Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement with Dr. Keith Kaufman, Clinical Sport Psychologist, Researcher & Author

Keith A. Kaufman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the mental training of athletes and others who wish to improve their health and performance. He has operated his own private practice since 2008, and currently has two office locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Dr. Kaufman is also a Research Associate at The Catholic University of America where he teaches undergraduate sport psychology, and co-developed the mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE) program.

His recently book, “Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement: Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches,” was the focus of this interview.

In this interview, Keith and Cindra talk about:

  • What is Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE)
  • The latest research on MSPE
  • The mental training paradox
  • The benefits of practicing mindfulness
  • Formal vs. informal practices of mindfulness
  • How to adopt MSPE to you and your team


Keith can be contacted through his websites: www.KeithKaufmanPhD.com and www.MindfulSportPerformance.org and Cindra on Twitter at @Mentally_Strong.



“Mindfulness is so powerful because it’s all about being open-minded and accepting of whatever is happening.”-Dr. Keith Kaufman 
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“What you put into it, you get out of it.” -Dr. Keith Kaufman
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“MSPE is something that becomes part of the fiber of the culture of the team” -Dr. Keith Kaufman
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“For me, mindfulness is a way of paying attention, a way of experiencing the world. It’s about being present focus, it’s about being non-judgmental and it’s about being very intentional with how you’re focused.” -Dr. Keith Kaufman
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“There are so many different understandings of mindfulness. What do you do to regularly train your mind?”-Dr. Keith Kaufman
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