KATIE NICHOLS, PH.D.
Mental Performance Coach
Working with people brings me energy. I am passionate about helping others thrive in their own lives and work towards their goals. Seeing people develop their strengths, interests, and sense of purpose in order to overcome obstacles and be successful in life is why I do what I do.
Dr. Nichols completed her Ph.D. in Sport Psychology Performance at the University of Missouri. Prior to her doctorate training, she earned Bachelors’ degrees in Sport Science and Psychology from the University of Kansas and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Career and Sport Psychology from the University of Missouri. She is originally from Dallas, Texas and joined the Synergy Performance team in 2018.
During her doctoral work, Dr. Nichols was a mental performance coach for several Mizzou Athletics teams, including gymnastics and tennis. In 2017 she was awarded the Doctoral Student Practice Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, which recognizes outstanding or innovative service delivery in sport psychology by a doctoral student member of AASP. While pursuing her Master’s degree, Dr. Nichols worked as a graduate assistant with Mizzou Athletics in Student-Athlete Development. She also assisted in the creation of the first ever online Master’s degree program in Positive Coaching. Most recently, Dr. Nichols served as a program coordinator in Student-Welfare and Development for Notre Dame Athletics. She assisted student-athletes and coaches with leadership development, collaborated with student-athletes on community outreach programming, and advised the Notre Dame Christian Athletes group. While in South Bend, Dr. Nichols served as a mental performance coach for upper level competitive gymnasts with a club gymnastics team
With Synergy Performance, Dr. Nichols spends time at both the Greenville office and providing sport psychology services to the Clemson Athletics Department.
Outside of the office, Dr. Nichols enjoys staying active, spending time with her husband, their Basset Hound, Palmer, and exploring local restaurants and sites.
Greenville ENT Associates
"Our surgical group was in need of help with physician burnout, stress, and resulting poor communication. Dr. Brannon put together a relaxed but extremely effective session..."
Steadman Hawkins Clinic
"...He is our primary resource for psychological issues in our athletic population, and certainly one of the leading experts in the region."
"...We have great trust in Dr. Brannon and value the contributions he has made to our athletic department."
Coach Dabo Swinney
"I highly recommend Milt and his group if you are looking for that extra edge in your performance or need help in dealing with a curve ball in life."
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