Leslie Sherlin, PhD studies the brains of people making decisions — very, good decisions. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on the neuroscience of high performance, having spent his career pursuing the answer to one simple question:
Why is one person so naturally gifted while others try so much harder — only to fall short?
Music. Math. Sports. Some have a knack while the rest of us struggle. Twenty years, five advanced degrees, and 35,000 evaluations later, Sherlin has found his answer in the electrical patterns of the brain and psychological processes.
Sherlin has founded a number of different companies and holds full time and adjunct academic appointments.Most notable among them, he is the Lead Faculty for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ottawa University’s Surprise, Arizona campus and he is the Co-founder and Science Officer of Neuro Therapeutics, a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance.
He holds academic appointments in addition to Ottawa University as Senior Doctoral Dissertation Chair at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, Assistant Adjunct Research Faculty at Northern Arizona University and is Clinical Faculty and Adjunct Associate Professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, Arizona.
He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2000) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (2003), and PhD in Psychology (2008) from Capella University, Minneapolis. In 2013 he completed a PhD re-specialization and post-doctoral fellowship in Sport & Performance Psychology. In 2018 he completed a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy from Ottawa University, Phoenix.
Sherlin is a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance. He has led research partnerships with Red Bull’s High Performance Center, USA Track & Field, US military Special Operations Forces and more, to discover what the brains of the most high performing people were doing and help them do more of it.
Dr. Sherlin’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Sports Illustrated, CNN, ESPN, CBS, Popular Science, Outdoor Magazine and more. He is also a sought-after public speaker, with 100's of hours on stage around the world. He continues to keep his hands in the work providing sport and performance consulting and brain training services to individuals and teams.
Dr. Sherlin is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, certified by the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology, certified at the Diplomat level in quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) and is BCIA Board Certified both in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. He is certified in equine assisted learning and therapy by the Equine Assisted Learning and Growth Association and is Board Certified as a Diplomat in Quantitative Electrophysiology. He has served on the board of directors for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology in a number of elected positions including the president/chairman.