Biographical Background
in Youth Sports Psychology
Dr. Darrell Burnett

Clinical Child Psychologist

Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Sports Psychologist specializing in youth sports


Youth Sports Coach

Parent of three

Private practice for 25+ years in southern California (Laguna Niguel)


B.A. and M.A. in philosophy (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C) M.A. in Psychology ( Xavier University )

Ph.D. in Psychology ( United States International University , San Diego. , California ).

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology ( The Neuropsychiatric Institute , UCLA)

Youth Sports

Little League Baseball, AYSO Soccer, National Junior Basketball
Youth Sports

Coordinator/coach for sports programs for developmentally disabled:

“Challenger” Program (California District 55 Little League).

“VIP” (Region 41, AYSO),

“Hot Hoops” (National Junior Basketball).


Elected in 1996 as a “National Sports Ethics Fellow” by the Institute for International Sport, recognizing his "consistent interest and effort in promoting the ideals of ethics and fair play in sports and society."

Selected as the Laguna Niguel, California “Citizen of the Year “ in 2001, for volunteer work with developmentally disabled youngsters in youth sports, for volunteer work as a member of the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation, and for volunteer work for Children’s Home Society, and South Coast Medical Center.

Selected to receive the 2003 “Spirit of Giving” Award by Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, for his volunteer work with developmentally disabled youngsters in sports.


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