Frank L. Smoll, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology University of Washington

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Frank L. Smoll, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
University of Washington

Frank Smoll is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Ripon College (Wisconsin) and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. As an undergraduate, he played on championship basketball and baseball teams, and he is a member of Ripon’s Athletic Hall of Fame. When Dr. Smoll was a University of Washington faculty member, he taught courses in sport psychology, and he served as Graduate Program Coordinator, Human Subjects Coordinator, and Co-Director of the Sport Psychology graduate training program. From 1993-1999, he co-directed (with Ronald Smith) a psychological skills training program for UW athletes (Husky Sport Psychology Services).

Dr. Smoll’s research focused on coaching behaviors in youth sports and on the psychological effects of competition on children and adolescents. He has published more than 145 scientific articles and book chapters, and he is co-author of 22 books and manuals on children's athletics. Professor Smoll has made over 150 presentations at scientific/professional conferences and invited colloquia.

Dr. Smoll’s professional honors include election to fellow status in the following organizations: American Psychological Association, American Academy of Kinesiology, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). In 2002, he was the recipient of AASP’s Distinguished Professional Practice Award, which was bestowed for “demonstrating exceptional quality and innovation in delivering sport psychology services to the public.” Dr. Smoll was also named a Sports Ethics Fellow for 2008 by the Institute for International Sports, which honored him as a “pioneer in researching ways to improve youth sports.”

Ronald E. Smith, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology University of Washington

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Dr. Smith’s major interests include research methods in clinical psychology, personality assessment and research, stress and coping, and sports psychology research and intervention. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and he has authored or co-authored 34 books and manuals.

Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a past president of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He has directed performance enhancement programs for several professional baseball organizations, and his research team has developed widely used sports psychology measurement tools.  

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Ronald E. Smith, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
University of Washington

Ronald Smith is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Washington. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He completed his advanced clinical training at the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Center for the Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. He has held a faculty position at Purdue University and visiting scholar appointments at Marquette University, UCLA, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Hawaii.

Ricardo Contreras, MBA, MS

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Director of Operations
Youth Enrichment in Sports, LLC

Ricardo, MBA, MS is a choice architecture and behavior change consultant who has worked with companies such as SunRun, Bancolombia, and Mastercard in Africa, North and South America, and Oceania. He is also a lifelong futbol player and a huge Chivas de Guadalajara fan. 


Ricardo double-majored in psychology and business at the University of San Diego, earned an MBA from Boston College, and attended Barcelona’s ESADE graduate business program. After working for a Boston start-up during the dot-com era, Ricardo returned to California, where he became immersed in the effort to prevent domestic violence. He founded a leading behavioral health company in Arizona in 2004 and has acquired thousands of hours of bilingual teaching experience in math, psychology, statistics, domestic violence offender treatment, and anger management.


While earning an MS at the University of Washington, he was a researcher and manager of the Greenwald social psychology laboratory, where he focused on implicit and unconscious cognition and the mechanics of the Implicit Association Test.

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Ricardo Contreras, MBA, MS