Dr. Mitch Abrams, raised in Brooklyn, New York, received his Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College and earned his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from C.W. Post/Long Island University. He received specialized training in Family Violence and Anger Management.
Dr. Abrams was the Senior Psychologist at Coney Island Hospital's Psychiatric Inpatient Program in Brooklyn, NY and then moved on to work as a staff psychologist at Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey. Over the course of thirteen years working inside the prison system, Dr. Abrams progressed from directing the inpatient mental health units at Northern State Prison to his current position as Clinician Administrator for Rutgers/University Correctional Healthcare where he is responsible for the delivery of mental health services for five of the state’s thirteen state prisons. Dr. Abrams coordinates the Forensic Track of UMDNJ’s predoctoral psychology internship and has been involved with several aspects of advancing the quality of mental health services in prison systems. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has held adjunct faculty positions at Brooklyn College, Long Island University/C.W. Post and Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, he has been in private practice for the almost fourteen years providing sport, clinical and forensic psychology services.
While developing the only comprehensive anger management program for athletes, Dr. Abrams began consulting with athletes seventeen years ago. He has created a niche for himself utilizing anger management training to assist athletes reach peak performance on the field and in life. He has consulted with thousands of athletes and has developed programs for athletic organizations at the Youth Sport, High School and College levels. His programming has primarily been in the areas of dating violence prevention, anger management and issues related to trauma, as well as mental health issues in sports. Dr. Abrams works to build the strengths of athletes, coaches and teams through improved communication, life skills introduction and direct counseling. He is the Founder and President of Learned Excellence for Athletes – his sport psychology consulting company located in Fords, New Jersey.
He is a full member of the American Psychological Association as well as its Divisions 47 - Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology and Division 41 - The American Psychology-Law Society. Further, he holds membership in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), where he is also the Chair of the “Anger & Violence in Sport” Special Interest Group (SIG) and is a reviewer of submissions for the program of AASP's annual conference. Recently, he has joined the review panel for the journal, The Sport Psychologist.
He is a licensed Psychologist in the states of New York (#14186) and New Jersey (#3936).