A.J. Heritage, PhD

    A.J. Heritage, PhD

    A.J. works with high-school, college, and professional athletes for a range of issues including performance anxiety, injury recovery, and performance improvement. He is specially trained in Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE), an empirically supported program to help athletes improve their sport performance while also enjoying their sport experiences. Call to ask about his MSPE group!

    A.J. also helps kids and young adults ages 5 – 25, and their families, develop new skills and strategies to effectively deal with ADHD, behavior problems, depression, anxiety, and adjusting to new situations like moving, going to a new school, or transitioning to college.

    A.J. provides testing for children and adolescents from 6 years old through college, including the evaluation of cognitive and intellectual abilities (IQ), academic achievement testing and learning differences, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A.J. is also trained to administer the ADOS-2 assessment, which is the empirically-supported “gold standard” evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    EXPERIENCE:

    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University
    • Predoctoral internship with the Vanderbilt-VA Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology
    • Internship rotation with Dr. Vickie Woosley at Vanderbilt Athletics
    • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD Trainee in Developmental Disabilities
    • Certified Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement instructor
    • Member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
    • Adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt & Lipscomb Universities
    • Certified Level 4 USA Hockey Coach
    Life Goals

    Life Goals

    • To visit every National Park in the US
    • To climb every ‘14er’ in the state of Colorado (where he grew up)
    • To go fly fishing for King Salmon in Alaska

    Favorite Movie/TV Shows

    Favorite Movie/TV Shows

    • Parks & Recreation
    • The Office
    • Criminal Minds
    • Happy Gilmore

    Favorite Activities

    Favorite Activities

    • Playing & Watching Hockey
    • Rock Climbing
    • Camping, Hiking & fly fishing
    • Learning to play guitar