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Leslie Sherlin, PhD LAC

Leslie Sherlin, PhD LAC

Assistant Professor of Psychology

OUAZ Disability Services Coordinator



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

Dr. Sherlin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Disability Services Coordinator 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. He will complete a master of fine arts in photography in 2021. 

Dr. Sherlin has had an extensive career in providing patient services, academic research and instruction, and entrepreneurial endeavors in mental health care. He is one of the world’s leading experts and a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance. He has led research partnerships with Red Bull North America’s High-Performance Center, USA Track & Field, US military Special Operations Forces, local and federal level law enforcement agencies, Fortune 500 companies and professional teams in multiple sports in many countries.  He 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, Bicycling, Outdoor Magazine and more.

He provides services in clinical counseling as well as sport and performance psychology consulting to individuals, families, teams and organizations through his private practice. Dr. Sherlin is a licensed counselor in the state of Arizona and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. He is a certified mental performance consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology; certified by the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology (IBQE); certified at the Diplomat level in by the International Board of Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG); is Biofeedback Certification International Alliance Board certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (BCN, BCB); and is an equine certified professional by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (ECP). 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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