EPS Founder
Dr. Nideffer

Biographical Data

Dr. Robert M. Nideffer received his Ph.D. in clinical and experimental psychology from Vanderbilt University. He has been an associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, and a part time professor in the departments of physical education and psychology at San Diego State University. In 1985, he was a visiting fellow in the department of biological sciences at Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of Enhanced Performance Systems.

Research and Writing

Dr. Nideffer has written seventeen books and authored over one hundred research and applied articles. His first book, The Inner Athlete was published in 1976, and has been described by reviewers as "a land mark text". Dr. Nideffer is the developer of The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS), an assessment tool used worldwide to measure the attentional and interpersonal skills of high level performers in sports, business, sales, and the military.

Two other books of note are The Ethics and Practice of Applied Sport Psychology, and Psyched to Win. The ethics and practice book has been described as "the most comprehensive sport psychology book in any language that deals not only with the "how to's" of psychometrics and clinical intervention, but also with many of the ethical issues..." Psyched to Win uses information gained from his work with Olympic teams to help readers develop their own mental training programs.

Please see the EPS Articles page for a partial listing of other writings of Dr. Nideffer.

Consulting Experience

Dr. Nideffer has worked with the Australian Institute for Sport, and other Olympic training centers around the world, developing computer software and psychological assessment programs for athletes. He has consulted with the Coaching Association of Canada, contributing to coaching certification manuals and providing training seminars for Canada's national and elite -level coaches and athletes. He has worked with Olympic teams from the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and participated as a sport psychologist in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games.

In addition to his work with professional and Olympic athletes, Dr. Nideffer is a consultant to multinational corporations, police, and the military. He has been involved in the development of highly specialized mental training programs for individuals whose jobs require that they perform under extreme pressure. Reports on Dr. Nideffer's work have appeared in major publications around the world, including Fast Company, Business Week, Dun's Review, The National Observer, New York Times, Canadian Business, and Sports Illustrated. He has made guest appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Not for Women Only with Barbara Walters, and on ABC-TV's coverage of the 1984 Olympic games.

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