Stanford Sports Psychiatry Clinic

The Stanford Sports Psychiatry Clinic is the nation’s first academic clinic specializing in the psychiatric care of elite athletes. We currently provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment for professional, Olympic and NCAA athletes. Our services are tuned to the unique needs of elite athletes and incorporate cutting-edge lifestyle, pharmacologic, and psychological interventions; we collaborate regularly with a team of Stanford sports psychologists dedicated to providing both performance-based skills as well as individual psychotherapy.  We aim to support athletes in achieving maximal performance outcomes while maintaining their mental health and personal wellness.

Meet the Team

Lisa Post, PhD

Dr. Post is the Director of Sports Psychiatry and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, where she has served as Chief of Sports Medicine in Psychiatry for Stanford's NCAA Division 1 athletics program since 2000. She is responsible for the oversight of Stanford’s Sport Psychology and Counseling Services and the training of the program’s Clinical Psychology Fellows. Her research interests include group treatment for athletes recovering from sport injury and in mental health screening protocols for student athletes.

Dr. Post is entering her twelfth season as the Team Psychologist and mental health consultant to the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to her sport related experience, Dr. Post is a certified clinician in internationally recognized treatments for depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, tolerating distress and interpersonal effectiveness and substance abuse and is a certified provider of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Francesco Dandekar, MD

Dr. Dandekar is the Associate Director of Sports Psychiatry and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Teamed with Dr. Noordsy, he helped to incorporate psychiatric services into Stanford's sports psychology program. During his residency and fellowship at Stanford, Dr. Dandekar focused on providing care to elite athletes and students utilizing a combination of lifestyle changes (sleep, nutrition, recovery), medication management, and psychotherapy. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, he earned a Regent's Scholarship to complete his M.D. at UC San Diego, where he received the American Academy of Neurology’s Prize for Excellence. He is an avid tennis fan and continues to play competitively.

Mehak Chopra, D.O.

Dr. Chopra is currently the first fellow at Stanford University in the Student Mental Health fellowship program. Her program involves working in a weekly clinic for student athletes. She graduated from residency in 2017 from Stony Brook University Hospital. She is currently a board member of the International Sports Psychiatry Organization. She is on the Board of Directors of the Healthy Mind Foundation.  She has presented posters at the American Psychiatric Association annual meetings and is certified in TMS. She is also working on writing a chapter for a book on early intervention in psychosis.

Her professional pursuit stems from her personal interest in playing sports such as tennis, badminton, racket ball and table tennis. She played for the varsity team in high school. In addition to tennis, she enjoys running and has participated in numerous races. 

Scott Kutscher, MD

 Dr. Kutscher is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. As a board certified Neurologist and Sleep Specialist, he has an understanding of the full spectrum of sleep disorders, with a special focus on sleep in human performance and neurodegenerative diseases. He has worked with individual athletes as well as teams on optimizing sleep to improve athletic performance, and conducted research as a PI or co-investigator on athletes in roles that have included recruitment, education, study design and execution, and data analysis.

Doug Noordsy, MD

Dr. Noordsy was instrumental in establishing psychiatric services within the Sports Psychiatry clinic. He edited and published the book “Lifestyle Psychiatry", an in-depth discussion about using exercise, diet and mindfulness to manage psychiatric disorders.” In his spare time, he is an avid endurance athlete who enjoys train running and competes in half-marathons and triathalons. 

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