The MGH Sport Psychology mission is to promote healthy psychological functioning, character, and optimal athletic performance for athletes of all ages. The Sport Psychology program also provides guidance to parents, coaches, and administrators who support them.
Who We Are
Stephen Durant, Ed.D.
CO-DIRECTOR, PACES INSTITUTE
Dr. Durant is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he is a training supervisor in child psychiatry and a psychologist for Parents in Challenging Times (PACT), a program providing support and consultation for families struggling with cancer. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Durant has more than 25 years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as expertise in neuropsychologica assessment. A member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School, he has counseled adolescent and adult athletes throughout his career, provided leadership, training, and program development support to the Boys and Girls Club, and has given local talks and workshops to high school and club sport teams on performance enhancement and character development. He is an experienced athlete and coach, an avid rugby player, and father of four.
OFFICE: 617-724-6300/ x136-1406.
Richard D. Ginsburg, Ph.D.
CO-DIRECTOR, PACES INSTITUTE
Dr. Richard D. Ginsburg is the Co-Director of the MGH PACES Institute of Sport Psychology, Director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Group Psychotherapy program, Director of Psychological Services at the MGH Youth Concussion Clinic, and assistant clinical professor of the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. As a clinical psychologist and sport psychology consultant, Dr. Ginsburg offers a broad range of clinical services to children, adolescents and adults and conducts youth and professional sport research and is co-author of Whose Game Is It, Anyway, A guide to helping your child get the most from sports, organized by age and stage, Over the course of the fourteen years, Dr. Ginsburg has served as a sport psychology consultant for the Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Water Polo and Women’s Ice Hockey Teams as well as the U16 and 17 Women’s National Soccer Team (2007), the Boston Breakers (2010), and the NBA Players Association (2012). He currently works with the Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Team. He is a member of the US Lacrosse Safety and Science Committee. Dr. Ginsburg provides talks and consultations nationally to youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletic programs. He is an experienced athlete at the high school and college levels having played lacrosse and soccer at Kenyon College, where he won all-conference and all-Midwest honors. He is also a former independent school student, teacher and coach. For more information about his book, Whose Game Is It, Anyway, A guide to helping your child get the most from sports, organized by age and stage, visit www.whosegameisitanyway.com
Timothy Wilens, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, PACES INSTITUTE
Dr. Timothy Wilens is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, he is Director of Substance Abuse Services in the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Wilens' research interests include the relationship among attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and substance abuse, and the pharmacotherapy of ADHD and juvenile bipolar disorder across the lifespan. Dr. Wilens is named consistently among "The Best of Boston" in Child/Adult Psychiatry and "The Best Doctors in America."
Dr. Wilens is a consultant to the Substances of Abuse Program of the National Football League (ERM Associates) and a Senior Consultant to Minor and Major League Baseball.