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S1 E7 · Athletes and the Arts
Gaining The Mental Edge
18 Plays
2 years ago

How do you improve mental performance in sports and the performing arts? Is mental performance and mental illness along the same spectrum? How do you stay healthy in the face of failure and rejection? We talk to a doctor and a performer to find out how. Listen to Yasi and Steven talk with Dr. Stephen Gonzales of the Association of Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) and Brooke DeRosa, film composer and singer with the L.A. Opera.

Learn more at the AASP conference October 6-9, 2021 at

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About our guests:

Stephen Gonzales, PhD, CMPC: Dr Gonzales is the scientific program division head at AASP and CMPC is the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership and Mental Performance at Dartmouth College, where he works with 35 NCAA Division I athletic programs competing in the Ivy League. Dr. Gonzalez has extensive experience working with elite athletes, military populations, and with performers, including concert symphony musicians. Dr. Gonzalez received his PhD at the University of Utah, and was an NCAA Division I runner at the University of Pittsburgh. He plays piano and is a huge fan of his dad's hometown band, Flood City Brass in Johnstown, PA.

Brooke DeRosa: Originally from New York, Brooke deRosa has performed opera and musical theater nationally and internationally.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, having performed locally with LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, Pacific Opera Project, The Pacific Symphony, Redlands Symphony and the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she originated the role of "Nicely" in a new musical entitled "Witch's Night Out" which was workshopped for Stephen Schwartz as part of the ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theater Workshop at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  

Brooke has been a featured vocal soloist on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the Jimmy Kimmel stage, albums with Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg, and the scores of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Luke Cage and A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. 

In addition to performing she is also a composer. Her first opera “The Monkey’s Paw” premiered with Pacific Opera Project in 2017.  Her musical "Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon" premiered in 2019 as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and won "The Pick of the Fringe", "The Encore Producer's Award" and "The John Raitt Award for Best Music and Lyrics." She has composed film scores for over twenty feature films.

Instagram: @brookederosa