Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology – California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University

MA in Clinical Psychology – California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University

MPS in Publishing – The George Washington University

BA in Communications – Marymount University

Dr. Ashley M. Zapata

Sport Psychology Consultant

Ashley Zapata is a sport psychology consultant specializing in sport and performance psychology. She emphasizes the importance of motivation, encouragement, and energy in her work with athletes to optimize performance, whether that be in sport or in daily life. Whether preparing for an individual or team event or dealing with anxiety and stress in daily life, Dr. Zapata’s “Motivate. Encourage. Energize.” mantra serves as a basis of her therapeutic style.  This mantra requires that athletes and performers reflect on their past experiences in order to create a plan, visualize an outcome, and ultimately perform in the present moment with mindful awareness.

Dr. Zapata was born in Panama City, Panama and credits her Afro-Caribbean roots as the foundation for her values and worldview. She grew up in Newport News, Virginia having learned the art of adapting and flexibility early as a military dependent. Throughout her lived experiences she has identified strengths related to resiliency, resourcefulness, and sheer will and motivation.

As a first-generation college student Dr. Zapata earned a BA from Marymount University, her first graduate degree from the George Washington University, and continued to earn a MA and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She has provided mental health and sport performance services to Division I collegiate athletes, elite and professional athletes, and has curated training programs for teams, coaches, and affinity groups such as injured athletes, LGBTQIA+ and athletes of color.


Anxiety, Motivation, Confidence Building, Self-Esteem Building, Encouragement and Empowerment, Collegiate Athletes, Black-Identifying Athletes, LGBTQIA+ Athletes

Work Experience

Ashley’s work at Premier Sport Psychology includes mental health and mental performance programming with the Minnesota Timberwolves and University of Minnesota, where she also provides affinity support for the Black Student-Athletes Association.

In addition to her organizational work, Dr. Ashley also works directly with individual athletes, specializing in high school and collegiate student-athletes, and professional and elite-level performers.

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