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Dr. Poczwardowski received his Ph.D. in exercise and sport science with specialization in psychosocial aspects of sport from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, a master’s degree in coaching and physical education from University of Physical Education in Gdansk, Poland and a master’s degree in psychology from Gdansk University, Poland.
Currently he is a professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and, in the past he worked at Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida), St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York), University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah), and University of Physical Education in Gdansk (Poland) Courses that he has taught include psycho-social aspects of sport, applied sport psychology, consulting methods and practices, group dynamics in sports, motor learning and control, training planning and periodization, psychophysiological aspects in human movement, research methods, and qualitative research methods.
He has over 40 publications (of which 19 are published in peer-reviewed journals, 11 re book chapters, 1 is a co-edited book, and 13 are publications for different professional journals). He delivered over 70 professional presentations on national and international level and over 60 invited and educational lectures and workshops in the United States, Canada, Greece, Denmark, Mexico, and Poland. His publications and professional presentations focus on sport psychology practice for performance enhancement and psychological well-being, coach-athlete relationships, and coping strategies in elite performers. For two years (2004 – 2006) he served as an Associate Editor for The Sport Psychologist and he currently serves on its Editorial Board. In 2006 he was nominated for the President of Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), which has membership from about 30 countries. He currently serves in the Managerial Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology (2013-2017).
Since 1991, Dr. Poczwardowski has consulted with athletes and teams from a number of sports (tennis, golf, hockey, judo, squash, baseball, team handball, soccer, track and field, diving, rowing, cycling, air pistol shooting, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, and speed skating). At the elite level, he worked with the Polish national men’s and women’s judo teams (1991 & 1992 European Championships, 1992 World Championships, and 1992 Olympic Games) and St. Lawrence University Division I women’s hockey team (2001 and 2004 Frozen Four). In 2006, he founded Planet Excellence Sports, Inc. and delivered mental training to elite tennis players and golfers. He is a partner in Sport & Performance Excellence Consultants, LLC that provides sport psychology services in the Denver metro area. He is a Certified Consultant AASP (the Association for Applied Sport Psychology) in performance enhancement and is listed in United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry.