Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., maintains an independent practice, The Performing Edge, with a specialized focus on performance enhancement for athletes, performing artists, and business leaders. Her research, writing, international teaching, and practice, initially in New Hampshire and, since 1997, in Toronto, Canada, have been directed toward the mental benefits of physical activity and the application of sport psychology techniques to athletes and other performance populations. She brings additional personal energy to this work through her own involvement as a runner and musician.
Hays has authored five books: Performance Psychology in Action; You're On! Consulting for Peak Performance; Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood; Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy; and Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement and Mind: Therapeutic Unity. Active in psychology governance, she has served as president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology.