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Leslie Sherlin, PhD LAC

Leslie Sherlin, PhD LAC

Assistant Professor of Psychology



PhD - Capella University
MAC - Ottawa University
MSc - Capella University
BA - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Sherlin is the Associate Academic Dean and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at OUAZ. He joined Ottawa University full time in 2017 at the opening of the Surprise campus in Arizona after having been an adjunct faculty.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology (2000) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, master’s degree in clinical psychology (2003), and PhD in psychology (2008) from Capella University, Minneapolis. In 2013, Dr. Sherlin completed a PhD re-specialization and post-doctoral fellowship in sport and performance psychology. In 2018, he completed a master’s degree in professional counseling with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy from Ottawa University, Phoenix.

Dr. Sherlin is one of the world’s leading experts on the neuroscience of high performance. He has founded a number of different companies pioneering services and tools in the performance psychology and psychophysiology markets. Dr. Sherlin is a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance. He has led research partnerships with Red Bull’s High Performance Center, USA Track & Field, US military Special Operations Forces, professional teams in multiple sports in many countries, to discover what the brains of the most high performing people were doing and help them do more of it. Dr. Sherlin has published this work in the academic literature and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Sports Illustrated, CNN, ESPN, CBS, Popular Science, Outdoor Magazine and more.

Dr. Sherlin continues to teach, research and provide services in counseling and sport and performance consulting to individuals and teams. He is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. Dr. Sherlin is a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, certified by the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology, certified at the Diplomat level in quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) and is BCIA Board Certified both in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. He is certified in equine assisted learning and therapy by the Equine Assisted Learning and Growth Association and is Board Certified as a Diplomat in Quantitative Electrophysiology. Dr. Sherlin has served on the board of directors for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology in a number of elected positions including the president/chairman.

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