Kristen Dieffenbach

Kristen is an assistant professor of athletic coaching education in the Department of Physical Education of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  She received her Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, her M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the University of Idaho and her BA in biology from Boston University.  Her areas of concentration include performance enhancement, talent development and overtraining and underrecovery.  She has worked on grants, projects, and consultations for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Cycling (USAC), United States Tennis Association (USTA), Carmichael Training Systems (CTS), and USA Water Polo.  She has published research articles in scientific journals and has written for applied publications such as Olympic Coach, Performance Conditioning for Cycling, VeloNews, Inside Triathlon, and Dirt Rag.  Kristen has also served as an expert panelist or consultant for features in publications such as Runnerís World, Backpacker, Splash, Men's Health and Adventure Sports Magazine.  Currently, serves on the USAC Coaching Education Advisory Committee and is the Performance Excellence Special Interests Group co-chair for the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP).  Additionally, she is the cycling psychology editor for Performance Conditioning for Cycling and she is the advisory board chair with Podium - The Journal of Mental Conditioning for Serious Athletes .

As a performance enhancement consultant and sport psychology educator she has worked with coaching education, sport parenting education, and a variety of team and individual athletes from youth developmental through the collegiate and elite levels.  In 2003, Kristen earned the status of Certified Consultant (CC) with AAASP which qualified her for the USOC Sport Psychology list of providers.  As a consultant she does individual work, group team building, and educational seminars.  She is also a trainer for and charter member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a non profit organization dedicated to improving the youth sport environment. 

In addition to her academic credentials, Kristen is a certified elite level USA Cycling coach and a certified United States Track and Field (USATF) coach specializing in endurance training.  She has coached at the high school, collegiate, masters, recreational, and elite level athletes and teams. 

A former collegiate runner and cyclist at Boston University, Kristen now competes in road, cyclocross, and mountain bike races.  However, her main emphasis is on endurance and ultra endurance endeavors, especially professional level multiday multidiscipline adventure racing.