Center for Performance Psychology




Our Experts

Dr. Sarah Castillo
Lead faculty, Sport Psychology program, National University

Dr. Sarah Castillo's areas of expertise: Sport psychology, the mental approach to sports.

Dr. Sarah Castillo, an AASP-certified sport psychology consultant, is the lead faculty and program director for National University’s Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology.

Prior to coming to National University, Dr. Castillo spent nine years as a sport psychology consultant at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During her time with the Army, Dr. Castillo 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.

Click here to listen to Dr. Castillo's interview with NFL Veteran, Isaac Byrd.

Dr. Doug Barba
Lead Faculty, Performance Psychology National University


Dr. Doug Barba's areas of expertise: Sport and exercise psychology.

Dr. Douglas Barba is a sport psychologist and associate faculty member in the Department of Psychology in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University. He holds a doctoral degree in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the School of Human Behavior at United States International University.

Previously, Dr. Barba served 12 years as an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University lecturing in the School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences as well as serving as a sport psychologist for a number of the university’s intercollegiate athletic teams. Dr. Barba has consulted with a wide range of athletes from both the amateur and professional ranks. Prior to his collegiate academic career he played professional baseball. He has coached at several levels of competition, including college baseball and golf. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Barba served as a sport psychology consultant for the Gators’ athletic department. Dr. Barba’s academic interests include motivation, mediating factors affecting performance, and youth sport participation and health.

Click here to listen to Dr. Barba's interview with NFL Veteran, Isaac Byrd.


Center for Performance Psychology is an affiliate of the National University System.