Dr. Mara Smith

Working with a broad spectrum of athletes, Dr. Mara Smith’s focus is on building mental skills which benefits athletes in all sports at all levels. Dr. Smith helps athletes develop a repertoire of mental skills enabling them to handle whatever comes their way. She has become a pioneer in the concept of Mental Strength and Conditioning.

Mara graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. During her time at Cornell, Mara was a four year member of the gymnastics team. Dr. Smith also has an M.Ed. in The Psychology of Human Movement and an Ed.D in Developmental Studies and Counseling, with a specialty in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Boston University. Dr. Smith works with individual athletes and teams developing mental skills and also consults with parents, coaches and administrators. Her work also includes consulting with various national governing bodies including USA Hockey, USA Gymnastics, US Figure Skating, US Ski and Snowboard, US Bobsled and Skeleton and USA Luge. Dr. Smith is the Founder of AthleteMinder, a tech start up which aims to bring mental strength and conditioning to all athletes using mobile technology.  She serves on the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Advisory Board and is a Co-Founder of the Lake Placid Sport Forum – produced in partnership with the Aspen Institute. She is passionate about unorganized play, being outside and making new mistakes. Dr. Smith currently resides in Lake Placid, New York with her favorite team – …her husband and four children.