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Dr. Sarah Castillo

Dr. Sarah Castillo
Associate Professor
National University
(760) 268-1584

Dr. Sarah Castillo is the Lead Faculty for National University’s BA in Sport Psychology program and the Co-Director of the Center for Performance Psychology. Sarah is a Southern California native, completing her BA in Psychology at UCLA, and her MA in Kinesiology from Cal State Long Beach. She finished her education at the University of Idaho, earning a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.

Sarah’s passion is working with individuals and teams in their search for peak performance in any area of life. Prior to coming to National, Sarah spent 9 years as a Performance Enhancement Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During her time with Army, Sarah worked extensively with over 15 intercollegiate, intramural, and club athletic teams including Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Football, Women’s Rugby, Combat Weapons, Wrestling, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, Men’s Gymnastics, and Track and Field. She also had the unique opportunity to help West Point cadets apply sport psychology skills to their academic pursuits and future careers as Army Officers, and has played an important role in extending the program components at West Point to the Army at large. During the last 6 years, Sarah has extended her consulting practice to both competitive golfers and volleyball players.

Dr. Castillo’s research interest include the application of theoretically sound performance enhancement strategies with high performing individuals, groups, and teams. The development and implementation of comprehensive interventions within an in-tact system or organization, and the assessment of such interventions, is of particular interest. In addition, she devotes significant attention to the methodological and ethical issues in the training and supervision of future sport, exercise, and performance psychology practitioners.

Dr. Castillo is the managing editor for the online Journal of Performance Psychology, and is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.


Ph.D. Education
University of Idaho