Dr. Julie Amato

Dr. Julie Amato is a Sports Psychologist who is passionate about improving the emotional health of athletes to help them reach their full potential.  She is motivated to help athletes understand how the mind works in order to overcome mental barriers, increase confidence, and gain a competitive edge.   Dr. Amato also enjoys educating coaches about how to promote confidence, enhance leadership abilities, and foster team cohesiveness in order to maximize the performance potential of their athletes.

Dr. Amato shares the Mind of the Athlete philosophy that a clearer mind leads to better performance.  As a result, her goal is to help athletes minimize mental distractions while equipping them with psychological skills to experience better performance.  Dr. Amato’s communication style is straightforward, genuine, and positive. She is influenced by literature and techniques in peak performance, interpersonal psychology, and psychodynamic theory. She is licensed as a psychologist in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brown University in 1999 and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2005, Dr. Amato is well educated in the field of psychology. She completed her doctoral internship training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. Dr. Amato went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Law and Psychiatry Program.

Dr. Amato has extensive experience practicing psychology. Most recently, she worked as a psychologist at Lehigh University, where she had the opportunity to work closely with athletes and coaches as a counselor and consultant.  She has served as an independent contractor with Mind of the Athlete since 2014. A niche area of expertise is also forensic psychology. In this specialty, she conducts extensive consultations and collaborates with medical, legal, and mental health professionals on issues such as competency to stand trial, violence risk assessment, and diagnosis of mental disorders. 

Relating to an athlete’s experiences is Dr. Amato’s forte.  She was a record setting point guard for the women’s basketball team at Brown University. As a high school athlete, she lettered in four sports: basketball, tennis, track and field, and softball.  She was featured on ESPN’s Scholastic Sports America in 1994. She was an all-state athlete in PA, holds multiple school records, captained many teams to championship seasons, and is in several athletic halls of fame.   Dr. Amato understands the high performance mindset of athletes.

Contact Dr. Julie Amato directly via email at drjulie@mindoftheathlete.com or phone at 610.867.7770.

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