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Jim Taylor Ph.D.


Jim Taylor, Ph.D., specializes in the psychology of sport and parenting. Jim has been a consultant to the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, has been an invited speaker by the Olympic committees of the U.S., Spain, France, and Poland. He has worked with professional and Olympic athletes in tennis, skiing, triathlon, football, baseball, cycling, golf, and many other sports.

Jim speaks regularly at elementary and secondary schools and youth-sports programs around the country and internationally.

Jim received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a former Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale and a former Clinical Associate Professor in the Sport & Performance Psychology master's program at the University of Denver. Jim is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.

A former U.S. top-20 ranked alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Jim is certified tennis teaching professional, a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.

Jim is the author of 15 books including Train Your Mind for Athletic Success: Mental Preparation to Achieve Your Sports Goals (Rowman-Littlefield, 2017), Raising Generation Tech: Prepare Your Child for a Media-fueled World (SourceBooks, 2012), Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child (Hyperion, 2003), Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them (SourceBooks, 2005), The Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training (VeloPress, 2005), and Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear From You (The Experiment Publishing, 2011).

Jim is the creator of the Prime Sport series of online courses for athletes, coaches, and parents.

He has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 1000 workshops and presentations throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Jim blogs on a variety of topics, including education, politics, popular culture, parenting, sports, business, and technology for,, as well as on his own web site.

He publishes the quarterly Prime Family Alert! and Prime Sport Alert! e-newsletters.

Jim has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News This Weekend, Fox News Channel, and major television network affiliates around the U.S. He has participated in many radio shows. He has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The London Telegraph, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Outside, Men's Health, Runners' World, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, and many other newspapers and magazines.

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