Advisory Board

The IOC Diploma in Mental Health in Elite Sport is awarded by the International Olympic Committee. 

The program operates under the academic oversight of an international Academic Advisory Board, who will advise on and be responsible for all aspects of academic standards, including quality assurance of course content and moderation of student assessment. 

Program Directors

Claudia L. Reardon, USA


Claudia L. Reardon, MD completed her undergraduate and medical school degrees as well as her psychiatry residency training, serving as Chief Resident, at the University of Wisconsin. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist specializing in sports psychiatry. Dr. Reardon is an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) Department of Psychiatry, through which she does significant amounts of teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows. She clinically works as the consulting sports psychiatrist to the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department at UW-Madison’s University Health Services.

Dr. Reardon has served on the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) Board of Directors since 2010, currently as its Education Committee Chair. She also serves as the sole psychiatrist on the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Dr. Reardon Co-Chairs the workgroup "Mental Health in Elite Athletes" for the International Olympic Committee. She has published and presented widely on a number of sports psychiatry related topics and is co-editor of the book "Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective".

Brian Hainline, USA


Brian Hainline, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As the NCAA’s first Chief Medical Officer, Brian oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development. The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and centers of excellence across the United States. For over 30 years, Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine, including serving as Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships and the United States Tennis Association. He is co-author of Drugs and the Athlete, and played a pivotal role in the rollout of drug testing and education worldwide; he is co-editor of the recently published medical book Sports Neurology and co-author of Concussion: What Do I Do Now. Brian served as co-chair of two IOC consensus meetings: (1) pain management in elite athletes, and (2) mental health in elite athletes. Brian is Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine.

Vincent Gouttebarge, Netherlands


Former professional footballer (14 seasons in France and The Netherlands; 232 games; 2x ACLR; 2x concussion)

Chief Medical Officer of FIFPRO (Football Players Worldwide), that represents more than 100,000 active and retired professional footballers around the globe.

A/Professor at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Chair of IOC Mental Health Working Group.

Academic Advisory Board

Abhinav Bindra (athlete representative), India

Abhinav Bindra’s journey to become the first and only Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold, and the first Indian to win a World Championship Gold in Air Rifle Shooting is an example of a single-minded quest for perfection. His victory at Beijing was not just a personal one, it broke a sporting barrier that had haunted a nation for a Century. Born in Dehradun, he has won over a 150 individual medals in a career for India that lasted over twenty years. His last Olympics were in Rio in 2016 where he finished 4th. Recipient of the Arjuna Award, the youngest recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Mr. Bindra was also conferred with India’s 3rd highest civilian Award, the Padma Bhushan in 2009. He was also conferred with a title of (Hony) Lt.Col. in the Territorial Army. For his exceptional services to the Sport, he was awarded with the Blue Cross in 2018 by the International Shooting Sport Federation, which is the ISSF’s highest honour in the World. Post his retirement from active sport, he founded the Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centres, which are state-of-the-art Performance and Medical Rehabilitation facilities. He also established the Abhinav Bindra Foundation which supports athletes from various sports with cutting edge Sports Science and guides them towards being the best they can be and supporting thousands of athletes. Mr. Bindra chaired the ISSF Athletes Committee for 8 years and is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission.

Alan Currie, United Kingdom

Currie.jpgAlan is a Consultant Psychiatrist in a specialist centre for treatment and research in mood disorders in Newcastle, UK. He is also visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His has published widely including editing a textbook on Social Inclusion and Mental Health (2010) and a highly commended handbook of Sports Psychiatry in 2016. He was founder and chair (2016-20) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) and is a member of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry (ISSP). He joined the International Olympic Committee mental health working group in 2018. In 2019 he was appointed to the Mental Health Expert Panel of the English Institute of Sport.

David McDuff, USA

dduff.jpgDavid R. McDuff, M.D. is the long-time sports psychiatrist and mental preparation trainer for the MLB Baltimore Orioles (1996-present) and NFL Baltimore Ravens (1996-2013) and more recently the Performance Medicine Physician for the NFL Indianapolis Colts (2015-2018).  He is also the author of the 2012 book “Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance & Peak Performance”.  He was recently appointed (2018) to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus Panel and Work Group on Mental Health in Elite Athletes. He works with athletes and teams at all competitive levels providing specialized services including player selection, team building, life balance, stress control, performance enhancement, mental preparation, energy recovery, injury rehabilitation, pain management, sleep medicine, substance prevention, and mental disorders treatment. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore USA where he serves as the Director of its Sports Psychiatry Program. 

Margo Mountjoy, Canada

Mountjoy.jpgProfessor Mountjoy is a clinician scientist.  She received her medical education and her family medicine training at McMaster University, Canada.  She obtained her sports medicine specialty degree from CASEM in Ottawa, Canada and is the Clinical and Academic Lead at the Health & Performance Centre at the University of Guelph since 1988 where she has focussed her practice on promoting elite athlete care and physical activity promotion in the general population. In addition, Margo has acted as the national team physician for Synchro Canada for 20 years as well as for Athletics Canada, National Triathlon and Wrestling Canada team training centres. Margo is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Family Medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University where she teaches sports medicine and is the Assistant Dean of Waterloo Regional Campus. Margo is a member of the IOC Working Group in Mental Health in Athletes.  She is also the Chair of the ASOIF Medical Consultative Group and a member of the IOC Medical Commission Games Group, and the WADA Health Medicine and Research Committee. Her interest in mental health is embedded in her work in the field of harassment + abuse in sport. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee Working Group on the Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport, and has collaborated with FINA, unicef, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine.

Rosemary Purcell, Australia

Purcell.jpgRosie is the Director of Research & Translation at Orygen, Australia’s centre of excellence in early intervention and youth mental health. She is a registered psychologist and leads the Elite Sports and Mental Health research and consulting program at Orygen. She is also the Deputy Head of Department for the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne. Rosie’s research focuses on understanding the prevalence and nature of mental health problems in high performance sport, and optimal strategies for improving and maximising mental health and wellbeing in both elite and community sporting environments. She is interested in whole of organisation (‘systems’) approaches to improving mental health in sport and has worked with a number of elite and professional sports in Australia to support their work in developing early intervention frameworks for mental health. She has over 130 publications and is Managing Editor of the journal Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

Niccolo Campriani (athlete representative), Switzerland

Niccolo’ (Nicco) Campriani is a former Italian sport shooter and a three times Olympic champion between London 2012 and Rio 2016. In his sport career, which lasted sixteen years, he fired over 400,000 shots, the last of which was at the Olympic final in Rio 2016. As a NCAA student-athlete, Nicco became a nominee for the Capital One Academic All-America First Team in 2011: among the top 15 student-athletes in America’s colleges. Afterward, as a Sport Engineer, he had the chance to work for Ferrari and designed and developed his own air rifle, the same prototype that he used to win the gold medal at Rio 2016. Nicco is currently working at the International Olympic Committee as Senior Sports Intelligence Manager, and in his spare time he trains a trio of refugee athletes, helping them to reach the minimum qualifying score for Tokyo 2020.

Cheri Blauwet, USA

cheri.jpgCheri Blauwet, MD is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She serves as Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralypmic Games (Sydney '00, Athens '04, Beijing '08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons. Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. Blauwet now serves as a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019 she was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” community leaders. She has become a global advocate for the use of sport and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles for all individuals with disabilities.


Margot Putukian, USA