Dr. Ross Flowers is an experienced psychologist, international sport and performance psychologist, executive coach, author and speaker. He is a partner in Giles Consulting Group and served as the director of sports performance psychology for the Los Angeles Clippers, mental health clinician for the Los Angeles Rams, senior sport psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee, and sport psychology consultant for UCLA track & field. He has experience as a leadership development coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, psychologist in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, sport psychologist for San Diego State University Athletics, sport psychology instructor and psychologist/director of the Applied Sport Psychology Program at the University of California Davis. Dr. Ross Flowers counsels, designs, teaches, and implements skills development programs for culturally diverse individuals, teams and organizations.
Dr. Flowers establishes professional relationships and builds tailored programs to meet the specific needs of each client. Dr. Flowers takes pride in being a valuable resource in achieving excellence. With years of experience in psychology, sport and performance at every level, Dr. Flowers works efficiently and effectively to teach skills that are essential to mental health, life balance, and performance, so clients can maximize the pleasures of excellence.
The author of, Introducing Your Child to Sports: An Expert's Answers to Parents' Questions about Raising a Healthy, Balanced, Happy Athlete, Dr. Ross Flowers offers his unique 360 degree perspective - as a noted sport psychologist, former elite athlete and coach, and father of young athletes himself - to answer the 70 most-asked questions of concerned parents contemplating their child's participation in sports.
Dr. Flowers created an applied sport and performance psychology program for the LA Clippers. He initiated and maintained strong working relationships with players and coaches to enhance well-being and performance, build life skills and career development opportunities, and manage crises. Dr. Flowers created and administered an assessment protocol for draft selection, designed and implemented programming for rookie development and player engagement, and created crisis management protocol and resources. He also had the opportunity to support player mental health and development for the LA Rams, and deliver NFL Player Engagement Rookie Programs.
As a leadership development and executive coach, Dr. Flowers administers and interprets assessments, conceptualizes growth opportunities, builds coaching relationships, and provides custom mentor-coaching and leadership development opportunities for business managers and executives. His experiences working with an international clientele of government, for-profit and non-profit companies provide Dr. Flowers with a uniquely diverse skill set. Dr. Flowers’s breadth and depth of experiences help him engage diverse issues, and integrate meaningful skills to reach impactful solutions.
Dr. Flowers served as a senior sport psychologist with the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to creating sport psychology programs for national governing bodies of sport and implementing services to teams and individuals, Dr. Flowers successfully integrated mental health and performance services into the culture of an Olympic Training Center through coaching, mentoring, psycho-education, psychotherapy, individual and group consultation, leadership training, team building, capital project requests, research, written reports, educational programming, and training venue development. He served on many USA World Cup, World Championship and Olympic teams for summer and winter sports.
Dr. Flowers founded and directed the Applied Sport Psychology Program at the University of California, Davis, working in Counseling and Psychological Services and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department serving 26 intercollegiate athletic programs, over 800 student-athletes and 121 coaches and staff, as part of the campus population. He also supervised the professional development of psychology doctoral candidates, with emphasis on those specializing in applied sport psychology.
Dr. Flowers's productivity in the realm of elite performance enhancement is supported by his background as an elite athlete, NCAA Division 1 coach, and consultant to national and international business professionals. Dr. Flowers has a doctorate of philosophy in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with emphasis in performance and sport psychology, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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"[Introducing Your Child to Sports is] An outstanding blueprint for introducing any young person to sports, as well as a great manual for parents looking for answers to questions concerning their child's desire to participate in athletics."
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, The World's Greatest Female Athlete
"Introducing Your Child to Sports answers every question a parent could face at each phase of their child's involvement in athletics, and is definitely an extremely handy parental map for navigating the way to a child's positive and rewarding athletic experience."
Apolo Anton Ohno, 8x Olympic Medalist, Speed Skating
"Who better to write this book than Dr. Ross Flowers? His experience as a star youth athlete, college All-American and team captain at UCLA, and professional athlete - combined with his advanced education, sport psychology career, and being a father of three young athletes - may make him the best person to thoughtfully instruct parents on best practices and avoidable hazards in sport. It gives me great pride to know he's written a book that's needed for the youth community.
Bob Larsen, 2004 Olympic Coach Track & Field, UCLA Head Coach Track & Field
The mental side of training is so important, and I truly believe it makes all the difference in the world. It is a process though, not only realizing the value of working on this aspect of your preparation, but also the trust and confidence that develops in the relationship you build with your Sports Psychologist over time. For me, this was huge.
NCAA Champion, World Championship Finalist, USA Track & Field