Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., maintains an independent practice, The Performing Edge. She is a performance coach to performance coaches, through individual and group consultation and coaching. She recently retired from direct practice, having had a specialized focus on mental performance techniques 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 application of sport psychology techniques to athletes and other performance populations as well as the mental benefits of physical activity. She brings additional personal energy to this work through her own involvement in physical activity and music performance.
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 for many years, she served as president of the American Psychological Association's Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.