Dr. Sherif Zaher is a renowned clinical psychologist who has worked with numerous top athletes and organizations, including the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Sacramento Republic F.C., CSUS athletics, UC Santa Cruz and elite high schools as well as soccer World Cup and tennis grand slam participants.
He has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a masters in kinesiology (sports performance) and a bachelor's in psychology. He taught sport psychology at Folsom Lake College and created an extensive performance enhancement program called "Mind Power & Control," to enhance athletes’ knowledge of the factors associated with the achievement of success in sports.
Dr. Zaher is also an accomplished tennis player who was ranked top 50 ITF (junior world ranking), was a Wimbledon championships participant, earned an NCAA championship title at the University at Georgia, was a two-time Big Sky Conference player of the year, held #1 national ranking in the over 30's division (USTA doubles ranking), and spent six years as head coach of two Division 1 tennis programs.
The approach Dr. Zaher takes to working with athletes centers around identifying and committing to act on positive values. He focuses on regulating emotions through improving cognitive functioning and enhancing mindfulness skills. He assists athletes in identifying core maladaptive beliefs responsible for perpetual negative patterns of behavior. As he puts it:
“My athletes maximize their potential by developing coping techniques that enable them to make positive changes in their performance.”
- Dr. Zaher
"We feel it is just as important to train mentally as it is physically. Dr. Zaher has worked with many elite athlete's and provides S3 with invaluable tools for our players to develop their mental toughness."
- Coach Ron DuBois