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Dr. Tom Dorsel


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Background Information

Employment History

Professor of Psychology

Francis Marion University

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Western Carolina University


Member of Symposium
Annual Meeting


B.A. Degree

Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky , and New Mexico

B.A. Degree


Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico

M.S. Degree

Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky , and New Mexico

M.S. Degree


Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico



University of New Mexico

Ph.D. degree

Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky , and New Mexico

Ph.D. degree


Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico


Francis Marion University

bachelor's degree


University of Notre Dame



Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico

master's degree

experimental psychology

University of Kentucky

Web References (46 Total References)

Dr. Tom Dorsel's Group Consultation and Seminars [cached]

Dr. Tom Dorsel provides group consultation or seminars for business, health, or community organizations, as well as for professional associations on such topics as communications skills, team building, stress management, confidence, motivation, and many others. Those interested in group consultation and seminars might also want to explore and consider Dr. Dorsel's sport psychology topics which have relevance and interest beyond the field of athletics.

To schedule group programs, simply contact Dr. Dorsel at his business phone, 843-618-4653, or email

Tom Dorsel's Music [cached]


The recording and performing activities of Tom Dorsel are briefly described below.
Tom produced a demo CD entitled " Early Years.

The Dorsel Family Summer Games [cached]

For information on other sport psychology topics from Dr. Tom Dorsel, click on any of the following:

Dr. Tom Dorsel's Resumé [cached]

This page contains the professional activities and accomplishments of Dr. Tom Dorsel over an academic career. Included are his educational degrees; record of teaching, research, and service; honors, grants, and affiliations; scholarly publications and presentations in the areas of experimental, educational, clinical, health, and sport psychology; and a brief history of Tom's personal sports background. Since it is the formal record of over 45 years of activity, the resulting document is rather lengthy. It is, however, organized into categories that one can review before looking at any particular area in detail. If you would like a brief biographical sketch in lieu of the entire resumé, please click here.

Thomas N. Dorsel
Dorsel, T.N.(2002) Clinical Psychology: Practical Guidelines and Useful Materials. Unpublished classroom manual.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Great swing, lousy score: Golf's curious contrasts. Golf Illustrated, 14,
(November/December), 11-13.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Lower your comfort zone. Golf Illustrated, 14, (September/October), 12-14.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Keep your cool on the course. Golf Illustrated, 14, (July/August), 11-14.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Forget mechanics:Swing away. Golf Illustrated, 14, (May/June), 12-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Thrill of going for it: Is it in you? Golf Illustrated, 14, (January/February), 21-24.
Dorsel, T. N. (2007). Hitting great shots under pressure. Golf Illustrated, 13, (September/October), 19-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2007). Getting ready:The proper way to warm-up. Golf Illustrated, 13, (May/June), 28-32.
Dorsel, T. N. (2007). How to reach your goals this season. Golf Illustrated, 13, (January/February), 27-32.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). How your personality can affect your game. Golf Illustrated, 12, (September/October), 19-22.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). The mental gymnastics of putting. Golf Illustrated, 12, (May/June), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). What every player wants: Full-shot control. Golf Illustrated, 12, (March/April), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). Preparing for the new season: Seven tips. Golf Illustrated, 12, (January/February), 18-25.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Seven ways to stay sharp during the off-season. Golf Illustrated, 11, (November/December), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Win club tournaments:Think like a champ. Golf Illustrated, 11, (September/October), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). How to get your head back in the game. Golf Illustrated, 11, (July/August), 18-22.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Make the most out of limited practice time. Golf Illustrated, 11, (April/May), 14-19.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Golf's a struggle:So why not enjoy it? Golf Illustrated, 11, (January/February), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Keep your head down:Curing most players' biggest mistake. Golf Illustrated, 10, (November/December), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Visualize success:Every shot pretty as a picture. Golf Illustrated, 10, (August/September/October), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Six reasons why you should think positive about your game. Golf Illustrated, 10, (June/July), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Faster play - Ten steps to achieve it. Golf Illustrated, 10, (April/May), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Making the big putt. Golf Illustrated, 10, (February/March), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003).Break a slump: Six ways to get your game back on track. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Fall issue), 18-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). Getting better:Play like you practice. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Summer issue), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). How to cope with golf's best and worst. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Special issue), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). Three ways to get better: It's a mental thing. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Spring issue), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). Four things in every round that determine your scores. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Winter issue), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). Five ways to sharpen your mental toughness. Golf Illustrated, 8 (Fall), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). The 9 R's of good golf. Golf Illustrated , 8 (Summer), 14-17.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). Ten tips to make the most out of attending a golf tournament. Golf Illustrated, 8 (Spring), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). Eight secrets to better course management. Golf Illustrated, 8 (Winter), 14-19.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). Lower scores - Don't let ego get in your way. Golf Illustrated, 7 (Fall), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). How to use swing keys more effectively. Golf Illustrated , 7 (Summer), 18-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). Solving golf's mental mysteries. Golf Illustrated , 7 (Spring), 18-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). Play slow-motion golf for better results. Golf Illustrated , 7 (January/February), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). How swing keys and mental images can lower your scores. Golf Illustrated, 6 (November/December), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Take your game to the next level. Golf Illustrated , 6 (September/October), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Six ways to prevent choking. Golf Illustrated , 6 (July/August), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Seven ways to build confidence on the course. Golf Illustrated, 6 (May/June), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Measure your progress with alternative scores. Golf Illustrated, 6 (March/April), 14-15.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). How to play the mental game for 18 holes. Golf Illustrated , 6 (January/February), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). Maintain focus: A can't miss state of mind. Golf Illustrated, 5 (November/December), 28-30.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). The scoreboard: Should you look? Golf Illustrated , 5 (November/December), 18-19.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). Equipment has a mental side, too. Golf Illustrated , 5, (July/August), 28-29.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). How to determine your true handicap. Golf Illustrated , 5, (March/April), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Staying with a bad round. Golf Illustrated , 4, (November/December), 24-25.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Seven things you can do to improve scores & lower your handicap. Golf Illustrated, 4, (September/October), 24-28.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Aggressive play: Why going for the pin pays off. Golf Illustrated, 4, (September/October), 22-23.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Isolate yourself to improve your focus. Golf Illustrated , 4, (May/June), 22-23
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Gain control of your game: Learn to place the ball. Golf Illustrated, 4, (January/February), 20-23.
Dorsel, T. N. (1997). Handling the pressure of partner golf. Golf Illustrated , 3, (November/December), 24-26.
Dorsel, T. N. (1997). Control your thoughts for a better swing. Golf Illustrated , 3, (March/April), 25-27.
Dorsel, T. N. (1996). Count all your strokes. Golf Illustrated , 2 (Sept./Oct.), 22-24.
Dorsel, T. N. (1996). Behavior modification for slow play. Golf Illustrated , 2 (May/June), 26-27.
Dorsel, T. N. (1993). Psyche holes. GOLF Magazine, 35 (March), 135.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Getting it there. GOLF Magazine, 34 (December), 80-81.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Go for it! GOLF Magazine, 34 (August), 49.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Threat or Opportunity ? GOLF Magazine, 34 (March), 35.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Relax. GOLF Magazine, 34 (February), 24.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Why you don't improve. GOLF Magazine, 33 (December), 37.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Uncharted territory. GOLF Magazine, 33 (November), 18.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The zone. GOLF Magazine, 33 (October), 16.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Golf is not 90% mental. GOLF Magazine, 33 (August), 24.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Full focus. GOLF Magazine, 33 (July), 22-23.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The mental side of putting. GOLF Magazine , 33 (May), 54-55.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The mental side of wedge play. GOLF Magazine, 33 (April), 62-63.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The mental side of driving. GOLF Magazine , 33 (March). 48-49.
Dorsel, T. N. (1990). The case for serious golf. Golf Illustrated , 6 (June), 30-31.
Dorsel, T. N. (1988). Talk to yourself: Realistic self-talk means less stress on the course. Golf Digest, 39 (January), 114-116. (Also reprinted in Australian Golf Digest, 1988.)
Dorsel, T. N. (1980).
Dorsel, T. N., & Rotunda, R. J. (2001). Low scores, top finishes, and big money: An analysis of PGA Tour statistics and how these relate to overall performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills , 92, 575-585.
Dorsel, T. N., & Salinsky, D. M. (1990). Enhancing willingness to practice golf through use of a mastery approach. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 70, 415-418.

Dr. Tom Dorsel's Clinical Psychology Practice [cached]

Clinical Psychology Practice of Dr. Tom Dorsel

This page provides a brief description of the background and experience of Dr. Tom Dorsel regarding his practice of clinical and health psychology. Scroll down this page for a brief narrative description of the career phases listed below, as well as for links at the bottom of the page describing Dr. Dorsel's current clinical practice.
Dr. Dorsel's pre-doctoral training led to his receiving the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1974 with an emphasis on applied-experimental psychology. He was particularly interested in learning theory as it applied to matters of education, development, health, sports, clinical and social issues. This work culminated in his taking a position at Western Carolina University where he served on the faculty for 12 years.
Post-doctoral Training
Midway through his tenure at Western Carolina University, Dr. Dorsel returned to graduate school for post-doctoral work in clinical psychology. This work included one year of clinical course work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the APA-approved clinical program of the University of New Mexico, followed by an APA-approved clinical internship at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.
Early Career Practice
Subsequently, Dr. Dorsel returned to full-time teaching at Western Carolina University where he now taught a course in psychotherapy as well as beginning a part-time private practice of clinical psychology in Sylva, NC. He also developed an employee-assistance program for C.J. Harris Hospital, and later extended his clinical work to Asheville, NC, where he served as a part-time staff psychologist for Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital.
Later Career Practice
Four years later, Dr. Dorsel left Western Carolina University for Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, where he became Director of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate Program. In addition to teaching individual, group, and family psychotherapy at the University, he served as Director of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine for Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and also continued with his part-time private practice, now in Florence. During this period, Dr. Dorsel served two terms as President of the South Carolina Psychological Association. His publications in clinical and health psychology can be found in such journals as Behavior Therapy, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology and Health, Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, The American Journal of Hospice Care, and the American Psychologist. He has also presented on several occasions before the American Psychological Association as well as before regional and state associations. For details on publications and presentations, click on resumé at the bottom of this page.
Current Practice
Dr. Dorsel continues to teach in the Graduate Program at Francis Marion University, having stepped down as Director a few years ago. Presently he is coordinating the clinical internship which was initiated during his tenure as Director of the Program. His off-campus clinical work is now reserved exclusively for his private practice. Click at the bottom of the page for (1) the types of therapy Dr. Dorsel offers, (2) information about appointments and fees, (3) procedure for referrals, and (4) information about group consultation and seminars.
How to Contact
For private clinical consultation, Dr. Dorsel can be reached at 843-618-4653.

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