Meet the members of the Step UP! Executive Board. Follow a link below or scroll down for all Executive Board members’ bios:
Becky Bell is the creator and founder of Step UP! and was recently recognized as a recipient of the University of Arizona’s CSW “Vision” Award for her work on Step UP! She is an Associate Athletics Director in The University of Arizona athletics department and has directed the C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program since 1997. She is a former All-American at UCLA (tennis) and earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Becky was an assistant tennis coach at UCLA for 5 years (including a National Championship) before assuming the head coaching duties at the University of Arizona. Twelve years at the helm resulted in two Regional Coach of the Year awards, six top-10 finishes and a Final Four for the Wildcats. She was also a National Coach for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) for many years. Becky has two Master’s degrees — one in Sports Administration and one in Counseling (with an emphasis in Career counseling). She has made many national presentations and authored the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now. She served on the 1A CHAMPS Board of Advisors for 8 years.
Susan Bruce, M.Ed., is director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Alcohol and Substance Education. She has over 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has developed nationally recognized substance abuse and sexual assault education and prevention programs. She has expertise in the social norms approach and co-directs the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences, the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators.
After completing a B.S. in Engineering at the University of Redlands in 1989, Doug began his student affairs career continuing on the housing staff. He also dabbled in career services, recreation, student activities, orientation and Greek Life. After identifying his passion for substance abuse prevention, he completed a M.A. Education (Counseling) in 1991, also from the University of Redlands. After successfully writing and implementing a federal grant from the Department of Education, he developed a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program at the University of Redlands, strongly based in peer education and student programming.He took that model to the University of California, Riverside in 1998, where he successfully implemented and expanded the model over 12 years. In the summer of 2010, he accepted a position as Alcohol Programs Manager at the University of California, Irvine where he also currently serves as the Interim Director of the Health Education Center. Doug is also very connected as a volunteer nationally. He has served The BACCHUS Network since 1993, serving as California State Coordinator, Area Two (Southwest Region) Consultant, and currently as national Coordinator of Student Athlete Affiliate Support. In 1995, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program served as his bridge to athletics. Active with the NCAA since 2000, he has served as a facilitator for the National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference and on the CHAMPS/Life Skills Advisory Team. He is currently on the APPLE Conference Advisory Team, StepUp! Bystander Program Advisory Board and the OneStudent/No Woman Left Behind Advisory Board.
As the Director of Athletic Counseling for the University of Michigan’s athletic department, Scott Goldman, Ph.D. provides direct patient care to the student-athletes as well as consulting services for the coaches and staff. Dr. Goldman has provided mental health care in a variety of settings for amateur, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional athletes. Starting in 1994, Dr. Goldman’s clinical experience includes working in university counseling centers, rehabilitation centers, private and government funded psychiatric children’s hospitals, school counseling centers, and outpatient therapy institutes.
Dr. Goldman has presented nationally and internationally as well as written about mental health issues in athletic and general populations. He is currently one of five national experts tapped by the NCAA to provide professional oversight for the new guidelines and revisions for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook. Dr. Goldman is a member of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force and the NFL/NCAA Mental Health Think Tank. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Goldman was part of a team of sport medicine professionals writing the first consensus statement regarding the treatment of mental health issues with Student-Athletes. The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is the first professional sports medicine organization to set such standards. He is also a member of the sport psychology registry for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Dr. Goldman is on the advisory board for STEP UP!, a bystander intervention program that has been adopted by over 150 universities and colleges. STEP UP! has earned national acclaim including the 2010 NASPA excellence award.
Dr. Goldman is also the creator of the Athletic Intelligence Quotient (AIQ), an intelligence test that assesses the innate cognitive abilities that are most utilized in attaining, developing, and applying athletic skills, strategies, and tactics. Dr. Goldman serves on the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) Executive Committee as the Member-At-Large.
In addition to providing direct patient care, Dr. Goldman has also taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for the past 15 years. He currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Arizona’s Sport Medicine Fellowship Program. Similarly, Dr. Goldman held two faculty appointments at the Saint Louis University’s medical school in the Psychiatry Department as well as the Sport Medicine Department.
Dr. Goldman earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Further, Dr. Goldman is designated as a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Additionally, he received training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute. Besides providing direct patient care and co-leading groups with Dr. Ellis, Dr. Goldman received advanced training and certification in several psychological fields while a fellow and staff therapist. These include child and adolescent therapy and drug addiction treatment. Further, Dr. Goldman attained supervisory certification granting him permission to train other professionals in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
His specialties include: Athletic and Performance Enhancement; Sport Intelligence Assessment, Rehabilitation Psychology; Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Confidence; Anger Management; Depression Disorders; Substance Abuse; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and Behavior Therapy.
Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed., CHES, is an associate director in NCAA Educational Affairs, Health and Safety programs. Since 1999, she has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs and worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices. She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership. Mary has worked in the health education field for 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.
Executive Board Advisor
Dr. Sue Cacciotti Sherburne
Assistant Athletic Director for Life Skills, University of Maryland
Wellness Director, Title IX Deputy for Prevention, Assistant Track & Field Coach
Assistant Director of Athletics
Gary Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics & Recreation
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