Dylan Firsick, PhD

Licensed Clinical & Sport Psychologist, USC Athletics

    Dr. Dylan Firsick is a licensed clinical and sport psychologist in the athletics department at the University of Southern California and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Firsick provides psychotherapy and sport performance enhancement to the USC student-athlete population. He also facilitates injured athlete therapy groups, provides performance enhancement training and consultation to various teams and coaches, and frequently leads workshops and trainings on substance abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention. Dr. Firsick is a member of the Team Performance Committees for Women’s Soccer and Men’s Volleyball, the Health and Wellness Committee, and the LGBTA Committee. Dr. Firsick received an MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Sport Psychology and pre-doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology at USC and has been working in the athletics department since 2016. Dr. Firsick is a former student-athlete, playing soccer during his undergraduate training at Biola University. Dr. Firsick’s interests include sport performance, athlete identity, alcohol and drug use among student athletes, and the utilization of mindfulness and other techniques for performance enhancement. Dr. Firsick, alongside fellow USC sport psychologist Dr. Scholefield, recently completed an NCAA grant-funded study examining the implementation and effects of mindfulness training among student-athletes.