Daniel Gould

Daniel  Gould
  • Gwen Norrell Professor of Youth Sport and Student-Athlete Well-Being
  • Established through the MSU Foundation in honor of Dr. Gwen Norrell
  • Department of Kinesiology


Daniel Gould is the inaugural Gwen Norrell Professor in Youth Sport and Student-Athlete Well-Being. He is also a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and director of the celebrated Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.

Gould is a specialist in sport psychology and is renowned for his work in youth sports, with additional research and expertise in mental training for athletic competition and coaching psychology. Specifically, his research covers the stress-athletic performance relationship, the psychological foundations of coaching, the psychology of athletic talent development, youth leadership, and positive youth development through sport. He is best known for conducting applied research and implementing outreach projects that maximize the benefits of youth sport participation.

Gould has received numerous honors for his work, including recognition as USA Wrestling Person of the Year (1985) for his sport science and coaching education efforts; inclusion on a listing of the top 10 U.S. sport psychology specialists (The Sport Psychologist, 1992); being named one of the 100 most influential sport educators in America (Institute for International Sport, 2007); and being awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium (2009). He is also a fellow in the American Kinesiology Academy.

He has over 200 scholarly publications and has been invited to speak on sport psychology topics in 35 countries. He has served as editor or part of the editorial board of journals in psychology- and kinesiology-related fields, and has both been a consultant to and received grants from numerous organizations, including the U.S. Olympic Committee and the United States Tennis Association. In addition, he is the co-author of a leading textbook Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology(Human Kinetics), currently in its seventh edition.