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Philosophy

Get Your Head in the Game is dedicated to helping you maximize your performance and enjoyment of any chosen endeavor. Excellence is more than a singular focus on winning; it requires a balance in life. All aspects of your life–family, friends, school/work, health and faith–are essential elements of this balance.

Charlie Brown, Ph.D.

Charlie Brown PhD

Specialties: Performance Excellence and Relationships

Dr. Brown works with performers of the highest ability – national champions, world record holders, Olympians, professional athletes, professional performing artists, CEO’s, business owners, and editors. In 2008, he was invited by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology to present in The Best of the Best: Signature Sport Psychology Techniques that Link Theory and Practice. The American Psychological Association selected him as the psychologist to demonstrate sport/performance techniques for the DVD Performance Psychology (2008), part of APA’s video series, “Special treatments for special populations.” Dr. Brown was elected as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association in 2011 in recognition of his work advancing the application of sport psychology principles to performance areas beyond athletics (now referred to as “performance psychology”), and in doing so indicated his “national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state, or regional level.” In the final chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology (Murphy, 2012), Murphy asked three individuals for impressions on the future of sport and performance psychology.  The heads of the Sport Psychology programs of the United States Olympic Committee and the Australian Institute of Sport were tapped to address the future of sport psychology; Dr. Charlie Brown was selected to address the future of performance psychology.

Dr. Brown has served as the official sport psychologist for the USA Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Slalom team, and for Team Elite of SwimMAC of the Carolinas. Team Elite is one of three post-collegiate training centers for US swimmers training for national and international competition.  Five members of Team Elite earned spots on the US Olympic Team; they collectively won 3 gold medals and 3 silvers at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Dr. Brown also currently serves on the medical team for the NC Dance Theatre.

In 2008 “Dr. Charlie” received what the Charlotte Business Journal refers to as “the ultimate seal of approval… a laudatory appraisal in O, The Oprah Magazine” after a feature article in the November edition described his work with one of his clients.

Dr. Brown is Director of Get Your Head In The Game (formerly FPS Performance), a resource that helps athletes, performing artists, and professionals perform to their full potential. Get You Head In The Game provides services for athletes and performers of all ages and abilities, including those simply wanting more enjoyment from sport and life.

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Brown is an advocate for helping individuals achieve and sustain a healthy, active lifestyle.  His presentations offer pragmatic, down-to-earth principles and techniques to help individuals of all abilities and ages improve health and performance.

Consulting Interests:

  • Performance enhancement in sport, business, performing arts, school and interpersonal relationships.
  • Mental skills training on topics such as motivation, confidence, concentration, stress management, goal setting, and mental preparation.
  • The impact and interactions of relationships and performance.
  • Work-life balance enhancing performance.

Clinical Interests:

  • Expertise in relationship issues, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, parent-child problems, and ADD/ADHD.

Current Projects:

  • Integrating Mental Skills Training as part of the standard curriculum for surgical simulation training.
  • Developing an online educational program on balancing stress and recovery.
  • Developing online resources for athletes and performers, as well as for professionals seeking to develop expertise in performance consulting.

Athletic Interests:

  • T’ai chi, cycling, running, triathlon and snow skiing. Most memorable athletic moments: first triathlon at Table Rock, SC; the Charlotte Marathon (old course); skiing the double diamond High Traverse at Taos.

Professional Offices Held

  • Founding Board of Directors, North Carolina Psychological Foundation (1991-93)
  • Council of Representatives, American Psychological Association (1987-91)
  • President, North Carolina Psychological Association (1987-88)
  • Board of Directors, North Carolina Psychological Association (1984-87)
  • Board of Directors, North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (1983-88)

Education

  • Ph.D. (Counseling Psychology) University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A. (General-Theoretical Psychology) Appalachian State University
  • B.A. (Psychology) Davidson College

Licensure and Certification

  • Member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry
  • Certified Consultant, Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (#138)
  • Licensed Psychologist- North Carolina (#726); Health Services Provider
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (#30438)

Publication and Presentation Record

  • A regular contributor on the topic of sport psychology and mental skills to Inside Triathlon 1997-2000.
  • Academic publications in The Family Psychologist, Contemporary Psychology, the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
  • Although primarily a practitioner, has presented regionally, nationally or abroad every year since 1981.
  • Feature presenter at Suitcase of a Wonder Worker, a Russian-American Family Therapy Conference (1994) co-sponsored by Seton Hall University and the Moscow Institute for Group and Family Therapy, Moscow, Russia.

Major Media Contacts and Appearances

  • Featured in CNBC’s On the Money special on applying the skills and techniques of sport psychology in business settings, aired in conjunction with the 2006 Winter Olympics.
  • Interviewed by and quoted in the APA Monitor, Bicycling, Psychology Today, Redbook, Fitness, Gotta Sweat and Shape magazines.
  • Primary consultant and discussant for a two hour television program “Big Boys Can Cry: The Changing American Male,” presented by WPCQ-TV (Charlotte, NC), September 1981.
  • Regularly interviewed by local newspaper and television media on topics ranging from families, marital problems, and creativity to psychological analysis of the characters from the Seinfield television program.