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 & PRO 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.
- 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
Nicholas Santino, BSc
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.
- B.Sc., Specialized Honours in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), York University
- M.Sc. (Candidate), Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
Jimena Lopez, MA
Adam Carter, BCBA, MA
Adam’s desire to pursue these research areas and his love for sport has cultivated in his passion to be a mental-performance coach. Through growing up in a competitive sports environment, including playing competitive team sports (hockey, soccer) and individual sports (boxing, tennis), he has as a rich history in both helping himself and others through mental struggles. His biggest passion as a coach is to help unlock the full potential of an athlete – which is so often hindered by a lack of mental skills. He believes in the devotion to practicing mental skills just as much as one would practice physical skills.
- B.A., Honours in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour and Economics, McMaster University
- M.A., specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Brock
Taylor Staden, BA
Taylor Staden earned his undergraduate degree in Sport Psychology from Laurentian University. A lifelong athlete, Taylor had always been passionate about health and wellness, playing hockey both competitively and recreationally growing up, alongside other sports such as basketball, baseball and soccer. This passion had eventually led Taylor to pursue a career in mental performance consulting.
Taylor runs a podcast called “Mental Dive” in which he interviews athletes, consultants and others involved in sport about the ‘mental side’ of competition. Taylor has interviewed individuals from leagues such as the NHL, MLB and OHL, as well as those who have competed at the national stage.
Taylor has acquired consulting experience by working with both ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ minor hockey teams in both group and 1-on-1 settings. Taylor also has experience conducting workshops with youth basketball athletes from the ages of 6-18, diversifying his skillset. Presently, Taylor is working towards his professional accreditation with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA).
- B.A., Laurentian University, Sport Psychology
Matt Comand, MA
Dr. Meghan Harlow
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
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.