Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students

Mental Health in Collegiate Athletes

None, but participation in elite sports is helpful.

This course will focus on developmental, psychological, and performance issues in elite collegiate athletics. We will cover a range of topics that are important to both male and female student athletes and can help them understand and flourish in their environment. Topics include time management, optimizing mental toughness and competitiveness, coping with injuries, and preparing for the future. The course will use the problem-oriented approach employed in medical schools. Students will read material about each week's topic area; this will serve as the jumping-off point for discussion and guided independent research. Each class will include presentations by Dr. Steiner of that day's topic. Students will briefly present material they have researched and then discuss questions that arose during the research. A strong emphasis is placed on class participation. 


Meet the Instructor(s)

Hans Steiner

Hans Steiner is professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, emeritus, at Stanford University. He received an M.D. from the University of Vienna. Dr. Steiner is an international expert in developmental approaches to psychopathology and integrated treatment. He is a founding member of The Pegasus Physicians at Stanford, a group of doctors who are also creative writers. Members of the Pegasus Physicians present their writings in several annual readings at the Cantor Arts Center. His current research interest is the application of humanistic methods to the practice of medicine. He has published more than 500 papers, books, and abstracts, and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching. He regularly speaks to professional and lay organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.