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Friday Sept 30, 2016

Arizona Grand Resort, Pheonix, Arizona
Time: 6:00-9:00pm in Room Palm 3AB

Join us for a free seminar promoting Peak Performance Physiology Training – a significant element of the USOC’s Olympic training program in Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. Used in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, PGA Golf and ATP Tennis. Integrated as a permanent component of the Canadian Olympic program in 2008, it is an internationally recognized tool for achieving maximum performance at the top level.

Special Guest Speakers

Vietta Sue Wilson

Vietta "Sue" Wilson, PhD

Peak Performance Psychophysiology Pioneer

Vietta ‘Sue’ Wilson Ph.D. is a retired professor from York University, senior fellow with BCIA biofeedback and neurofeedback certifications, with a lifetime achievement award from Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. She specializes in psychophysiological assisted mental training for developing world calibre players. Sue has worked with an athlete in every Olympics since 1976 with many of her athletes being either Olympic medalist or on the professional circuit. She developed the basic psychophysiological software used in many parts of the world including the Canadian Olympic/Paralympic teams, United States Olympic Teams, professional hockey, soccer, baseball and golf. Currently she is working with Paralympic archers, tennis clubs/professionals, And Olympic Figure Skaters. After taking her feral cat to the clinic, Sue is providing stress management for a veterinary college.

Lindsay Thornton

Lindsay Thornton, EdD

Senior Sports Psychophysiologist, USOC

Lindsay Thornton, EdD, is a Senior Sport Psychophysiologist at the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). She has her Ed.M and Ed.D from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. Dr. Thornton trained under Dr. Len Zaichkowsky and Dr. Vietta Wilson for her focus in applied psychophysiology in elite sport. Dr. Thornton’s doctoral work examined the application of biofeedback and neurofeedback training program to create an optimal pre-performance state and improve competitive performance. She is licensed as a psychologist, and is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback by BCIA.

Dr. Thornton has developed, advised and provided training for psychophysiology labs in elite athlete training centers domestically and abroad. She has spoken at various national conferences on the influence of the mind and brain on performance and health, and reciprocally, the neurocognitive influence of exercise on cognition and emotion. She is intrigued by the prospect of identifying psychophysiological markers for elite performance and using technology and education to enhance recovery and performance.

Marc Stricland

Marc Strickland, PsyD

Club Sports Psychologist, Oakland A’s

Marc Strickland, Psy.D is a renowned Sport Psychologist and founder and owner of Multisport Psychological Consultants in Phoenix, AZ. He received his doctoral degree from Argosy University, Phoenix in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Sport Psychology and has a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Exercise and Sport Science. A former NCAA Division 1 athlete, Dr. Strickland has over 10 years of consulting experience with elite level athletes, as well as years of experience coaching.

Dr. Strickland has spent the previous three years utilizing sport science principles of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback to assist athletes in enhancing their performance. The use of empirically validated data allows for assessment and education to assist the athlete and/or coach to specify interventions and mental training.

Dr. Strickland has worked with hundreds of elite level athletes from: Major League Baseball, Track and Field, LPGA, PGA, and many others.

Dr. Strickland is a professional member and Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is also a member of the US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. His applied interest in working with athletes includes Biofeedback, management of Anxiety, and Performance Enhancement Strategies for Professional Athletes. He has presented research at both local and national conferences and has taught courses on Sport Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix.

Gershon Tenenbaum

Gershon Tenenbaum, PhD

AASP 2016 Coleman Griffith Keynote Lecturer

Gershon Tenenbaum is the Benjamin S. Bloom Professor of Educational and Sport Psychology and the Sport Psychology Graduate Program Director at Florida State University. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University and the University of Chicago in measurement and research methods in psychology. Gershon was previously the Director of the Ribstein Center for Research and Sport Medicine at the Wingate Institute in Israel, and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Sport Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. From 1997-2001 he was the President of the International Society of Sport Psychology, and from1996-2008 the Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals in psychology and sport psychology in areas of expertise and decision-making, psychometrics, and coping with physical effort experiences. Among others: The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, The British Journal of Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Frontiers in Psychology, PLOS One, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, and the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology).

Len Zaichkowski

Len Zaichkowsky, PhD

AASP Past-President, Sport & Performance Scientist and Consultant

AASP Past President and World Renowned Sports Psychologist

Education: BPE, University of Alberta (Canada); EdM, University of Oklahoma; PhD, University of Toledo

Dr. Zaichkowsky is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine. Currently, Len is a science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations.

Professor Zaichkowsky is a past-president and fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (1997-99), a former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health & Sport Science. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for two sport technology companies, CogniSens Athletics, and Fatigue Science. Dr. Zaichkowsky is also a partner and Co-founder of BioCam, LLC, an indoor sport tracking and analytics company, and Director of Sport Science for a startup sport technology company, GameSense.

He has authored or edited six books and over 100 scientific papers on performance psychology, biofeedback, sports medicine, and research design and made numerous scientific presentations to professional groups as well as providing expert commentary to media outlets world-wide.

His current research and consulting interests are in applying technology and science to human performance, better understanding the neural basis of human performance, and the development of “expert” performance in sport and other domains. He has consulted with the U. S., Canadian, and Australian Olympic Organizations, Duke University Department of Surgery, Stanford Surgery, and High Performance Center, U.S. Military and Special Operations, Boston University Terriers, the NBA (Boston Celtics), Major League Baseball Players Association, Boston Red Sox, NFL, NHL Players Association, New England Patriots, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Sydney (Australia) Swans, Field Hockey Canada, the Spanish World Cup Soccer Team, and Real Madrid soccer club.

Penny Werthner

Penny Werthner, PhD

Dean of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Sports Psychology Consultant to the COC

Dean of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Sports Psychology consultant to the Canadian Olympic Committee

Penny Werthner, PhD, is Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her research is in the area of life-long learning from a pedagogical perspective, particularly in the area of high performance coaches; women and sport; and the use of heart rate variability biofeedback and neurofeedback for optimal performance in high performance sport. She is a former Olympic athlete in Athletics and has worked with Canadian coaches and athletes over the span of eleven summer and winter Olympic Games, from the 1988 winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada to the more recent 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, UK, 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Caroline Calve

Caroline Calvé

2-time Canadian Olympian World Champion Alpine Snowboarder

Caroline Calvé is the veteran of the Canadian women’s alpine snowboard team who was initially fueled by the dream of competing at the Olympic Games. At Sochi 2014 she finished sixth in the parallel giant slalom (PGS) and 26th in the Olympic debut of the parallel slalom.

Caroline has been competing full time on the World Cup circuit since the 2005-06 season. After finishing 20th in the parallel giant slalom (PGS) in her Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010, Caroline had an international breakthrough in December 2011 when she won gold in the World Cup PGS event at Carezza, Italy. She was the first female Canadian alpine snowboarder to win a World Cup. She followed up with a silver medal at that same venue in December 2012. That was part of a career-best season for Caroline. She won her second World Cup event, parallel slalom in Moscow in February 2013, en route to finishing the 2012-13 season ranked third in the World Cup parallel standings.


Peak performance analytics provides teams with objective measures of athletes’ mental and physiological states, which is critical to athlete self-awareness, progress monitoring, and status reporting throughout all levels of the organization. Peak performance training provides athletes with anxiety response control, mental acuity, and fast recovery – all critical tools in top level athletic performance.

This educational seminar will be offered in three parts:

Hosted by Marc Saab, former Director of Peak Performance at Thought Technology, and featuring theoretical presentations, live demos, interactive hands-on demos with attendees, a product giveaway, and feature presentations from the USOC’s Lindsay Thornton PhD and Penny Werthner PhD, Dean of Kinesiology, University of Calgary and Sport Psychology consultant to the Canadian Olympic Committee, including highlights from Rio 2016 and other successful programs in Olympic sport.


Featuring a panel of high profile experts, including all of our distinguished guests. Attendees will have the chance to speak to peers and to a two-time Olympian and world champion athlete, who have used the technology to prepare for performance in pro and Olympic sport.


Hosted by sport psychophysiology pioneer Vietta “Sue” Wilson PhD and Frank Degregorio, Thought Technology’s Director of Training, and featuring Marc Strickland PhD of Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s and world champion snowboarder and two-time Canadian Olympian, Caroline Calvé. A practical program integration strategy of peak performance physiology training at the developmental and elite levels will be presented with Caroline connected live and demonstrating her skills.

Prize Giveaway

Participants get a chance of winning Thought Technology's latest finger worn physiology sensor with mobile app*
A high quality, portable HRV training solution!

$500 Value

*Mobile device is not included in prize


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1-514-489-8251 Ext:135

Travel Location

Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S Arizona Grand Parkway Phoenix, Arizona 85044