Yolanda Brooks, Psy.D.
Founder & Principal
Sports Life Transitions Programs
Dr. Yolanda Bruce Brooks is the founder and principal of Sports Life Transitions Programs. As a clinically-trained entrepreneurial psychologist with a psychology certification from the National Health Service, Dr. Brooks has extensive experience in designing, implementing and managing healthy lifestyle and transitioning programs as well as treating adjustment to disabling conditions through platforms such as employee and family assistance programs.
Dr. Brooks’ experience working with individuals performing in high-profile and high-stress situations includes her current and former roles with the National Football League (NFL)—both at the league and team levels—as well as her former role with the National Basketball Association (NBA). At the NFL, Dr. Brooks was responsible for the assessment, development and implementation of a nationally recognized model program for the world-famous Dallas Cowboys wherein she served as director of the program for more than seven years. At the NBA, she was responsible for providing day-to-day support to the league’s team-level player programs and initiatives and operating as an intervention specialist for critical issues and incidents. She continues her work as a psychological consultant to NBA and NFL teams, coaches, players and their families, specializing in the development and implementation of performance-based programs for players with unique needs.
Dr. Brooks also has a lengthy history as a professional development and clinical consultant to corporate and sports executives, professional and amateur athletes, the military, their families and numerous organizations. She has served in the capacity of educational instructor, personal coach and transition specialist and has extensive experience in designing and implementing programs that address workplace and lifestyle issues while educating, training and guiding individuals toward healthier attitudes and goal-directed behaviors.
As a former athlete, she can relate to many of the challenges experienced by athletes and consequently offers a very unique sports perspective. For more than 10 years, her well-known Sports Life Transitions Program has addressed the needs of athletes transitioning into retirement. In recent years, she has expanded her programming to include health education and wellness seminars for youth sports parents and student-athletes in middle school through college. As an author and expert in transitioning family/workplace/lifestyle issues and treating adjustment to disabling conditions, Dr. Brooks’ approach to educating, training and motivating a diverse clientele has made her a frequently requested speaker and media resource.
A graduate of The Ohio State University (B.S., Occupational Therapy) and Wright State University (Psy.D., Clinical Psychology), she is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Health Service Providers. Dr. Brooks and her husband Durado Brooks, M.D, a physician executive for one of the nation’s major medical societies, are the proud parents of three children—all of whom are athletes.