Learning to Be Present Focused with Brett Haskell, Director of Sport Psychology, University of Nebraska

Dr. Brett Haskell, Ph.D., was promoted to Director of Sports Psychology in July of 2018.

In her role, Dr. Haskell provides counseling, psychological services, mental skills training, teambuilding and leadership development services for each of Nebraska’s 24 sports and more than 600 Husker student-athletes. Haskell works closely with student-athletes to help them develop skills and techniques that enhance personal well-being, address mental health concerns and optimize performance. She also works with coaches to provide team interventions that build student-athlete resilience and grow mental resolve.

Dr. Haskell came to Nebraska in September of 2014 after serving as a counseling and sport psychology postdoctoral counselor at Kansas. Along with obtaining her doctoral degree from Kansas in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Haskell provided counseling and performance enhancement training to Jayhawk student-athletes for five years.

Dr. Haskell earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nebraska-Kearney in 2005 and her master’s degree in sport psychology from North Carolina-Greensboro in 2008. While at UNK, she was a member of the Loper volleyball team. Dr. Haskell resides in Lincoln with her husband, Brian, son Ezra and daughter Parker.

In this interview, Brett and Cindra talk about:

  • Why we should “live deep” in our lives
  • 4 levels of living deeply
  • The continuum of mental health
  • How understand neuroscience can help create a culture of thriving (training the 3rd branch of our nervous system – the social engagement system
  • How she worked with Nebraska Volleyball to create a culture of respect where they are calm and focused on a team
  • What it looks like when teams create an unsafe team environment

You can find more information about living deeply by emailing Brett at bhaskell@huskers.com and you can find Cindra on Twitter at @Mentally_Strong.



“Courage is being brave even when you are a little scared.” Brett Haskell
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“See it as is. Don’t create more stress and strain for yourself.” Brett Haskell”
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“On giving tough feedback: “If someone had to tell you the same thing, how would you want to hear it?” Brett Haskell 
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“As a team, are you creating a culture of respect and the behaviors that show that culture?” Brett Haskell 
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“What scares us is what we need to pursue.” Brett Haskell
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