I’m Marcel Yoder, PhD, CMPC, the owner of Mental Training for Sport Performance. I am passionate about helping performers reach their potential. I am an associate professor of Exercise Science at the University of Illinois – Springfield where I serve as the Faculty Athletics Representative. I have worked with hundreds of performers from junior high age through adult, from scholarship university athletes to weekend warriors. I can help you if you are looking to achieve optimal performance.
I am the primary provider of mental skills training for the University of Illinois – Springfield athletic teams. I am a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) administered by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the premier International organization ”focused on human performance, holistic well-being, and social functioning through education, research & practice, certification and service to the profession of sport psychology.” I have been interviewed on local radio for my mental training work.
I was a student-athlete participating in football, basketball, and track. I am currently an avid runner and exerciser. I have run in several marathons, including the Chicago marathon where I ran for the American Diabetes Association’s team. As a current performer, I am keenly aware of the many emotions associated with performance. Performers know the pride of a job well done, the disappointment of a job not so well done, the stress from feeling stretched too thin, and the pain and disappointment from injury. I am also aware that mental training can help lead to the best outcome for any situation.
BA – Goshen College: Psychology (1992)
MA – Ball State University: Psychology (1995)
PhD – University of Louisville: Experimental Psychology (1999)
Association of Applied Sport Psychology
Association for Psychological Science
Midwestern Psychological Association