The Catholic University of America

Carol R. Glass

Professor, Clinical Psychology



 326 O'Boyle Hall 202-319-5759

My research interests include sport psychology, mindfulness, anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy integration. I am especially interested in mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to alleviate anxiety and stress and to promote peak performance, and the role of cognition in anxiety experienced by nonclinical populations.

Together with Keith Kaufman and Tim Pineau, we have developed a mindfulness-based program for athletes and coaches. Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) trains athletes and coaches to approach their sport with mindful awareness and acceptance, which can lead to heightened performance and enjoyment. I recently collaborated on the first randomized-controlled trial of MSPE with NCAA Division III athletes, and have studied the effectiveness of MSPE training with student-athletes, recreational athletes in the community, and college athletic coaches. Our book on MSPE, published by APA Books in August 2017, serves as a comprehensive resource on the history, theory, and practice of mindfulness in sport.

 Finally, my research with Diane Arnkoff and our doctoral students has recently focused on the effectiveness of different types of mindfulness training for student stress (with a specific interest in cognitive change as a result of mindfulness interventions), mindfulness and psychological health in Veterans, and how therapists of varying theoretical orientations integrate new techniques (e.g., EMDR, DBT, CAMS) into their practice.


I am a member of the CUA Athletic Advisory Board as well as the Advisory Board of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). Additionally, I am a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Fellow of SEPI and of the American Psychological Association (Society of Clinical Psychology), and have a private practice in clinical psychology in Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC.



Ph.D., 1976, Indiana University, Clinical Psychology

M.A., 1974, Indiana University, Clinical Psychology

B.A., 1972, DePauw University, Major in Psychology


Selected Publications

Kaufman, K. A., Glass, C. R., & Pineau, T. R. (2018). Mindful sport performance enhancement: Mental training for athletes and coaches. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Kaufman, K. A., Glass, C. R., & Pineau, T. R. (in press). Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement. In I. Ivtzan (Ed.), The handbook of mindfulness-based programs: Every established intervention, from medicine to education. London, England: Routledge.

Wheeler, M. S., Glass, C. R., & Arnkoff, D. B. (in press). The effect of mindfulness and acupuncture on psychological health in Veterans. Mindfulness.

Mistretta, E. G., Glass, C. R., Spears, C. A., Perskaudas, R., Kaufman, K. A., & Hoyer, D. (2017). Collegiate athletes’ expectations and experiences with mindful sport performance enhancement.Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology11, 201-221.

Wheeler, M. S., Arnkoff, D. B., & Glass, C. R. (2017). The neuroscience of mindfulness: How mindfulness alters the brain and facilitates emotion regulation. Mindfulness:  Advance online publication.

Kaufman, K. A., Glass, C. R., & Pineau, T. R. (2016). Mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE): Development and applications. In A. Baltzell (Ed.), Mindfulness and performance (pp. 153-185). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hindman, R., Glass, C. R., Arnkoff, D. B., & Maron, D. D. (2015). A comparison of formal and informal mindfulness programs for stress reduction in university students. Mindfulness, 6, 873-884.

Pineau, T. R., Glass, C. R., & Kaufman, K. A. (2014). Mindfulness in sport performance. In A. Ie, C. T. Ngnoumen, & E. J. Langer (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell handbook of mindfulness (Vol. II, pp. 1004-1033)Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons. (pdf)

Pineau, T. R., Glass, C. R., Kaufman, K. A., & Bernal, D. R. (2014). Self- and team-efficacy beliefs of rowers and their relation to mindfulness and flow. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 8, 142-158.

Woodruff, S. C., Glass, C. R., Arnkoff, D. B., Crowley, K.J., Hindman, R. K., & Hirschhorn, E. W. (2014). Comparing self-compassion, mindfulness, and psychological inflexibility as predictors of psychological health. Mindfulness, 5, 410-421.(pdf)

Glass, C. R., Arnkoff, D. B., Woodruff, S. C., Maron, D. D., McMorran, K. E., Monahan, M. F., & Hirschhorn, E. W. (2013). Integrating mindfulness into different approaches to psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 48(2), 6-11.

Constantino, M. J., Glass, C. R., Arnkoff, D. B., Ametrano, R. M., & Smith, J. Z. (2011). Expectations. In J. C. Norcross (Ed.), Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence-based responsiveness (2nd ed., pp. 354-376). New York: Oxford University Press.

Thompson, R. W., Kaufman, K. A., De Petrillo, L. A., Glass, C. R., & Arnkoff, D. B. (2011). One year follow-up of Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) with archers, golfers, and runners. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 5, 99-116.

DiGiorgio, K., Glass, C. R., & Arnkoff, D. B. (2010). Therapists’ use of DBT: A survey study of clinical practice. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17, 213-221. (pdf)

Goldfried, M. R., Glass, C. R., & Arnkoff, D. B. (2010). Integrative approaches to psychotherapy. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, & D. K. Freedheim (Eds.), History of Psychotherapy: Continuity and change (2nd ed., pp. 269-296). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (pdf)

De Petrillo, L. A., Kaufman, K. A., Glass, C. R., & Arnkoff, D. B. (2009). Mindfulness for long-distance runners: An open trial using Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE). Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 3, 357-376.

Kaufman, K. A., Glass, C. R., & Arnkoff, D. B. (2009). An evaluation of Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE): A new mental training approach to promote flow in athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology3, 334-356. (pdf)

See Lab site for additional publications.


Recent courses

PSY 224 Psychology of Women and Men

PSY 373 Cognitive and Behavior Therapy (undergraduate)

PSY 745 Cognitive and Behavior Therapy (graduate)

PSY 908 Practicum in Psychotherapy