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Athletic Medicine Office Bio
Shawn Zeplin
Director of Behavior Health
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Behavior Health
Alma Mater: Muhlenberg College '04
Phone: (919) 684-0799

Shawn Zeplin earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 2013. During his time as doctoral student Shawn worked within the University of Denver Department of Athletics as well as several other University Counseling Centers.  Prior to that, he completed a M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2009 and B.A. in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in 2004, where he was a member of the wrestling team. 

Shawn is currently responsible for providing psychological services to the Duke University Athletic Department student athletes and staff. These services include mental health issues as well as those focused on injuries, rehabilitation, communication, group dynamics, and career transition. He also conducts educational seminars and classes for Athletic Department teams and staff and is responsible for assessing and intervening in crisis situations.

Prior to coming to Duke, Shawn had spent the previous 3 years at Auburn University where he developed the in house counseling and psychological services program for Auburn Athletics.  Prior to Auburn, Shawn worked at Illinois State University where he worked in the Department of Athletics, the University Counseling Center and taught as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Kinesiology.  He also previously worked with Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes (PROS) at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Denver’s Department of Athletics and Recreation.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry. Shawn is active in professional organizations including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP); and has served on the Student Development Committee for AASP and as a member of the Science Committee of APA Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology). Shawn has presented both nationally and internationally on the topics of collegiate student athletes mental health and performance, sport psychology student development and youth sport development. He was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Student Practice Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for excellence in applied sport psychology. 

A native of Ashland, PA, Shawn is married to his wife, Jennifer and they have one son, Carson.


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