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Dr. David Coppel is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research at the University of Washington Sports Concussion Program, located at both Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital. He works as a Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Sport Psychologist in his current positions. He is a Clinical Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he has provided clinical supervision to graduate students, psychology residents and post-doctoral fellows for over two decades.

Since 1996, Dr. Coppel has been the Consulting Neuropsychologist and Clinical/Sport Psychologist for the Seattle Seahawks. In his work at the Sports Concussion Program, he provides consultation regarding sports concussions to a number of high school, college and professional sports teams. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Coppel has specialized in clinical sport psychology and performance psychology and provided consultation to athletes, performers, and coaches at the amateur, collegiate, Olympic, and professional levels of competition. Dr. Coppel has been listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Register since its inception in the 1980s and served as the Sport Psychologist for the United States Figure Skating Team at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He currently serves on the USFS Sports Medicine/Sport Science Committee and has coordinated Sport Psychology services and presentations at Elite Sports Science Camps and Team USA/Champs Camps in the past. He currently serves on the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Leadership Committee. He is a Certified Consultant in Sport Psychology through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Dr. Coppel has numerous publications in the areas of sport neuropsychology and sport psychology, covering such topics as the effects of coaching behaviors on athletes, performance enhancement techniques, relationship issues in athletes, psychological factors of exercise, the role of sport psychology in dealing with sports injury and recovery, and the use of neuropsychological tests in sports concussion. In his current work at the University of Washington Sports Concussion Program, Dr. Coppel continues his strong involvement in the evaluation of the cognitive and emotional aspects of sport concussion, research regarding the sports concussion recovery factors, and the role of neurocognitive factors such as attention, concentration and focus in sports performance.

Contact Information

Dr. David Coppel

David B. Coppel, PhD
Department of Neurological Surgery
Box 359766
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
Appointments: 206-744-1710 – Sandy Thompson
Clinic Phone: 206-744-8000

  1. Charter Member, APA Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology)
  2. Charter Member, Sports Neuropsychology Society
  3. Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  4. Fellow, Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association
  5. Listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Register since its inception (1984)

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