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Craig W. Cypher, Psy.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-9200

Office: (585) 341-9200

Fax: (585) 388-0502

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Dr. Cypher's expertise in sport psychology includes mental skills for elite performance, psychological aspects of injury recovery, and clinical issues for athlete populations. Trained under United States Olympic Committee and former Chicago Bears Sport Psychologist Dr. Gloria Balague, Dr. Cypher currently works with individual athletes, teams, and athletic organizations in the Rochester, NY area and throughout North America. His philosophy is that Sport Psychology services can help athletes and teams develop the optimal mindset for performance, including the key skills of focus, resilience, confidence, and teamwork.

Professional Background

Dr. Cypher is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist with UR Medicine Orthopaedics and Physical Performance. He is the only New York State Licensed Psychologist in the Greater Rochester area to also be recognized as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant®, as administered by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Cypher has over a decade of experience working as a psychologist with youth, high school, college, and professional athletes and their families. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he serves as a Sport Psychologist, heads up Performance Psychology within the department, and is the Lead of the Mindset Training program for UR Medicine Fitness Science, a multidisciplinary program for holistic athlete development. Dr. Cypher is a member of the American Psychological Association's Division for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is listed in the Sport Psychology Registry for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Dr. Cypher received his Bachelor's Degree from Boston College, with a double major in psychology and english and received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.



PSYD | Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2002 - 08/31/2003
Internship in Clinical Psychology at The Menta Group