Professional Resume

Jon Skidmore, Psy.D

Licensed Psychologist


1992 Psy.D. -- Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois
Dissertation: "The experience of the Peak Performance with Performing Artists"
1986 M.Ed. -- Counseling and Guidance, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1984 B.S. -- Psychology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah


1993 to present
  Performance Coach
Teach individuals, groups, and teams the psychological skills of peak performance. Specialize in performance anxiety and goal achievement. Author of, "How to Win the Mental Game on Stage!", "Are There Really Rattlesnakes in Your Sandbox?" and "Relax the body/Focus the Mind."
1992 to present
  Brigham Young University School of Music — Part-time Faculty
Teach "The Psychology of Music Performance" class focusing on the mental skills of peak performance.
July 2011 to September 2011
  New Roads Treatment Centers, Orem, Utah — Clinical Director
Oversaw the therapeutic services for a 30-bed residential treatment center with a specialty of treating addicts with a dual diagnosis. Clinical services were provided in the context of a therapeutic community.
November 2010 to June 2011
  I Promise, Orem, Utah — Clinical Director
Responsibilities included: Program development, intern supervision, ASAM assessments and mental health interviews, as well as group and individual therapy.
May 2010 to October 2010
  Golden Spike Re-entry Program, Utah County — Mental Health Consultant and Service Provider
Conducted drug and alcohol assessments, developed programs and designed individual and group therapy for men and women who had recently been released from the county jail.
1993 to September 2010
  Developmental Consultant — Head Start, Utah County
Conducted developmental assessments, parent consultations and classroom observations to address classroom, behavioral and developmental concerns for children between the ages of three and five.


Broomhead, P., Skidmore, J. B. Eggett, D. L., & Mills, M. M., (2012). The effect of mental trigger words on the expressive performance of junior high age singers. Journal of Research in Music Education
Broomhead, P., Skidmore, J. B., Eggett, D. L., & Mills, M. M., (2010). The effect of positive mindset trigger words on the expressive performance of non-expert adult singers. Contributions to Music Education, 37(2), 65-85.


Creating the Recovery Mindset
Relax the Body/Focus the Mind
The Five Part Performance Assessment
Are There Really Rattle Snakes in Your Sandbox!
The Missing Link in the Training of Performing Artists
Teaching the Five Stages of Peak Performance
The Nine Point Parenting Tune Up

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