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Dr. Doug Jowdy

As a psychologist, I help people from all walks of life change in ways they never imagined. You will find the adventure to be challenging, yet quite enjoyable. I look forward to joining you on your journey!

Doug playing goalie for Tops Market
at the age of 11.

Current Work

Private practice in Boulder and Denver where Dr. Jowdy specializes in sport psychology, mental/physical health conditions, and personal and spiritual growth. In his practice he sees both athletes and non-athletes between the ages of 9 and 65.


Dr. Doug Jowdy has a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado Hospital Denver School of Medicine. He receives referrals from the orthopedic surgeons both athletes and non-athletes with physical injury to treat the "emotional injury". He consults with intercollegiate and high school athletic departments, as well as with business and industry. He also receives referrals from the U.S. Olympic Committee and is a consultant with the U.S. Paralympic Committee to treat mental health issues.


Dr. Jowdy also consults with Lorraine Moeller, winner of the bronze medal in the 1992 Olympic Games in the marathon, educating coaches in the Lydiard Method of training.


Writing has become a recent passion. Some of his writing will be published and available on this website sometime before the end of the year. In the 33 years Dr. Jowdy has been involved in the area of helping people change, he can honestly say he has never wanted to not go to “work.” Work being something he calls his life’s adventure.


Stanford University Medical School
Postdoctoral Training

Denver Health Medical Center

Clinical Internship

Virginia Commonwealth University

M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology


U.S. Olympic Committee

Research Assistantship

Pennsylvania State University
M.S. in Exercise Science

State University of New York at Cortland

B.S. in both Psychology and Exercise Science

Dr. Jowdy also draws upon his education completed through the University of Life where he continues to be a full-time student.

Past Work Experience

Dr. Jowdy has worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee on two separate occasions. In 1989, he completed a research assistantship under the guidance of Shane Murphy, Ph.D., the first psychologist hired by the U.S. Olympic committee. A decade later, he served as the team psychologist for U.S. Speed Skating and helped both the long and short track teams prepare for the Olympics. As a result of his working closely with Apolo Anton Ohno, 8x Olympic Medal Winner, he is featured in Apolo’s autobiography, Zero Regrets. Apolo has also written about Doug in his book, Hard Pivot: Embrace Change. Find Purpose. Show Up Fully. published in 2022.


While at Denver Health Medical Center he served as co-director of an intensive outpatient program that focused on the treatment of people with a dual diagnosis – an addiction to drugs/alcohol and a mental illness, i.e. depression, anxiety. And he served as the Department Head of the Exercise/Sport Psychology program at Argosy University/Phoenix for a short time before having to go on medical leave. Dr. Jowdy's struggle with his own mental health issues resulted in him being on medical disability and unable to work for two years.


In the area of sport, he was the assistant coach of Penn State’s Men’s Ice Hockey Team and coached tennis at the high school level. A highlight in 2012 was serving as assistant coach for a 9-year old girls basketball team whose name was Moon Star.

Professional Experience

Dr. Jowdy has presented at national conferences, for example, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, American Psychological Association, International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, Alliance of Social Workers in Sports, USA Climbing and The Big Sky Sport Psychology Retreat. He has published book chapters in Advances in Sport Psychology and Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology along with having scientific research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. In the past, he has been a volunteer for the Parent Engagement Network.

Doug is the author of the book, The Gold Medal Mind: Becoming a Psychologically Skilled Athlete and its companion workbook, The Goal Medal Mind Workbook: Training as Hard Psychologically as You Do Physically. Along with a short story entitled, The Horse and The Man: A Short Story, that is based upon a personal experience. These were all published in 2021 and available on Amazon. See this website for more information –

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"Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."

J.K. Rowling

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