Dr. Cassidy Preston
Lead Sport & Performance Psychology Consultant

Dr. Cassidy Preston is the founder of Consistent Elite Performance and is a full-time Sport & Performance Psychology Consultant that specializes in working with elite athletes, teams, and businesses. Cassidy has an extensive background in hockey as a former OHL & USPORT player.

Cassidy hails from North Bay, Ontario where he played minor hockey. In 2003 he was drafted in the 4th Round by the St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL. He went on to play 5 seasons of OHL/Jr. A Hockey between the St. Michael’s Majors/ St. Michael’s Buzzers. In 2006 he helped the Buzzers win the OPHJL championship. Before moving to University hockey he played professional hockey with the Muskegon Fury in the IHL in 2008. He finished his career with 5 years of CIS (now USPORT) varsity hockey between York University & the University of Toronto.

The approach Cassidy takes to consulting is informed by current sport psychology research and his extensive experiences in elite sport as an athlete, consultant, and coach. By combining current research with his experiences he is able to illustrate important concepts and ideas into effective strategies for his clients to apply. Furthermore, he is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of his clients and uses an autonomy-supportive approach to ensure his clients take ownership of their mental skills.

Education

  • Ph.D., York University, Sport & Performance Psychology
  • M.Sc., University of Toronto, Sport & Performance Psychology
  • B.Sc., York University, School of Kinesiology and Health Science
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Jimena Lopez, MA
High-Performance Coach

Jimena Lopez is a full-time Mental Performance Coach. In her practice, Jimena combines her athletic and academic experience to provide mental performance training to athletes of all ages, sports, levels, and backgrounds.
Sporting background:
At 9 years old,  Jimena started her career as a high-performance athlete in elite gymnastics. At 14 years old, she earned her position on Team Canada. She has battled injury and rehabilitation, the pressure of competing at a high level, and finally, retirement. Having experienced the athlete’s life cycle in its entirety has given Jimena the experiential knowledge she uses in her mental performance career.
Academics:
Jimena has a BA in kinesiology and psychology from Western University. She also has an MA in psychology with a specialization in health and social psychology from Maastricht University where she graduated with honours. She is currently being certified by the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) as a Mental Performance Consultant. This process has allowed Jimena to work with athletes from a variety of sports in an individual and group setting.
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Nicholas Santino, BSc
High-Performance Coach

Nicholas Santino is a second-year Masters of Science Candidate at York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. From his specialized psychology research program and Masters studies, Nicholas has gained a tremendous foundation of knowledge and appreciation for the human experience. His passion for psychology has cumulated to a commitment to studying and applying stoicism and positive psychology. This commitment has led Nicholas to conduct many research studies focusing on understanding how and why some people thrive and prosper while others do not. His admiration for evidence-based theories and frameworks has propelled Nicholas to produce studies revolving around mindfulness, grit (perseverance and passion), performance, quality participation, positive social relationships, and well-being.

Nicholas’s devotion to positive psychology is equal to his love of sport. Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area, with an older brother who had a great passion for hockey, led Nicholas to be fascinated with hockey and sport in general. Growing up playing competitive hockey and watching his brother excel through Junior A and NCAA hockey propelled Nicholas to combine his two greatest interests (psychology and sport) into a way of life.

Nicholas is devoted to mobilizing his knowledge of psychology to help athletes and all people live happy and fulfilling lives, reach their utmost potential, and achieve consistent elite performance.

Education:

  • B.Sc., Specialized Honours in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), York University
  • M.Sc. (Candidate), Kinesiology and Health Science, York University

Adam Carter, BCBA, MA
High-Performance Coach

Adam Carter is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Masters of Arts degree from Brock University with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. He grew up competing in hockey and soccer and continues to compete in tennis. His interests focus on the implementation of behaviour-change strategies to improve athletic performance in individuals and to help them reach their maximum potential.

Matt Comand, MA
High-Performance Coach

Matt Comand is an experienced High-Performance Coach working with elite athletes, coaches, teams, and executives. He is skilled in Athletic Development, Leadership Development, Mental Skills Training, and Team Cohesion. He has over 5 years of experience as a Sport Psychology Professor at Humber College. He is currently an assistant coach with the Aurora Tigers Junior A Hockey team. In 2013 he earned his Master of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver.
 
Matt is passionate about helping individuals and teams achieve their optimal potential and more thoroughly enjoy the process of achieving consistent excellence. He enjoys bringing people together to help solve specific problems and achieve team goals.

Dr. Meghan Harlow
High-Performance Coach

Dr. Meghan Harlow is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at York University, having recently completed her PhD at York with a focus on Positive Youth Development through sport. Previously, Meghan attained her Masters in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in their applied Consultation and Intervention in Sport Program, preceded by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Western University.

Meghan is a former National Level gymnast, born and raised in the Toronto area. She draws from her own unique experience in sport when relating to and working with youth athletes. Through teaching invaluable mental skills, Meghan hopes to optimize youth athletes’ performance and enjoyment in sport.

Meghan is also currently a part-time professor at Humber College, teaching applied Sport Psychology.

Sandy Mosher, MSc
Associate Coach

Sandy Mosher is a PhD Candidate studying at York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science.

Sandy’s research focuses on youth athlete development. Her current research aims at defining and measuring early specialization in young athletes. She is also involved as a research assistant helping the Academy of Student Athlete Development to better understand their athletes.

Sandy played competitive hockey and basketball before doing her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She comes from a successful sports family where her dad coached Volleyball at the Olympic, National and Varsity levels.