LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell Director of Athletics & Recreation John Hardt has announced the expanded partnership with Dr. Dave Yukelson P’05 to provide sports and personal excellence psychology services for Bison Athletics.
A familiar face to Bucknell coaches and staff, Dr. Yukelson has previously conducted multiple workshops for the department in the areas of mental training and performance. A past president of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP), Dr. Yukelson recently retired from Penn State after serving 29 years as Sport Psychologist for the Nittany Lions.
In his role with the Bison, Dr. Yukelson will work closely with Bucknell student-athletes, coaches and staff and be charged with providing counseling and support for coaches and student-athletes in the areas of mental skills and resilience training, motivation and goal setting, leadership development, synergistic team functioning, and stress management, along with helping coaches and student-athletes balance multiple demands and needs effectively.
Dr. Yukelson will be a valuable member of the Department’s Student-Athlete Development team comprised of the sports medicine, athletic training, strength & conditioning, sports nutrition, academic enhancement, student-athlete welfare and leadership development personnel. He will have weekly office hours within the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center and will be available for one-on-one meetings with individual student-athletes, consultations with coaches, and team sessions.
“In my brief introductory time at Bucknell so far, everyone has made me feel so welcome and invigorated,” said Dr. Yukelson. “I am happy and proud to be associated with Bucknell Athletics. My role here is to help student-athletes navigate the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance, and those skills then translate into life skills. I’m here to help nurture growth and development on and off the field. I am also excited to work with the Bucknell coaches as they strive to cultivate positive team culture and develop the synergy of how a team works collectively. Bucknell’s approach to athletics and the concept of the scholar-athlete is second to none, and I am excited to become a sounding board and an advocate for these high-achieving, goal-oriented student-athletes and coaches.”
“We are pleased to enhance our relationship with Dr. Yukelson and establish a more focused resource in this important area for our student-athletes and coaches,” said Hardt. “Dave is very familiar with Bucknell and the demands and experiences associated with the rigors of Division 1 athletics. He also brings a substantial amount of experience and compassion in assisting student-athletes and coaches in achieving their performance goals.”
Dr. Yukelson obtained a B.A. degree from the University of California at San Diego (Social Psychology) in 1976; M.S. degree from Florida State University (Movement Science with specialization in Motor Learning and Sport Psychology) in 1979, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas (Higher Education with specialization in Sport Psychology) in 1982.
In addition to serving as sports psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Houston (four years) and Penn State (29 years), Dr. Yukelson has served on the advisory board for USA Football, is a member of both the USOC Sport Psychology Registry and USA Track and Field Sport Psychology Registry, and has traveled internationally with various USA Track and Field teams.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Dr. Yukelson and his wife Marla are the parents of three children: Joshua, Drew and Bucknell 2005 graduate Adam.