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Dr. Nicole Gabana is an Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, as well as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).
Dr. Gabana’s research interests center on athlete mental health and well-being, specifically the integration of positive psychology and sport (e.g., gratitude, spirituality, resilience). Her recent work focuses on the implementation and impact of gratitude interventions in performance settings. Dr. Gabana has been published in academic journals including Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, Psychotherapy Research, Personality & Individual Differences, Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Neuroimage. She has also co-authored book chapters on bullying among athletes and multiculturalism in sport psychology practice.
In her position as an Assistant Professor at FSU, Dr. Gabana teaches courses in sport psychology, mental health and performance, and supervises graduate students completing their practicum in applied sport psychology. She is currently a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and American Psychological Association (APA), including Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology).
Dr. Gabana received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.S. from Springfield College, where she worked as an athletic counselor for Division I-III collegiate teams, high school, and youth sport. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, where she was an Associate Instructor of Sport Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Human Development Opportunities for College Students. She also served as a counselor and consultant to the IU Athletic Department from 2013-2016. Prior to her arrival at FSU, Dr. Gabana completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service, where she provided counseling services to OSU students and served as a liaison to Ohio State Athletics.