My Work in Sport Psychology
Burt Giges, M.D.

AASP, 1994, Lake Tahoe
Burt Giges and Sean McCann in the foreground
Exactly where they're supposed to be.
Photo and caption by Mark Andersen

Biographical Summary

~ Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, Springfield College, MA.

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

Past-President, Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Special Consultant, Psychological Services Subcommittee,             USA Track and Field.

~ Listed in the 
US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.

Editorial Board of The Sport Psychologist.

~ Past Consultant to the Westchester Track Club, N.Y.

~ Past Consultant to Women's Track and Field Team at Springfield College.



~ AASP Keynote Speaker, 1995 (“How People Change”).

~ Conducted workshops at several universities on “Self-Awareness for Sport Psychologists,” and “Psychological Barriers to Performance Excellence.”

~ Past Director of Community Mental Health Services, Westchester Co, NY.

~ Past Board Member, Gestalt Center of Long Island, NY.

~ Private practice in psychiatry.

~ Trained in psychiatry at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, N.Y., and served on the faculty for many years.

~ Past team physician for a high school football program.

~ Past private practice in medicine.

~ Conducted medical research at The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, NY, and at the Walter Reed Hospital Research and Graduate School in Washington, D.C.

~ Received MD degree from New York University College of Medicine, graduated first in the class, and was elected president of the Honor Medical Fraternity.

~ Received bachelor’s degree from City College of NY, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated magna cum laude.

~ Past member of the City College Fencing Team.


Giges, B. (2016).
My work in sport psychology: Second Edition
N. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishng.

Giges, B. (2014). Becoming a sportpsych practitioner. In Becoming a sport psychologist (pp. 9-18). P. J. McCarthy & M.J. Jones, Eds. Oxon, UK: Routledge. 

Giges, B. (2000). Removing psychological barriers: Clearing the way. In 
Doing Sport Psychology (pp.17-31), M. B. Andersen, Ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Giges, B. (1998). Psychodynamic concepts in sport psychology: Comment on Strean and Strean.
The Sport Psychologist, 12, 223-227.

Giges, B. (Fall, 1996). Clinical and sport psychology. Commentary, AASP Newsletter, 11, (3), 24, 27.

Giges, B. (Winter, 1995). Clinicians and educators, Commentary, AASP Newsletter, 10, (1), 17.

Giges, B. (October 1977). Stoking: Criticism at its best, Transactional Analysis Journal, 7, (4), 342.

Giges, B. (July 1975). Using your head: Notes on nodding,
Transactional Analysis Journal, 5, (3), 264-266.

Giges, B., & McCarthy, P. (2014). Understanding athletes' psychological needs. In
Routledge companion to sport & exercise psychology: Global perspective & fundamental concepts. (pp. 907-921). A. G. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort, Eds. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Giges, B. &  Petitpas, A. J. (2000). Brief contact interventions in sport psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 14, 176-187. 

Giges, B., Petitpas, A. J., & Vernacchia, R. A. (2004). Helping coaches meet their own needs: Challenges for the sport psychology consultant.
The Sport Psychologist, 18, 430-444. 

Giges, B. & Reid, G. (2016). Awareness, self-awareness, and mindfulness: The application of theory to practice. In Mindfulness and Performance (pp. 488-514), A.L. Baltzell, Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press. 

Giges, B. & Rosenfeld, E. (1976). Personal growth, encounter, and self-awareness groups. In
The Intensive Group Experience (87-110), M. Rosenbaum and A. Snadowsky, Eds. New York: Free Press, Macmillan.

McCarthy, P. & Giges, B. (2016). Helping coaches meet their psychological needs. In The psychology of sports coaching: Research & practice (pp.101-113), R. Thelwell, C.Harwood, & I. G. Greenlees, Eds. New York: Routledge.

Petitpas, A.J., Danish, S.J., & Giges, B. (1999). The sport psychologist-athlete relationship: Implications for training. The Sport Psychologist, 13, 344-357.


Giges, B. Self Awareness in Sport Psychology Consulting (2011). Wilbraham MA: Virtual Brands. Available from Virtual Brands.

Giges, B., Ravizza, K., Van Raalte, J., & Zaichkowsky, L. (2002). Brief Contact Interventions in Sport Psychology. Wilbraham MA: Virtual Brands. Available from Virtual Brands.

Giges, B., Ravizza, K., & Murphy, S. (2000). Three approaches to sport psychology consulting. Wilbraham MA: Virtual Brands. Available from Virtual Brands.
Book Reviews 

Giges, B. (2000). Review of Sport psychiatry: Theory and practice. D. Begel & R.W. Burton, (Eds.). New York: W. W. Norton. In Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology,22, 273-276.

Giges, B. (1996). Review of Reflections on the mental side of sports.M. Dalloway. Phoenix, AZ: Optimal Performance Institute. In The Sport Psychologist, 10, 300-301.