William D Parham
Professor & Director, Counselling Program, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

William D Parham, PhD, ABPP is a professor in the Counselling Program, Interim Associate Dean of Faculty and Past-President of the Faculty Senate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In addition, he serves as the director of the Mental Health and Wellness Program of the National Basketball Players Association.

Dr Parham has devoted his professional career to teaching, training, clinical, administrative and organisational consultation venues. His emphasis on personal empowerment, discovering and cultivating innate talents and looking for opportunities in every situation are trademark foci. He is widely known through his scholarship and conversations with domestic and international audiences for his work on the interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity, trauma, and health psychology.

Written by William D Parham

Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots celebrates a 12-yard touchdown against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI on 5 February 2012. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

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Sports and games
Invisible tattoos

Many athletes are propelled by childhood trauma to succeed, but it’s a toxic myth that healing the wounds blunts the edge

William D Parham