About Dr. Murphy
Shane Murphy is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and Assistant
Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University. He is
also on the Clinical Psychology faculty of the graduate program of Capella
He is the founder of Gold Medal Psychological Consultants, which teaches business
and sport organizations the competitive skills that lead to success. Dr. Murphy
was sport psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Teams at the 1988 Summer Games
in Seoul and the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, and a consultant to the
U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on mental preparation for the 2000 Summer Games
For seven years, Dr. Murphy was Head of USOC's Sport Psychology Department,
and from 1992 to 1994 he was Associate Director of its Division of Sport Science
& Technology. He has also been sport psychologist to a number of U.S.
national teams. Dr. Murphy is a frequent lecturer to companies and organizations,
both in the United States and abroad, on competitiveness, high achievement
and teamwork, and a consultant to collegiate and high school athletic programs
and elite athletes in nearly fifty different sports.
Dr. Murphy has contributed to numerous books and scientific journals on sport
psychology and human performance and is the author or co-author of four books,
including most recently, the critically acclaimed
The Cheers and the Tears: Positive Alternatives to the Dark Side of Youth Sports
Today. He has been a frequent guest on network and cable television (Nightline,
The CBS Morning Show, Nova, CNN and MSNBC) and radio (NPR). Articles on his
work have appeared in a variety of national and international periodicals
and newspapers, including USA Today, The Washington Post, Sports
Illustrated, The New York Times, The New York Daily News,
Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and Self, Outside, and Fitness
magazines. Dr. Murphy is the immediate Past-President of the Division
of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.