Sheryll M. Casuga, Psy.D. is a California Licensed Psychologist (License#: PSY 26048) and a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP#: 330).
Dr. Casuga is passionate about the mental aspects of optimal performance and the unique needs of individuals in different performance situations. Her approach to sport psychology training emphasizes on scientific, empirically-validated methods to enhance performance while integrating new, innovative techniques based on her thorough assessment of the individual’s strengths, performance style, and motivational needs. Moreover, Dr. Casuga believes in a holistic approach to enhancing performance.
Dr. Casuga was born and raised in the Philippines where she played basketball from high school to collegiate-level. Dr. Casuga earned a Bachelor of Sport Science degree from the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) of the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UP Diliman). Dr. Casuga immigrated to the United States in 2001 and worked in the fitness industry for ten years as a fitness manager, athletic trainer, and fitness specialist in several gyms and athletic clubs in San Francisco, including 24 Hour Fitness, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center, Diakadi Body, and The San Francisco Tennis Club.
As a graduate student, Dr. Casuga enjoyed being an advocate of sport psychology that she was conducting lectures, seminars, workshops, and television appearance in California and the Philippines to promote awareness of sport psychology. Dr. Casuga was awarded by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology with the inaugural Student Diversity Award in 2008 for her service and commitment to addressing diversity in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Casuga earned a Master of Arts in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (JFK University) in Pleasant Hill, California in 2009.
In 2011, Dr. Casuga earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from JFK University. She received the distinction of “Outstanding Dissertation Award” for her research entitled the Filipino Athlete’s Experience of the Bahala Na Attitude in International Sporting Competition.” Her dissertation was selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a poster presentation during the 25th anniversary of Division 47: Sport and Exercise Division at the 2011 APA Convention in Washington, District of Columbia. In addition, Dr. Casuga was given international recognition for her dissertation as the recipient of the 2011 Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP) Atsushi Fujita Research Student Scholarship which was presented to her at the 6th ASPASP International Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.