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Dr. Angel Brutus is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Synergistic Solutions, a clinical, sport and performance consulting firm designed to curate professional development experiences for high performance professionals across multiple performance domains.


Dr. Brutus has developed a reputation for serving as a subject matter expert regarding the intersection of culturally-responsive, ethical and legal practices necessary for successfully engaging in the field of counseling and sport performance psychology.  Her penchant for ethically inclusive practices have served as the bedrock for her involvement and development of organizational best practices, guidelines, policies, and procedures in various organizational systems.

She is known for her interpersonal leadership style that curates meaningful identity-affirming experiences necessary for navigating various high stress, high performance environments.  Many of Dr. Brutus' mentees and supervisees have successfully assisted organizations with developing and maintaining sustainable counseling and sport performance psychology programs within athletic departments across the United States.  Her work has since transcended the world of sports, into other performance domains to include, but not limited to: corporations, performing arts and entertainment.





Dr. Brutus earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and her Master of Science in Counseling (Rehabilitation Counseling)  from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Throughout her undergraduate and graduate training, Dr. Brutus served in multiple roles within the university system, to include the Registrar and Assistant Registrar's office, increasing knowledge and understanding of academic requirements necessary for successful degree completion.  In addition to the many years of Registrar services, Dr. Brutus was also a member of the University of Tennessee's athletics culture, supporting Olympic sports and Football under the direction of multiple championship-winning athletics directors, coaches, and stakeholders.

After successfully managing a private practice, Dr. Brutus subsequently returned to learning and earned her Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies (now known as the University of Arizona Global Campus).  Her experience as a hybrid (in-person and online) doctoral student fortified her approach to supporting and mentoring emerging professionals in the field of counseling and sport-performance psychology who may desire a sense of community, engagement, and identity-affirming approaches to this highly competitive profession.




  • American Psychological Association - Division 47 Secretary/Treasurer (Executive Committee)

  • California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors - Board Member

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology - Professional Standards Division Head (Executive Board)

  • Board Certified TeleMental Health Credential - Ethics Advisory Council

  • “Mental Health and Sports” 

  • “How to Prioritize Mental Health as an Elite Athlete” 

  • USA Track and Field Elite Athlete Wellness and Performance Optimization 

  • “Emerging Professionals in Sport Performance Psychology: Values, Brand, Goal Attainment”

  • “Olympian and Paralympian Mental Health and Wellbeing” 

  • “Prisoners of War – Athletes Affected by International Conflict” 

  • “Pro Athlete Mental Health: A conversation with mental health and performance pros” 

  • “Mental Health Gatekeeper Training for Mental Performance Consultants”  

  • “Systemic Mental Health Literacy: Using Mental Health First Aid® in Sport” 

  • “Black and Blossomed: Liberation and Mindfulness-Based Psychological Services for Black Womxn Athletes” 


  • O'Hara, D. (2020, August 27). Athletes protesting social injustice get support from sport psychologists. American  Psychological Association. 

  • Brutus, A. & Yousuf, S. (2019). Meeting student-athletes where they are: counseling and psychological services for  student-athletes of diverse backgrounds. In M. Loughran (Ed.) Counseling and Psychological Services for Student Athletes. Fitness Information Technology, Inc.  

  • Taylor, J., Brutus, A. (2019). Part 1: Mental Training - Goal Setting. In J. Taylor (Ed.) Comprehensive applied sport  psychology. Routledge. 

  • Taylor, J., Simpson, D. & Brutus, A. (2017). Interviewing: Asking the right questions. In J. Taylor (Ed.) Assessment in  Sport Psychology Consulting. Human Kinetics, Inc.  

  • Tibbetts, E., Longshore, K., Cooper, R., Lipsky, S., Brutus, A. (2017). Athlete activism: Supporting the athlete in  society. SportPsych Works, 5(3), 1-2.

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