Nicole Detling


Dr. Nicole Detling received her BA in psychology and sports science from Ohio Wesleyan University, her MS in sport psychology from Ithaca College, and her PhD in sport psychology at the University of Utah. She also completed a sport psychology internship in the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic. Nicole has been consulting with athletes and performers since 1998. Athletes, teams, and coaches of all ages, ability levels, and sports have sought Nicole’s services. She has also worked with performing artists.

Nicole regularly travels the world giving talks and trainings on mental toughness to athletes, coaches, at professional conferences, and businesses. She is currently the owner of HeadStrong Consulting, LLC, a sport psychology company focusing on performance enhancement through mental skills training, as well as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at the University of Utah.

Nicole has co-authored book chapters as well as professional journal publications and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences (IJKSS). She is a member and a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). She has appeared on The Colbert Report, NBC, and several local news stations and has been heard on NPR, podcasts, and local radio stations. She has also been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles, both print and online.

Nicole served at the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services as well as a provider (mental skills coach) with US Speed Skating from 2008-2013 and is currently one of the sport psychology consultants / mental skills coaches with the US Ski and Snowboard Association (Freestyle Aerials, Freeskiing, and Snowboarding) and USA Nordic. She also works with the US Para-Archery team, Skullcandy, and several individual athletes from the youth through elite levels. In addition to working with several Olympians, she has worked with professional athletes in the PGA, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, and NHL as well as professional cyclists. Also, Nicole is currently contracted with the University of Utah Athletics Department to provide sport psychology services to all U of U athletes.

Her Olympic experience includes being a fully-credentialed member of Team USA with the US Short Track team in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games where all 10 skaters on the team came home with at least one Olympic medal. With his three Olympic medals at those Games, Apolo Anton Ohno became the most decorated winter Olympian, while Katherine Reutter won the first individual short track medal for a female USA skater since 1994. She was also honored to be part of Team USA in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games as a fully-credentialed sport psychology consultant with the US Freestyle Aerials Ski Team.

In her free time, Nicole is working on a book with her signature tagline as the title. She enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, cycling, and skiing. Nicole resides in Salt Lake City with her two sons, Logan and Elias.