The Ask the Authors feature of is a resource for general questions of sports development and experiences, and should not be used for urgent questions or as a substitute to seeking professional assistance.  A professional health care provider should always be consulted for specific questions and concerns.  Due to the volume of questions received not all questions submitted will be answered and individual responses are not possible.

Richard D. Ginsburg, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard D. Ginsburg is the Co-Director of the MGH PACES Institute of Sport Psychology and a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. A clinical psychologist and sport psychology consultant, Dr. Ginsburg offers a broad range of clinical services to children, adolescents and adults and conducts youth and professional sport research. Over the course of the past 10 years, Dr. Ginsburg has served as a sports psychology consultant for the Harvard Menís Lacrosse, Womenís Soccer, Menís and Womenís Water Polo and Womenís Ice Hockey Teams as well as the U16 and 17 Womenís National Soccer Team (2007). He is also a member of the US Lacrosse Safety and Science Committee. Dr. Ginsburg provides talks and consultations nationally to youth, high school, and collegiate athletic programs. He is an experienced athlete at the high school and college levels having played lacrosse and soccer at Kenyon College, where he won all-conference and all-Midwest honors. He is also a former independent school student, teacher and coach.

Stephen Durant, Ed.D.

Dr. Durant is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he is a training supervisor in child psychiatry and a psychologist for Parents in Challenging Times (PACT), a program providing support and consultation for families struggling with cancer. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Durant has more than 25 years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as expertise in neuropsychological assessment. A member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School, he has counseled adolescent and adult athletes throughout his career, provided leadership, training, and program development support to the Boys and Girls Club, and has given local talks and workshops to high school and club sport teams on performance enhancement and character development. He is an experienced athlete and coach, an avid rugby player, and father of four.