Director of Sports and Mental Performance
Dr. Claypool is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of athletes, eating disorders, and trauma. He graduated from the University of the Rockies in 2010 and was licensed in 2011. In his postdoctoral residency, he was supervised in the treatment of eating disorders and psychological assessment. After obtaining licensure Dr. Claypool worked from 2011 through 2018 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) as a Staff Psychologist in the Wellness Center, an integrated health clinic, and operated a private practice where he worked with military dependents and families. At UCCS he served as the lead clinician for an integrated eating disorder team and also served as the liaison for a NCAA Division II Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. His work included coordinating care with coaches, physicians, and personal trainers, helping coaches decide when to return athletes to practice, what training stress is indicated, recovery from injury, anxiety and mood issues, and performance enhancement. Dr. Claypool has worked with athletes from several sports including track and field, judo, wrestling, ultra trail running, swimming, ballet and dance, Olympic weight lifting, golf, baseball, softball, and soccer and across several skill levels from resident athletes at the Olympic Training Center and college athletes to young athletes beginning in their sport. Dr. Claypool was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2014. Since then he has obtained training in EMDR for addictive disorders, complex trauma, sexual trauma, and attachment-related injuries. Dr. Claypool utilizes a trauma- and attachment-informed perspective approach to treatment and recovery and integrates several therapeutic modalities. From 2015 through 2018 he served on the Task Force to Give Guidance on Addressing Sexual Assault of the American College Health Association, which included publication of a position statement, guidelines on sexual assault prevention, and a toolkit, Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence: A Trauma Informed Approach. He is a recipient of the Ruth E. Boynton Award for Distinguished Service to the American College Health Association. Dr. Claypool is an invited speaker nationally on sexual assault prevention and specifically engaging men in addressing sexual assault. Dr. Claypool enjoys spending time with family, running, triathlon, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Road Runners.