Rick Aberman, Ph.D

Affiliation: Minnesota Twins

Website: www.RickAberman.com


Rick Aberman, Ph.D., has an innovative approach that draws connections between the worlds of psychology, sports, and business performance. Dr. Aberman helps individuals and teams develop leadership skills and achieve optimal performance. He works primarily with athletes, coaches and teams at the collegiate and professional levels. He also works with business executives and senior management teams, families of wealth, as well as musicians, and journalists.
After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Aberman became one of the first psychologists in the country to be hired as a member of a sports medicine staff.  He initiated a program designed to specifically meet the needs of highly competitive student-athletes, coaches, and administrators at the University of Wisconsin.  His work was featured in the book “From Red Ink to Roses”; written by Sports Illustrated senior writer Rick Telander.
Currently Dr. Aberman is on the medical staff of the Minnesota Twins and serves as the Director of Peak Performance.  In addition he is on the coaching staff of the University of Minnesota Football team as well as Baseball and Tennis. He utilizes the latest thinking in neuroscience and psychology in a user friendly manner.
Dr. Aberman is a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Individuals and Organizations. His research based contributions of integrating Emotional Intelligence with corporations and sports organizations stand as ‘the model’ of the field.

In the early 90’s he was hired by American Express to design a high performance program for leaders.  Dr. Aberman became an architect of what was then the first comprehensive applied training program in emotional intelligence. The results of this highly studied and successful program led to huge increases in retention and revenue.  To this day the program serves as a gold standard model.

Dr. Aberman continues to design and provide training in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development. He also employs these concepts in the area of talent and team development, recruitment and assessment for sports and business organizations.

Through his early research, Dr. Aberman is recognized as an expert in the area of family business dynamics and consults regularly with family-run corporations. He has been a member of the Family Firm Institute since its inception and has served on its board of directors.

His book concerning coaching and effective leadership is called Why Good Coaches Quit”: How to Deal with the Other Stuff. Dr. Aberman often appears on TV, Radio, and other media platforms for his perspectives on sustained optimal performance.

He was a founder in the leadership consulting firm the Lennick Aberman Group. Today he is a regular consultant to several professional sports teams. He also maintains a private practice in sports psychotherapy, and works as a corporate consultant and executive coach.

Dr. Aberman resides in Minneapolis, MN









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