|Position:||Associate Athletics Director for Championship Performance|
|Alma Mater:||Bradley University|
Dr. Brent Walker, a leading educator and mental training consultant, joined the Columbia University athletics staff in July 2012 as its Associate Athletics Director for Championship Performance.
A certified and registered sport psychologist, Dr. Walker directs Columbia's Championship Performance Initiative, which is designed to help Columbia's 31 varsity teams and more than 700 student-athletes win individual and team championships. He is in charge of developing and providing mental training services for Columbia student-athletes.
In addition to his duties at Columbia, he also provides mental training services for athletes ranging from youth to the professional ranks. He brings a wealth of experience and a very diverse skill set that continues to make an immediate positive impact on the Columbia Athletics program. He also plays an integral role in elevating Columbia’s athletics program to the next level.
Previously, Dr. Walker served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies at Eastern Illinois University, where he served as the Graduate Coordinator/Assistant Chair and taught undergraduate and graduate courses such as Psychological Foundations of Coaching, Social Psychology and Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology.
Dr. Walker has provided mental training services for athletes ranging from youth to the professional ranks and has presented over 50 invited mental training seminars nationwide.
From 2000-10, Dr. Walker conducted sport psychology workshops at national licensing clinics for the Coaching Education Division of the United States Soccer Federation and served as the mental training consultant for the U.S. Soccer Paralympic soccer team before the Beijing Paralympic Games.
An Executive Board Member for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology since 2010, Dr. Walker has served as a conference abstract reviewer throughout the years. He also presented both his research and performance enhancement work at multiple AASP conferences.
Dr. Walker earned his doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He received his master's degree in exercise science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997 and his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1994 from Bradley University, where he was a two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball.