Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed performance psychologist. He served two seasons as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Football Giants and also served as the team psychologist for the New York Mets for nine seasons. He is part of The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative. Fader is a frequent contributor to the national conversation on performance, regularly appearing on Good Morning America, CBS this Morning, CNN, Fox News, Bleacher Report and others. Represented by the Lavin Agency, he speaks to groups on improving performance.
Ben Oliva is a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) and licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). He specializes in training athletes and performers of all ages to maximize their potential by teaching evidence-based mental skills and techniques that apply both on and off the field.
Ben is the mental performance coach for Fordham University and New York University Athletics. He also works with the Baylor Football program and other NCAA teams. Beyond athletics, Ben is a mental performance coach for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative and delivers leadership and mental performance workshops for business organizations across the country.
Prior to joining SportStrata, Ben’s experience includes working for the mental skills group of the Boston Red Sox and serving as an assistant coach at Williams College for the baseball and football programs, where he was also a two-sport varsity athlete. In addition, Ben worked for nearly a decade at a summer camp for children ages 5-12.
Ben received his master’s degree (EdM) in sport and performance counseling from Boston University and his undergraduate degree in psychology and astrophysics from Williams College. In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking with his dog, spending time with his friends and family, and playing sports. He currently competes as an endurance athlete and has completed the Boston and Los Angeles Marathons.
Michael Dulchin, MD is a psychiatrist with a particular interest in both the physical and mental aspects of performance. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University Medical Center and co-founder of Union Square Practice, where he works with clients including physicians, athletes, and other elite performers to understand the cognitive, emotional, and physiological aspects of peak functioning. Dr. Dulchin served as the Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center for 10 years, where he won the Teacher of the Year award in 2013. He draws on this experience as well as his personal experience as a coach of youth athletics, rock climber, and skier to help others succeed in a range of competitive settings.
Alexis Duclos is an entrepreneur and catalyst with 10+ years of experience bringing ideas to reality. Operating at the intersection of strategy and implementation, she keeps pace with visionary innovators, on-the-ground executors, and everyone in between. Alexis has worked within and for non-profits, start-ups, consulting services, and private practices. She brings a positive, empathy-first approach to her work and loves investing in people and purpose every day.
Liv Massey is a mental performance coach and mental health counselor. Liv received her Master’s degree (M.Ed) in mental health counseling with a specialization in sport and performance psychology from Boston University. Liv was a 4-year NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Athlete who competed at Bucknell University. Her passion lies with helping athletes and other performers reach their highest potential through the creation of specifically designed plans that include evidenced-based mental conditioning techniques. Liv has specific expertise in the delivery of mindfulness-based interventions that help performers develop abilities in attentional control, mental preparation and optimizing their mindset to be able to perform at their best.
Liv has participated in the creation of sport psychology research ranging in topics from self-compassion development in athletes and coaches to measuring coping skills and resilience in elite performers. She also served as a Sport Psychology consultant for NCAA Division III teams in the Boston area. Liv has worked in a variety of settings ranging from leading young adult clients through wilderness therapy in Hawaii to delivering therapeutic interventions to kids through the use of sport and play.
When Liv is not working with athletes, she can be found running with her big dog in the park, playing flag-football or soccer with her various social leagues, or exploring the NYC restaurant scene.
Amanda Fazio joins the SportStrata team as a Project Coordinator and Mental Performance Coach. Amanda received her master’s degree (M.S.) in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee. Her passion lies with empowering athletes and performers to reach their highest potential both on and off the field through the teaching of evidence-based mental techniques, specifically surrounding positive psychology, and a mindfulness approach, and utilizing techniques from motivational interviewing. It is her goal for performers to not solely use mental techniques and increase enjoyment in performance, but to find it in everyday life. Amanda’s most recent experience ranges from facilitating mental skills training programs with youth and college athletes in various sports to conducting research with para-sport athletes on flow state experiences. She is also currently working towards becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) as well as completing her master’s in clinical mental health counseling to seek licensure.
Prior to joining the SportStrata team, Amanda was a collegiate softball coach for three years at both the Division I and Division III levels, while most recently serving as the Graduate Assistant for the softball team at the University of Tennessee for two years. These experiences have allowed her to work not only with athletes at a high level, but also communicate effectively with various collegiate coaches and administrations to help them facilitate growth, positive team cultures, and most importantly, enjoyment, in the student-athlete experience. She prides herself on building positive relationships with student-athletes and has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the intersection of mental and physical performance. In her own playing career, Amanda was a 4-year NCAA Division I softball player at Bucknell University where she broke program records in career strikeouts, strikeouts in a single season, wins in a single season, and stolen bases for the Bison.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys bringing her very fluffy dog to the park and on hikes, cheering for the New York Yankees and New York Giants, and eating her weight in ice cream. Amanda is also a second-degree blackbelt in Isshinryu Karate, which she credits for much of her mental fortitude in her own athletic career.
Jared McShall is a licensed clinical psychologist. Working within a cognitive-behavioral framework, Jared believes cultivating a strong client-coach relationship is paramount to helping clients reach their goals. Jared also has extensive training in Motivational Interviewing and its application for augmenting empirically-supported interventions.
Jared grew up in Harlem, where he began studying martial arts at age 10. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he began training with karate world champions Eugene Frazier and Jadi Tention in the Bronx. Jared went on to compete in several national martial arts tournaments while helping to develop junior martial artists.
Prior to SportStrata, Jared was a full time psychologist with Montefiore Medical Center’s Supporting Healthy Relationships Program, where he led psychoeducational workshops with under-served couples. He taught empirically-supported techniques to improve communication between partners, reduce conflict, manage stress, and improve parenting.
Outside of work, Jared enjoys playing basketball, collecting movies, and “circling the wagon” for the Buffalo Bills!
Dr. Rebekka Palmer is a licensed clinical and performance psychologist. She works as a coach and therapist for youth, young adults, athletes, couples and executives. She believes strongly that athletes, performers as well as people in business can benefit from mental coaching.
She has done performance coaching with executives in a wide array of specialties such as treasury, finance consulting, investment banking and corporate banking. Her approach with executives has largely focused on refining and working toward performance goals, advisory regarding challenging decision making and handling sensitive issues, as well as enhancing emotional intelligence.
In addition to her coaching work with high-performers, Dr. Palmer has extensive experience in substance abuse treatment, motivationally challenged populations, harm reduction, and use of protective strategies for substance use among young adults.