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, motivational interviewing, motor learning and control, training planning and periodization, psychophysiological aspects in human movement, research methods, and qualitative research methods.
Artur has over 60 publications (of which 28 are published in peer-reviewed journals, 18 are book chapters/book parts, 3 are co-edited books, 1 is co-edited conference proceedings, 13 are publications for various professional journals, 1 is a book review, and 1 is an encyclopedia entry). He delivered over 100 professional presentations on national and international level, 4 keynote addresses, and over 80 invited and educational lectures and workshops in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States. 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. He is currently a Fellow of Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and has been a member of the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) since 2013 and currently serves as its Secretary General (2017-2021).
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). He started his private practice in 1991 in Gdańsk, Poland through his Psychological Studio of Performance Enhancement. In 2006, he founded Planet Excellence Sports, Inc. in Florida and, in 2013, as a senior consultant joined Sport and Performance Excellence Consultants, LLC (SPEX) in the Denver area. Recently, he has been involved in assisting in mental training with four US Paralympic Teams. For example, he travelled with the US Paralympics Swim Team to the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and guided mental preparation of three winter Paralympic sports during the 2018 PeyongChang Winter Paralympic Games, South Korea. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) by AASP (the Association for Applied Sport Psychology) and is listed in United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry.