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Scientific Support for TOPPS

Evaluations of Methods of Assessing Factors that Interfere with Sport Performance

 Donohue, B. Miller, A., Crammer, L., Cross, C., & Covassin, T. (2007). A standardized method of assessing sport specific problems in the relationships of athletes with their coaches, teammates, family, and peers. Journal of Sport Behavior, 30, 375-397.


Donohue, B., Silver, N. C., Dickens, Y., Covassin, T., & Lancer, K. (2007). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Sport Interference Checklist. Behavior Modification, 31, 937-957.

Evaluations of Sport Specific Methods of Screening Mental Health

Donohue, B., Gavrilova, Y., Galante, M., Burnstein, B., Aubertin, P., Gavrilova, E., … Benning, S. D. (2018). Empirical development of a screening method for mental, social, and physical wellness in amateur and professional circus artists. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 


Donohue, B., Galante, M., Hussey, J., Lee, B., Paul, N., Perry, J. E., …Allen, D. N. (in press). Empirical development of a screening method to assist mental health referrals in collegiate athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. 

Hussey, J., Donohue, B., Barchard, K., & Allen, D. N. (in press). Family Contributions to Sport Performance and Their Utility in Predicting Appropriate Referrals to Mental Health Optimization Programs. European Journal of Sport Science.

Outcome Evaluations of Programs Aimed at Engaging Athletes into Interventions that Optimize Sport Performance and Mental Wellness Concurrently

Donohue, B., Dickens, Y., Lancer, K., Covassin, T., Hash, A., Miller, A., & Genet, J. (2004). Improving athletes’ perspectives of sport psychology consultation: A controlled evaluation of two interview methods. Behavior Modification, 28, 181-193.

Donohue, B., Gavrilova, E., Danlag, A., Perry, J. Phillips, C., Allen, D. A., & Benning, S. (2020). A Comprehensive examination of collegiate athletes’ utilization of goal oriented psychological assessment and intervention services. Psychology in the Schools

Donohue, B., O’Dowd, A., Plant, C.P., Phillips, C., Loughran, T.A., & Gavrilova, Y. (2016). Controlled evaluation of a method to assist recruitment of participants into treatment outcome research and engage student athletes into substance abuse intervention. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 10, 272 -288.

Outcome Evaluations of Programs Aimed at Optimizing Sport Performance

Donohue, B., Barnhart, R., Covassin, T., Carpin, K., & Corb, E. (2001). The development and initial evaluation of two promising mental preparatory methods in a sample of female cross country runners. Journal of Sport Behavior,24, 19-30.

Donohue, B., Miller, A., Beisecker, M., Houser, D., Valdez, R., Tiller, S., & Taymar, T. (2006). Effects of brief yoga exercises and motivational preparatory interventions in distance runners: Results of a controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40, 1-4.

Miller, A., & Donohue, B. (2003). The development and controlled evaluation of athletic mental preparation strategies in high school distance runners. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 15, 321-334.

Outcome Evaluations of Programs Aimed at Optimizing Sport Performance and Mental Wellness


Chow, G., Donohue, B., Pitts, M., Schubert, K., Loughran, T., Gavrilova, Y., & Diaz, E. (2015). Utilizing The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS) to enhance relationships, mental strength and stability, and avoidance of unsafe sexual activity and substance misuse: Results of single case controlled trial. Clinical Case Studies,14, 191– 209.

Donohue, B. Chow, G., Pitts, M., Loughran, T., Schubert, K., Gavrilova, Y., Allen, D. N. (2015). Piloting a family-supported approach to concurrently optimize mental health and sport performance in  Athletes. Clinical Case Studies, 14, 299-323.

Donohue, Gavrilova, Y., Galante, M., Gavrilova, E., Loughrana, T., Scott, J., Chow, G., Plant, C., & Allen, D. A. (2018). Controlled evaluation of an optimization approach to mental health and sport performance. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 12, 234 – 267.


Donohue, B., Loughran, T., Pitts, M., Gavrilova, Y, Chow, G. M., Soto-Nevarez, A, & Schubert, K. (2016). Preliminary development of a brief intervention to prevent alcohol misuse and enhance sport performance in collegiate athletes. Journal of Drug Abuse, 2, 1 - 9. DOI: 10.21767/2471-853X.100035.

Donohue, B., Phrathep, D., Stucki, K., Kowal, I., Breslin, G., Cohen, M., White, S., Jefferson, L., White, T., Irvin, J., Reese, G., Kessler, FHP, Kieslich da Silva, A., Gabriel Santos da Silva, F., Fothergill, M., Robinson, G., Allen, H., Light, A., & Allen, D. A. (in press). Adapting an Evidence-Supported Intervention to Optimize Mental Health and Sport Performance for Collegiate Athletes to Fit Youth from Ethnic/Racial Minority and Low-Income Neighborhoods: A National Institutes of Health Supported Stage Model Feasibility Study. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine.


Galante, M. & Donohue, B. (2019). The Optimum Performance Program in Sports: A case of Bulimia Nervosa in a lean sport athlete. In G. Breslin & G. Leavey (Eds.), Mental health and well-being interventions in sport: A case study analysis. New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 


Gavrilova, Y., Donohue, B., & Galante, M. (2017). Mental health and sport performance  programming in athletes who present without pathology: A case examination supporting optimization. Clinical Case Studies, 16, 234-253. DOI: 10.1177/15346501166689302.

Pitts, M., Donohue, B., Schubert, Chow, G., K. N., Lougrhan, T., Gavrilova, Y. (2015). A systematic case examination of The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS) in a combative sport. Clinical Case Studies, 14, 178 – 190.

Phrathep, D., Donohue, B., Kraus, S., Paul, M., & Mercer, J. (in press). A controlled evaluation of a sport-specific performance optimization program in an athlete diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder within the Context of COVID 19. Clinical Case Studies.

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