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Dr. Bradley Hack

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Dr. Bradley Hack received his B.A. with High Honors from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude from Michigan State University. He started his career as a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center at UNC, Chapel Hill and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UNC School of Medicine before going into private practice. He has been treating adolescents, adults and athletes in his practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Hack is also one of the nation’s leading Sport Psychologists. Since 2001 he has been the Director of Sport Psychology for the Athletic Department at the University of North Carolina. In addition to his work with Division I athletes, he has also worked with professional teams and athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, WNBA, USWNT, as well as members of the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams. He also serves as a treating clinician for the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.

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Dr. Hack has taken a leadership role in promoting the field of psychology at both state and national levels. He was recently elected as President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Sport Psychology. In this role, Dr. Hack will serve as the voice of sport psychologists nationwide as they work towards educating the general public about the importance of psychology in sport. Dr. Hack has been instrumental in establishing sport psychology as a Proficiency within the APA. His role as President builds upon what he started more than a decade ago as one of four sport psychologists selected to co-author the national guidelines for the practice of sport psychology. Dr. Hack has also served on APA’s Division of Sport Psychology’s Executive Committee, and as the Chairperson of the Division’s Education Committee. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology and his work has been published in The Sport Psych Handbook (2005). Closer to home, Dr. Hack has been elected twice to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Psychological Association and was appointed as its Federal Advocacy Coordinator.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, for seven years Dr. Hack was the Head Teaching Pro for junior teams and high school players at a number of private tennis clubs in metro Detroit. In college, he was a member of the University of Michigan Ski Team. Despite his vast sports knowledge, he has yet to defeat his son in fantasy football or his daughter in fantasy basketball. Outside the office, he continues to coach his kids’ softball and basketball teams, loves staying in shape with Crossfit and boxing, and is still trying to competently surf the fast breaking waves on the East Coast.

Dr. Hayley Hughes

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Dr. Hayley Hughes earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University. At Cornell, she was a four-year, Division I, Varsity Ice Hockey player, with two Frozen Four appearances. Dr. Hughes received her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University, where she molded her academic emphasis on sport psychology in both research and counseling settings. 

Dr. Hughes completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the University of Oklahoma. She worked for the Athletic Department within the Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes (PROS) clinic. Dr. Hughes provided individual counseling and team workshops to Oklahoma Varsity student-athletes. She completed her Post-Doctoral Residency at Cornell University’s Counseling and Psychological Resources (CAPS), where she also collaborated with the Athletics Department, consulting with staff, and providing clinical and performance psychology to individual student-athletes and their teams.  

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In her work at Carolina Strategies, Dr. Hughes works with a variety of client concerns, particularly issues related to adolescent/athlete identity development, other identity concerns (e.g., women's issues), transition and adjustment, anxiety, perfectionism, and interpersonal relationships (e.g., friends, romantic partners, family). Beyond her work locally, Dr. Hughes is involved in the field of sport psychology on a national level. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, including Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology).  

Dr. Hughes has continued to engage in sport after her collegiate career, albeit not quite at the same level of fitness, including hockey, softball, HIIT training, and running. She has competed in multiple races, including a full marathon. She enjoys the outdoors (e.g., hiking, trail running), but also balances out intense activity by relaxing with a novel or a crime/drama Netflix series. Dr. Hughes also considers herself an expert movie quoter, and enjoys live comedy and music.

Dr. Colin Iwanski

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Dr. Colin Iwanski earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). While in graduate school, Dr. Iwanski worked with several professional, collegiate, and Olympic teams, including the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, the UIC Men's Baseball and Women's Basketball teams, and USA Weightlifting, providing performance enhancement, consultation, and clinical services. Dr. Iwanski completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship at Student Counseling Services at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he also collaborated with the Athletics Department, providing clinical and performance enhancement services to students and staff.

Dr. Iwanski has worked with a wide range of clinical issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, ADHD, personality disorders, LGBTQ+ concerns, autism spectrum disorders, interpersonal communication problems, and sleep difficulties.

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He practices from an evidence-based perspective, incorporating cognitive and behavioral strategies, in addition to mindfulness and interpersonal approaches. Dr. Iwanski seeks to empower clients to better understand themselves while assisting them to strengthen the skills they need to improve performance both on and off the field. Dr. Iwanski is a member of APA Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Dr. Iwanski is a native of North Carolina and enjoys spending time with his wife and dog in the beautiful wilds of our state, as well as competing with friends and family in all manner of games. Dr. Iwanski is a lover of artistic expression, especially music. He still finds time to perform on stage as the lead singer for his Nashville-based band.

Dr. Brendan Carr

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Dr. Brendan Carr earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a proud “Double ‘Dawg” earning both a master’s degree in Professional Community Counseling and doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia.

He serves as a Sport Psychologist within the UNC Department of Sports Medicine, providing both performance enhancement and mental health services to UNC student-athletes. He also works with professional athletes in Track & Field, NFL, MLB, MLS, NWSL, and several Junior Olympic and National Teams. Prior to coming back to UNC, Brendan spent three years at Penn State University as a Staff Psychologist and the primary mental health provider to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Brendan is a licensed psychologist, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sport Psychology Registry, external consultant for the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) and member of the advisory board for the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA). Outside of work, Brendan enjoys hiking adventures with his two Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, working out, and supporting Carolina athletics.