CORY SHAFFER, PH.D., CMPC
Mental Performance Coach
My “why” began as a journey of self-discovery within sport psychology. I was interested in learning more about my personal experiences as an athlete. I wanted to know why I did the things I did and felt the way I felt during training and competition, and most importantly, how could I have been better with the proper mindset and mental skills training. As I gained this knowledge and self-awareness, I saw how my life improved as a result of taking control over my mindset, and I realized how many other athletes could benefit from sport psychology and mental skills training. Now, my mission is to help athletes and performers be at their best – on and off the field – by training a resilient, growth mindset so that they can achieve their goals and live a fulfilling life.
About Dr. Shaffer
Dr. Shaffer completed his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Florida State University (FSU). Prior to his doctoral training at FSU, he completed his B.S. in Human Development with a concentration in Social and Personality Development from Cornell University (2010) and his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University (2011) in Developmental Psychology. He is originally from Transfer, PA and joined the Synergy Performance team in 2015.
Dr. Shaffer has earned the status of Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CMPC #542) through his work counseling and consulting collegiate student athletes, including FSU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country, FSU Baseball, as well as collegiate football and basketball coaches and players. In 2014, Dr. Shaffer spent time working with Naval Special Warfare Group Four, based out of Virginia Beach, VA, delivering mental skills training to Navy Special Operators, training cadre, and support staff. He is proficient in utilizing biofeedback, among other technologies, to train athletes and performers how to control stress and manage muscle tension for peak performance.
With Synergy Performance, Dr. Shaffer’s spends time both at the Greenville office working with local junior and elite athletes, coaches, and teams and also providing sport psychology services to the Clemson University Athletic Department.
In his spare time, Dr. Shaffer enjoys working out, spending time with his fiance (Kim) and their two dogs (Mac and Zoey), and watching and attending sporting events.