Kirsten Peterson has worked in the domain of elite Olympic and Paralympic sport for the past 22 years. She is licensed/registered as a psychologist in the US and Australia, and has further subspecialty certifications in sport and performance psychology. She began her career with the US Olympic Committee as a senior sport psychologist in a role that included direct service with numerous sports and staff sport psychologist roles at 6 Olympic Games.
From there, she went to the Australian Institute of Sport where she worked as the head of the AIS Performance Psychology team. In this role, she managed a staff of 8 psychologists, supervised PhD scholars, provided direct services, and crafted and delivered a national sport psychology service delivery strategy. Her specific research and application interests include mental skills for elite performance, resilience, neurofeedback and neuroscience applications in sport, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.