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Hillary Cauthen


Dr. Hillary Cauthen is a clinical sport psychologist based in Austin TX. Hillary was a division 1 college track athlete, before embarking on a career focusing on the mental health and mental performance dimensions of high performers. She studied and competed at the University of New Hampshire, and Miami, Ohio, before completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, in Los Angeles. Dr. Cauthen is a Co-Founder of Texas Optimal Performance & Psychological Services. Formerly served as the Director of Organizational Wellness & Performance for Austin FC and the performance psychologist for the San Antonio Spurs, where she developed their mental performance and wellness programs. Dr. Cauthen has developed an analytics company that helps predict the behavioral risk factors in players for teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and Premier League. Her work with high performance is breaking down stigma across communities which will be highlighted in her upcoming book, "Hello Trauma, Our Invisible Teammate." 


Hillary's education began with a focus in sport psychology. Through her studies, she realized the magnitude sport had on one's personal growth and mental wellness. Understanding the psychological aspect of sport, she began to blend the fields of clinical & sport psychology. She has 15 + years of experience applying mental skills training to individuals, teams, & professional organizations. Hillary’s applied work specializes in clinical sport psychology services and her research focuses on mental wellness within athletes and performing artists. Hillary is a Licensed Psychologist, Texas, Certified Mental Performance Consultant, & listed in the USOPC Sport Psychology Registry.


Hillary is actively involved in the field of sport psychology and serves on numerous leadership committees for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, as well as, APA Div47. She served on the Ethics Committee, CMPC Task Force, elected Secretary-Treasurer, and Chair of the Mental Health SIG. She also served as the Membership Chair for APA Division 47.


Hillary earned a Psy.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, LA. Prior, she earned a M.S. in Kinesiology Sport Studies, Sport Behavior & Performance from Miami University, a B.S. in Kinesiology Sport Studies, and B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

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