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Dr. David Botsford

Dr. David C. Botsford is a clinical and sport psychologist based in the CSCS California office. Dr. Botsford has worked with numerous athletes, coaches, and teams from youth to elite levels, including collegiate NCAA Division I, II, and III athletes, helping to make competitive performance more consistent, efficient, and successful. Dr. Botsford’s approach to understanding and developing effective strategies to manage common psychological challenges in sport has proven essential for the competitive success of many athletes.   

In addition to his work with CSCS, Dr. Botsford is a staff psychologist at California State University Fullerton (CSUF).  Working in the athletic department as well as the counseling center, he provides clinical and performance psychology services to CSUF student-athletes. Dr. Botsford has provided individual and group counseling services within various mental health settings for more than ten years, including college counseling centers, outpatient treatment centers, and hospitals. 

Dr. Botsford has taught courses in sport psychology and clinical psychology at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as conducted research on mental imagery and emotional regulation with national and Olympic level athletes. Dr. Botsford has a master’s degree in sport psychology from the University of Utah and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University Phoenix, completing his doctoral internship at the University of Oklahoma working in both the University Counseling Center and the Athletics Department. Dr. Botsford is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) and is recognized as a Certified Consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).