Robert Andrews (BS '81)
Robert Andrews understands the physical as well as psychological challenges of recovering from a major sports-related injury. It was his own high school and college experiences in recovering from injuries that inspired his passion in sports Psychology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Sam Houston State University in 1981 and a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1995. He then founded the Institute of Sports Psychology in Houston. Through his private practice, he helps high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes achieve peak levels of performance, particularly following major injuries when an athlete’s confidence may be impaired. “My first passion is helping athletes overcome the mental, emotional and psychological aspects of recovering from a sports-related injury,” Andrews said. “There are athletes who heal physically, but are never able to overcome the mental and emotional aspects of the injury. That is how I want to help them.” In addition to helping athletes work through the trauma of sports-related injuries, he also helps them develop techniques to strengthen the psychological aspects of performance, as well as training coaches to maximize their effectiveness with athletes.