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Karina Falkstrom, M.S.

Manager for Patterson Sports Ventures

Background & story

Background & story

Karina has been a Manager for Patterson Sports Ventures since the beginning of 2021. She received her masters degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of North Texas in the Spring of 2023. She is a current member of AASP (Associated for Applied Sport Psychology) since 2021. She played for the UNT softball team from 2021-2023, using her years of eligibility she gained following the pandemic. While at UNT, she was a part of the first team to win the Conference USA championship tournament and make regional finals, while reaching number 22 in the NCAA Division I national rankings. As a student, she worked as a research assistant in the UNT Sport & Exercise Psychophysiology Lab, where she works with electroencephalography (EEG) technology to identify neural biomarkers of disease, and the effects of exercise for improving neurocognitive function and mental health. Other research interests include the role of gender in sport, emotion regulation, and the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and sport performance.

Karina graduated from Pitzer College in May of 2021 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Spanish minor. There, she competed for the Pomona-Pitzer softball team beginning in 2017 in Claremont, California where she was a part of the winningest softball team in program history and reached number 11 in the national ranking.

Upon graduating and finishing her athletic career, Karina now works full-time with PSV while also using her sport psychology degree to work towards receiving her CMPC (Certified Mental Performance Consultant) certification.

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