Sara Hickmann

By April 27, 2017Advisory Council


Clinical and Performance Psychologist, Behavioral Health / Human Performance Program, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE

Dr. Sara Hickmann is currently a Clinical and Performance Psychologist
for the Behavioral Health / Human Performance Program of Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. Previously, Dr. Hickmann served as a Clinical Counselor for the Fleet and Family Support Center at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, CA where she provided clinical support services to service members and their family members, including members of the Navy SEALS. Prior to this, Dr. Hickmann was the Clinical and Sport Psychologist on the medical staff of the New York Jets Football (2009-2014) and the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Team (2010-2014). In addition to her work with the teams, Dr. Hickmann had a private practice with offices in New York City and Morristown, New Jersey. She remains affiliated with Atlantic Sports Health, a division of Morristown Memorial Hospital. She was also a member of the Behavioral Health Team for LaPalestra, The Center for Preventative Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Hickmann served as the Director of Player Assistance Services in the Player Development Department at the National Football League from 2004-2009. In this role, she coordinated a number of their core programs, including Continuing Education, Life Skills, Internships, Financial Education, Players Assistance, and the player evaluations for the Personal Conduct Policy. Dr. Hickmann received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, her M.A. in Sport Psychology from San Diego State, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and is currently a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Dr. Hickmann worked in college athletics for approximately 15 years: she was the academic advisor for the football team at San Diego State University, was a Health Educator in the Athletics Department at the University of Virginia, and coordinated the academic program for the Athletics Department at the University of San Diego. Dr. Hickmann’s doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Impulsivity as Predictor of Athletic Success and Negative Consequences in NFL Football Players.”