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Rick Aberman, Ph.D.


With a focus on leadership development and sustained optimal performance, Rick Aberman works primarily with business executives and management teams throughout North America, as well as athletes, coaches and teams at the collegiate and professional levels.

A pioneer in the emerging area of emotional intelligence, Dr. Aberman’s programs for integrating emotional intelligence into corporations and sports organizations are recognized as ‘the model’ in the field.

Dr. Aberman travels extensively to observe and consult with leaders and teams on issues related to effective leadership, communication, team dynamics and sustained optimal performance in business and sports. He also specializes in the areas of talent development, recruitment and assessment.

A well-respected consultant to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Aberman recently co-authored a book with John Anderson, Head Baseball Coach, titled, Why Good Coaches Quit: How to Deal with the Other Stuff.

He is a member of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Minnesota State High School League. He also maintains a private practice in sports psychotherapy, and works as a corporate consultant and executive coach.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Aberman became one of the first psychologists in the country to be hired as a member of an athletic department staff. While at the university, he initiated a program designed specifically to meet the needs of the highly competitive student-athlete.

Through his earlier research, Dr. Aberman is also recognized as an expert in the area of family business dynamics. He consults regularly with family- run corporations and has been a member of the Family Firm Institute since its inception, also serving on its board of directors.

Dr. Aberman is a founding partner of Think2Perform, a leadership consulting firm that specializes in helping individuals and organizations achieve sustained optimal performance. He resides in Minneapolis, Minn.