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Dr. John Sullivan

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Dr. John Sullivan is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist with over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience, including over sixteen years with the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) coordinating clinical care and sport science.  Dr. Sullivan also holds appointments within the English Premier League (EPL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the elite military in North America, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and is a visiting professor and sport scientist at the Queensland Academy of Sport and Queensland University of Technology, within the Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Sciences departments in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.


Dr. Sullivan is a national and international practitioner-researcher, who conducts central nervous system (CNS) measurement/assessment, performance optimization, testing, talent selection, recovery training, and concussion assessment/rehabilitation.  Dr. Sullivan has established expertise with psychophysiological profiling and developing cognitive abilities (e.g., decision making, complex reaction time and read-and-react abilities) of elite performers. 


Dr. Sullivan also serves as a Scientific Advisory member for eight sport technology companies providing support and oversight throughout the development process.  These include SMITH optics collaboration with InteraXon/MUSE, the LowDown Focus brain-sensing glasses with real-time feedback to develop attentional processes, energy management, central-driven rest/recovery, and emotion regulation.   


Dr. Sullivan is a frequent contributor to scientific and main stream media, regarding sports science and sports medicine.  He is also the co-author of a book entitled ‘The Brain Always Wins’, focused on the latest sport psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience in relation to optimal brain performance and health.

Dr. Sullivan will be presenting on "The Transdisciplinary Perspective of Flow and its Practical Implications within Human Performance".  He explains that the term “flow” can be understood as the perception of optimal experiences while fully engaging in an activity.  However, this psychological definition does not explain the underlying processes that can enhance all activities related to human performance: health, learning, creativity, motivation, adaption/growth, and recovery.  As such, this presentation will explore flow through the transdisciplinary lens referencing actionable steps related to learning, training, and recovery. 

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