Aspen Ankney, PhD, CMPC

Aspen S Ankney

Clinical Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition


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1919 W. Taylor St., 343 AHSB

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By appointment


Aspen Ankney is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Performance, Sport, and Exercise Psychology Masters program. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with AASP and an approved mentor. Her areas of expertise include performance excellence within high-risk occupations, helping performers reconnect to enjoyment in their chosen domain, acceptance-based approaches to performance, finding meaning through performance, and measuring performance interventions. She consults with military, law enforcement, and first responders, specializing in enhancing psychological flexibility. She also consults with winter sport athletes, traditional team sports, and aesthetic sports, with an expertise in endurance and extreme performance.
Aspen was the Program Evaluation Research Lead at the USAJFK Special Warfare Center and School, was selected to serve as Professional Mentor for new performance coaches at Special Operations Cognitive Enhancement for Performance (2019-2020), and was awarded a grant to present at AASP: Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Adaptability Training for Psychological and Behavioral Flexibility for Military Medics.

Selected Publications

“Psychometric evaluation of the acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II (AAQ-II) with Special Operations Forces soldiers. ”, Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science

“The mindset of performance excellence.”, Special Warfare Magazine

“Consulting with Performers in High-Risk Occupations: Considerations for Practitioners.”, Association of Applied Sport Psychology, 36th Annual Conference

“Theories of Performance Excellence – Rationale, Conceptualization, and Application.”, Association of Applied Sport Psychology, 34th Annual Conference


PhD, Education, University of Idaho, 2023
MA, Sport and Performance Psychology, University of Denver, 2012
BS, Psychology, Colorado State University, 2006