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Mark Mattesi

Assistant Professor

Emailmmattesi [at] desu.edu


  • Biopsychology, University of Michigan, 1994
  • Counseling, West Virginia University, 2002
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology, West Virginia University, 2002

Research Interests

My personal research area of interest is on aggression/anger-management. I am looking to expand on my dissertation work entitled, “The Effects of an Aggression-Management Training Intervention Program on Controlling Ice Hockey Player Penalty Minutes.”

My research specializes in observing collegiate ice hockey players’ aggressive behavior, and then intervening with a mental training regimen focused on controlling an ice hockey player’s hostile-reactive aggression. My research methods are both quantitative in collecting data using an Aggression-Management Training Intervention and qualitative using self-report data.

I developed a unique Aggression-Management Training Intervention Program focused on teaching athletes mental skills training in one-on-one counseling sessions. Mental training techniques consisting of positive self-talk, relaxation training, coping imagery, and developing an individualized aggression control plan are all part of the intervention. I utilize a biopsychosocial model of research, incorporating both a psychological skills training component along with a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach in my intervention.