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Michelle Garvin, Ph.D.

Silver Spring, MD


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Michelle Garvin, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (Maryland and Michigan) and is the founder and owner of Elite Performance Psychology, a private practice providing clinical and performance services to athletes and performers. In this role, she works with teams and organizations providing mental health, consultation and performance services. In addition, Dr. Garvin currently serves as the Team Clinician for the Detroit Lions. In this role, she provides mental skills and mental health services to individuals and group along with psychoeducation and training for staff and players.

Prior to her role with the Lions, Dr. Garvin was the Director of Clinical and Sports Psychology for the University of Maryland Athletic Department where she built a comprehensive mental health and performance enhancement program for the University of Maryland student-athletes. In this role, she provided individual therapy and performance enhancement sessions, conducted team workshops, and implemented outreach and prevention programming. She worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team of sports medicine providers, nutritionists, coaches and administrators to provide coordination of care for student-athletes. She also served on the Executive Committee and Education Subcommittee of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet.

Dr. Garvin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University. She completed her internship at the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (Division 47), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the Maryland Psychological Association.

Dr. Garvin’s interest in sport psychology stemmed from her personal experiences as an athlete and coach. She frequently draws upon the concepts she uses in her work to help motivate her own efforts toward maintaining her athlete identity.

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