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.
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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 and a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. 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. Over the course of the past 10 years, Dr. Ginsburg has served as a sports 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). He is also a member of the US Lacrosse Safety and Science Committee. Dr. Ginsburg provides talks and consultations nationally to youth, high school, and collegiate 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.
Bruce Masek, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, PACES INSTITUTE
Dr. Masek is director of Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at MGH. He is an
associate professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School. He is a
leading researcher and clinician in behavioral medicine, with a particular specialty in pain management and stress-related disorders. Dr. Masek has a long history
of treating and working with athletes, is an athlete himself, has coached in youth basketball programs for eight years, and is the father of two boys.
Nicole Danforth , M.D.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, PACES INSTITUTE
Dr. Danforth is a psychiatrist and Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in adult as well as child & adolescent psychiatry. She is a former touring golf professional with experience on tours in the U.S. and Asia, and she played in two U.S. Open Championships. She was a four-time Academic All-American in women’s golf at Amherst College. She is a former high school state swimming champion and Junior Olympian, and as a young person was the first girl to compete in a statewide boys’ baseball league. She has worked as a coach and mentor for several athletes, and is a parent as well. As Medical Director of the MGH Sports Psychology Program she has consulted to high school and collegiate athletic programs, and works with individual athletes, teams, coaches, and parents in several sports including golf, ski racing, swimming, basketball, soccer, and triathlons. Her clinical interests include performance enhancement, anxiety management, athletes with ADHD, and eating disorders.
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