BA, M.Sc.

Instructor, Human Kinetics
Faculty of Global and Community Studies
School of Human Kinetics

604.986.1911 ext. 3702
Fir Building, room FR517B
dperry@capilanou.ca

Education

M.Sc., Human Movement and Performance, Western Washington University.

BA, Psychology, University of the Fraser Valley.

"I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. - Growth Mindset"

Bio

Donna Perry (M.Sc., Western Washington University) is a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC), a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), the founder of Donna Perry Consulting and has been a professor at Capilano University for 16 years in the School of Human Kinetics.

Her main teaching and research areas are sport psychology, cognitive behavioral interventions in sport and life, active living for health and wellness and motor learning and control. Perry has certified over 150 students as Certified Personal Trainers through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

She has worked with students and elite to professional athletes providing guidance to acquire the physical, social and mental skills necessary for performance excellence, sport, leisure, health and life pursuits. Perry is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) taking an eco-therapy approach to counselling working with athletes in their natural settings.

Perry works with individuals and teams using the sport psychology process as a means to guide athletes along their path. Her approach to mental training is multi-modal and involves assessing the clients' internal thought process and their training environment and choosing the most appropriate psychological strategies to aid in empowering them on their journey through sport and life.

Her lifelong goal and passion is to help others realize their own potential and to tap into the power of our mind for increasing performance and quality of life. As an instructor she looks forward to helping you aspire, believe, conceive and achieve those things you choose most in your life. She believes we are in charge of creating our own personal realities. She encourages her students to embrace the process of life as they venture into studying and applying Human Kinetics theories and applications.

She has been actively involved in the University and has served on the International Committee, Assessment Committee, Degree Development Committee, the Faculty Association as a Department Steward and runs the Exercise is Medicine on Campus Community, along with being a course conductor for the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology for over 15 years.

As a mental performance specialist (sport psychology educator), I am fascinated with individual human behaviour. I research and apply strategies in high performance environments and encourage students to apply newly learnt strategies in their own personal sport and life.

My interests are in educating holistic methods for healing, including psychological, social and physical strategies for better overall health and wellness.

My teaching interests stem from the belief that we as humans have this amazing ability to learn and to aspire at much higher levels than we ever thought possible, and if given the right tools and guidance there are no limits.

My research is directed toward motor learning, sport psychology, behaviour change and the applications of each of these areas in the growth, development and aspirations of students, athletes and the greater community.

I research and specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which simply put means helping students to recognize their thoughts and feelings and how these influence actions.

I use an Existentialist Approach to understanding behavior change considering statements such as, "what you say is what you get," and "we are what we do." I believe students are free and responsible to determine their own development through the choices they make while providing guidance for healthful decisions.

Seminars and workshops

Perry, D. Reboundality in Sport. Lead Presenter for Ducks Volleyball Association, 2018.

Perry, D. Mental Toughness in Sport. Lead Presented for Ducks Volleyball Assocation, 2018.

Perry, D. Be Game Ready. Lead Presenter for Twist Conditioning High Performance Hockey Camps, 2017.

Perry, D. Parental Involvement in Youth Sport. Lead Presented Richmond Olympic Oval, 2016.

Perry, D. Focus in Sport. Lead Mental Performance Specialist presenter for BC Volleyball Association, 2013.

Perry, D. Motivation and Tracking Progress in Distance Running. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for Sport Med BC Sun Run InTraining Clinics Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 2013.

Perry, D. Mental Side of Running. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for Sport Med-BC Sun Run InTraining Clinics Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 2013.

Perry, D. Mental Side of Running. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter on the for Sport Med-BC Sun Run InTraining Clinics Walnut Grove Recreation Centre, 2013.

Perry, D. Mental Toughness in Sport. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter at Walnut Grove Secondary School, 2013.

Perry, D. Mental Toughness in Sport. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for Langley United Youth Soccer Association, 2013.

Perry, D. Committing to Excellence. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for BC Cycling Association, 2013.

Perry, D. Team Building and Cohesion. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for National Mens Canadian Para Soccer Team, 2013.

Perry, D. Committing to Excellence. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for National Mens Canadian Para Soccer Team, 2013.

Perry, D. Focus/Concentration Training and Coping with Performance Pressure - Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for BC Volleyball Association, 2013.

Perry, D. Goal Setting and Mental Preparation. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter at Twist Sport Conditioning Camp Summer, 2011.

Perry, D. Committing to Excellence. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for National Canadian Para-Equestrian Riding Team, 2011.

Perry, D. Mental Preparation for International Competition, 2011.

Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter for National Canadian Para-Equestrian Riding Team

Perry, D. Introduction to Mental Training Concepts. Lead Mental Performance Presenter at Atlantic Ice Warriors Hockey Camps, 2012.

Perry, D. Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - UBC Workshop. Presented in the workshop for certification as a Certified Fitness Consultant Course Conductor, 2010.

Perry, D. Excelerate (Sport Conditioning Certification/Workshop) - Twist Conditioning Presented in workshop for certification as an Excelerate Level 1 Trainer Focus on Speed, Agility and Quickness Training (SAQ), 2010.

Perry, D. Northwest Student Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA -Presented research (thesis), mental training program, 2010.

Perry, D. Golf Psychology Forum: What you need to know about Golf. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter at Bridal Falls Golf Course, 2009.

Perry, D. Pre-competition Preparation in Judo. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter at Abbotsford Judo Club, 2009.

Perry, D. Reducing Anxiety in Judo Competition. Mental Performance Specialist Presenter at Abbotsford Judo Club, 2009.

Perry, D. What Does it Take Mentally to Make it? Lead Mental Performance Specialist presenter at Twist Conditioning Summer Camps Junior Hockey Players, 2006.

Perry, D. Introduction to Visualization Mental Performance. Specialist Presenter for Volleyball BC, 2008.

Perry, D. Coaching the Youth Sport Athlete. Centre for Performance Excellence, Western Washington University. Presented concepts related to growth and development of the youth athlete, 2007.

Perry, D. Introduction to Mental Training. Twist Conditioning Summer Camps Junior Hockey Players. Lead Mental Performance Specialist. Presented concepts related to visualization, goal setting, focus/concentration, building confidence, 2003.

Perry, D. Introduction to Mental Training. Womens Canadian Hockey Team. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presenter on concepts related to visualization, goal setting, focus, concentration, building confidence, 2005.

Perry, D. Introduction to Mental Training. Twist Conditioning Summer Camps. Junior Hockey Players. Presented concepts related to visualization and goal setting, 2004.

Perry, D. Goal Setting for Sport. Lead Mental Performance Specialist Presented for Twist Conditioning Summer Camps Junior Hockey Players, 2005.

Perry, D. What Does it Take Mentally to Make it? Presented Mental Performance Specialist for Ross Gurney Group Junior Hockey Players, 2004.

Perry, D. Optimizing Soccer Performance. Lead Mental Performance Specialist presenter for Semiamhoo Spirit. An applied workshop for game day preparation, 2003.

Perry, D. Team Building for Success. Lead Mental Performance Specialist presenter Semiamhoo Spirit -An applied workshop on how to work together as team to achieve success, 2003.

Perry, D. Visualization for Sport. Lead Mental Performance Specialist presenter Magic in the Net Hockey Camps, 2003.

Perry, D. Mental Performance in Underwater Hockey. Lead Mental Performance Specialist presenter for UBC Underwater Hockey Team, 2003.

Magazine articles

Perry, D. Identifying athletes who are at risk for injury. Newfoundland Hockey Scene Magazine, 2012.

Perry, D. Mind over Matter. Impact Magazine, 2011.

Perry, D. Getting into the Zone. Newfoundland Hockey Scene Magazine, 2011.

Perry, D. Committing to Mental Training. Newfoundland Hockey Scene Magazine, 2011.

Perry, D. Mind Games. Impact Magazine, January 2007.

Perry, D. Mind Games. BC Coaches' Association Magazine, 2007.

Media exposure

Perry, D. Love what you Play, Podcast (audioboom.com), 2018.

Perry, D. Minor Hockey Talk, Podcast, Soundcloud, 2012.

Perry, D. Health and Fitness in Canadian Society, Interviewed on Living Together (Ch.13), 2004.

Certificate of Appreciation (15 years of service), Capilano University.

Assistantship, Western Washington University, 2000.

British Columbia Athletic Scholarship, University of the Fraser Valley, 1996-97.

British Columbia Academic Scholarship, University of the Fraser Valley, 1996-97.

British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association Provincial Allstar (soccer), University of the Fraser Valley, 1996-97.

Canadian National Championships, Under 19 Womens Soccer, 1989-90.

Ontario Provincial Championships, Under 19 Womens Soccer, 1989-90.

Canadian Summer Games, 1988.