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Dr. Scott Barnicle completed his B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University, during which he studied abroad and played soccer at the collegiate level in Rome. He then went on to gain his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, where he specialized in child and adolescent psychology. After taking sport and performance psychology courses at Boston University as part of the Boston consortium, he decided to pursue the field, which lead him to complete his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Idaho. While there, he worked extensively within the athletic department in an applied sport psychology role, primarily with the golf, soccer, swimming and tennis teams. While at Idaho, Barnicle was the Women's Golf assistant coach for three years and completed his dissertation on the effects of an enjoyment-focused applied sport psychology training program within Division 1 Women's Soccer, the first of its kind.
In 2012, Barnicle was hired by the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program to work as a performance enhancement specialist for the United States Army at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. While with CSF2, Barnicle specialized in training basic training soldiers and drill sergeants in applied sport and exercise psychology principles, both in the classroom and in the field. While in South Carolina, he also served as the Women's Golf volunteer coach for the University of South Carolina.