About Us


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.

Dr. Charlie Brown

Specialties: Performance Excellence and Relationships

Dr. Brown has worked 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 retired in July 2016  and currently limits professional activities to development of online resources.   The Get Your Head In The Game website continues to be a resource to help athletes, performing artists, and professionals perform to their full potential or simply wanting more enjoyment from life.

Current Projects:

  • Enjoying retirement to the fullest
  • Developing a mental skills video series as a “legacy project”


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

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, presented regionally, nationally or abroad every year from 1981 until retirement in 2016 .
  • 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.

4 Replies to “About Us”

  1. Hi, I am looking for a summer internship using my Psychology major. I plan to be a Sports Psychologist when I graduate. I am currently a first semester Senior. Do you have any Summer internships available?

  2. Hello,

    I am interested in becoming a clinical sports psychologist. Is it a must to study sports psychology? Am I able to a clinical sports psychologist with just a Phd in Clinical Psychology? Please get back to me at your earliest convenience.

    1. Sport psychology includes a specific body of knowledge that is not part of training in clinical psychology. Clinical training provides an excellent foundation for knowing how to help people change; however, sport psychology training addresses performance enhancement, which is a different knowledge base and skill set from that of clinical psychology. I encourage you to contact Division 47– the Society of Sport, Exercise Psychology and Performance Psychology– of APA (https://www.apa.org/about/division/div47) for more information. You may also want to check out the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (https://appliedsportpsych.org/) as another track for helping people perform under pressure.

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