Dr. Nicole Detling received her BA in psychology and sports science from Ohio Wesleyan University, her MS in sport psychology from Ithaca College, and her PhD in sport psychology at the University of Utah. She also completed a sport psychology internship in the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic. Nicole has been consulting with athletes and performers since 1998. Athletes, teams, and coaches of all ages, ability levels, and sports have sought Nicole’s services. She has also worked with performing artists. Nicole regularly travels the world giving talks and trainings on mental toughness to athletes, coaches, businesses, and at professional conferences.  She is currently the owner of HeadStrong Consulting, LLC, a sport psychology company focusing on performance enhancement through mental skills training. Nicole co-authored a book with her doctoral mentor, Dr. Keith Henschen, entitled “Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind”, which was published in February, 2018 and available on this website or on Amazon. She has also co-authored book chapters as well as professional journal publications. She is a member and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).  She has appeared on The Colbert Report, NBC, and several local news stations and has been heard on NPR, podcasts, and local radio stations.  She has also been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles, both print and online.

Nicole is currently the Mental Performance Coach with Real Salt Lake (MLS Soccer Team), US Ski and Snowboard Association (Freestyle Aerials, Freeskiing, and Snowboarding), USA Nordic (Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping), and the US Para-Archery team.  Nicole also works with Ballet West (Professional Ballet Company) and several individual athletes from the youth through elite levels.  In addition to working with several Olympic medalists and world champions, she has worked with professional athletes in the PGA, MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL as well as professional road cyclists and mountain bikers.  Also, Nicole was contracted with the University of Utah Athletics Department to provide sport psychology services to all U of U athletes from 2013-2019. In addition, she served at the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services as well as a provider (Mental Performance Coach) with US Speed Skating from 2008-2013.

Her Olympic experience includes being a fully-credentialed member of Team USA with the US Short Track team in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games with the US Freestyle Aerials Ski Team.

In her free time, Nicole is working on her second book with her signature tagline as the title.  She enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, cycling, and skiing.  Nicole resides in the Salt Lake City area with her two sons, Logan and Elias.

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