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Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush is a sport psychology professor, scientist, and practitioner in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her areas of specialization include psychological skills training and assessment, mental health, and coaching psychology. Natalie is the Director of the SEWP LAB and the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) - a specialized Centre providing sport-focused mental health care, educational programs, and resources to competitive and high-performance athletes, coaches, and staff. As a Mental Performance Consultant for the past 25 years, Natalie has helped amateur and professional athletes and coaches of all ages, sports, and levels achieve their performance and well-being goals. A relentless advocate for the field of sport psychology, she has co-founded and chaired the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and has served as the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). Natalie is currently the Past President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is an AASP Fellow. She is co-editing AASP’s forthcoming Essential Guide for Mental Performance Consultants. As a student AASP representative in 1996, she created and launched the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (ECSEPS).

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Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush

Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. Gordon Bloom is a Professor and director of the McGill Sport Psychology Research Laboratory, where there are currently two inter-related themes that have important implications for maximizing the benefits that Canadians accrue through sport participation: (1) the knowledge, strategies and behaviours of coaches; (2) the psychosocial aspects of post concussion rehabilitation in athletes. The majority of research has taken place under theme one, where Gordon has developed an internationally recognized coaching research program in terms of leadership practices, mentoring, and team building that develop successful teams and athletes. Dr. Bloom has incorporated the findings of his research in his role as a mental performance consultant with amateur, professional, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes and teams where he has taught them how to use mental skills to accelerate their level of performance in sport and life. He has also received numerous invitations from academic and sport coaching associations around the globe to present his research and practical experiences to scientists, athletes, administrators, and coaches. Gordon still enjoys competing in ice hockey, ball hockey, tennis, and softball.

Dr. Gordon Bloom

Professor, McGill University