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Craig A. Wrisberg, PhD

Craig A. Wrisberg is a Professor Emeritus of Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Past President of both the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). He is also a Fellow of both AASP and the National Academy of Kinesiology. Wrisberg has published over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters, co-authored the best selling textbook Motor Learning and Performance (Human Kinetics), and presented numerous papers at national and international meetings. In 1992, he was a Visiting Professor at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany.

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During his academic career, Wrisberg supervised the PhD programs of 40 students, most of whom are currently faculty members at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe, including Duke University, Baylor University, California State University at Sacramento, Georgia Southern University, University of Louisville, University of Münster (Germany), New Mexico State University, Occidental College, The Ohio State University, Sam Houston State University, San Jose State University, Springfield College, United States Military Academy at West Point, University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University of North Texas, West Virginia University, and Western New Mexico University.

Beginning in 1981, Wrisberg provided mental training services for athletes and coaches in the Department of Athletics at the University of Tennessee. Among the athletes he personally assisted were 42 NCAA champions and 23 individuals who participated or are currently participating in professional sports. He continues to provide performance consulting for athletes at all levels.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Wrisberg holds a BA in Physical Education from Greenville College (Illinois), MA in Exercise Physiology from Indiana State University, and two degrees from the University of Michigan (MS in Experimental Psychology and PhD in Motor Behavior).


Sato, T., Jensen, P.R., & Wrisberg, C.A. (2024). Kenshi’s experiences of sword fighting in kendo: The way of ippon with soul, sword, and body. The Sport Psychologist, 38, 26-37.

Wrisberg, C.A., & Raabe, J. (2019). Phenomenological consulting: Long-term mental training with an elite, collegiate football player. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3, 20-25.

Shigeno, .C., Lauer, E.E., Wrisberg, C.A., DeLisio, D.C., & Lin, P-C (2018). Developing attentional control in high school football: Two case studies. Sport Psychology in Action, 10 (2), 82-93.

Hector, M.A., Raabe, J., & Wrisberg, C.A. (2018). Phenomenological consulting: A viable alternative for sport psychology practitioners. Sport Psychology in Action. 9 (2), 111-120.

Zakrajsek, R.A., Martin, S.B., & Wrisberg, C.A. (2016). National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I certified athletic trainers’ perceptions of the benefits of sport psychology services. Journal of Athletic Training, 51. 5, 398-405.

Wrisberg, C., & Dzikus, L. (2016). The United States. In R. Schinke, K. McGannon, & B. Smith (Eds.), International handbook of sport psychology (pp. 20-35). London: Routledge.

Zakrajsek, R.A., Martin, S.B., & Wrisberg, C.A. (2015). Sport psychology        services in performance settings: NCAA D-I certified athletic trainers’ perceptions. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology,    4, 280-292.

Laughlin, D.D., Fairbrother, J.T., Wrisberg, C.A., Alami, A., Fisher, L.A., & Huck, S.W (2015). Self-control behaviors during the learning of a cascade juggling task. Human Movement Science, 41, 9-19.

Connole, I., Shannon, V., Watson, J., Wrisberg, C., Etzel, E., & Schimmel, C. (2014).  NCAA athletic administrators’ preferred characteristics for sport psychology positions: A consumer market analysis. The Sport Psychologist, 28, 406-417.

Jensen, P.R., & Wrisberg, C.A. (2014).  Performance under acute stress: A qualitative study of soldiers’ experiences of hand-to-hand combat. International Journal of Stress Management, 21, 406-423.