 as Member-at-Large. If you have any questions about me or my statement, please email. Thank you for your consideration!