Dr. Michael Elliott Gerson has worked with a diverse range of soldier-athlete-clinical populations in the field of performance, sport, military, health, and clinical psychology. Currently, Dr. Gerson is the Assistant Fieldwork Director and Intern Supervisor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. He teaches clinical psychology, sport/performance psychology, and contemplative courses at John F. Kennedy University and sport psychology classes at San Jose State University. Dr. Gerson has been a professor since 2006 and graduate school instructor since 2013.
In addition to working in academia, Dr. Gerson is the CEO and owner of Mind Gearz Performance Coaching, a high-performance consulting business. His goal is to help people improve their performance in their areas of passion and/or profession, as well as their overall well-being. Moreover, Dr. Gerson is the Director of Mental Skills at Mission 6 Zero, a tribe of performance experts that merge Special Operations Forces veterans with Behavioral Science Practitioners /Researchers. This elite performance company takes proven U.S. Special Forces strategies and blends them with human performance sciences to teach mental and emotional skill-building tactics.
From 2014-2017, Michael served as the Mental Skills Director for the Seattle Mariners. There he provided individual, small group, team, departmental, and organizational mental skills education, training, and application for performance excellence. Dr. Gerson worked for the United States Army from 2006 to 2014 where he designed and executed performance enhancement programs with some of the nation’s most elite warfighters. The primary focus of these programs was to train the mental skills necessary to elevate and sustain peak performance in rugged and high-risk environments. His primary responsibilities included providing mastery and group performance coaching along with comprehensive strength building strategies in the pursuit of personal and professional excellence. Michael has trained thousands of soldiers from various professional specialties including: Special Forces Operators, Snipers, Military Police, Combative Instructors, Drill Sergeants, Wounded Warriors, and many more.
Dr. Gerson earned his Doctoral Degree in Clinical and Sport Psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona and holds a master’s degree in Health and Exercise from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He played a variety of sports and earned a scholarship to play college baseball at a NAIA Division school in Nebraska. He was named an All-American twice and has played baseball in eight foreign countries. Dr. Gerson has coached baseball at almost every level, from young children to the college and international ranks. Over the last 20 years, he has been engaged in training his own mind, heart, and spirit through daily meditation practices and recently has taken up Tai Chi.
During his free time, Michael enjoys camping, hiking, reading, exercising, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his family. He currently lives in Fremont, California with his partner of 7 years, Christina (The Comedian) and their four children, Noah (The Helper), Zyana (The Athlete), Chloe (The Chef), and little Max-AKA Jabba the Cheeks.