The UpsideDown Performance Team

Meet the UpsideDown Performance Team: Carmen Tebbe Priebe, Angie Fifer & Chelsea Latorre


Carmen Tebbe Priebe, Ph.d.

I am a licensed psychologist with extensive experience providing counseling, performance enhancement, team-building, leadership, and consultation services to Division I college student-athletes, coaches, and staff.  Starting in 2006, I served the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department for 9 years in multiple roles, including Director for Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes (PROS) for 5 years.  At OU, my staff and I provided counseling, performance enhancement, psycho-educational assessment, leadership, and team-building services for all OU student-athletes.  For several years, my responsibilities also included oversight of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and New Student-Athlete Orientation.

While we loved life in Oklahoma, my husband and I knew we wanted to raise our children closer to family and we moved to Ankeny, Iowa in August 2015.  I worked for the Iowa State University Student Counseling Services for 9 months and then started my current role as a part-time sport psychologist for the University of Iowa Athletics Department.  In addition to serving the Hawkeyes, I have a consulting and private practice business.

I have enjoyed teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on student-athlete development and mental health, performance enhancement, leadership, and college student-athlete adjustment/preparation.  My passion for assisting student-athletes make a successful transition to college started during my graduate work at the University of North Texas, where I coordinated the Psychology of Learning and Success courses geared toward the transition to college, and tailored curriculum specifically for the student-athlete population.  This experience led to my focused research on this topic, including co-authoring a book chapter “The College Student-Athlete Experience and Academics” in Counseling and Psychological Services for College Student-Athlete.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association (Division 47 – Sport and Exercise Psychology) and Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP certified consultant) and frequently present on topics related to student-athlete mental health and performance enhancement at national conferences.  Through my participation as one of sixteen Subject Matter Experts to create an AASP certification exam,  I had the opportunity to get to know Angie Fifer better and the combination of our backgrounds and experience with student-athlete transitions led to the creation of UpsideDownPerformance. 

My volleyball career at USC Upstate (formerly University of South Carolina – Spartanburg) sparked my interest in the integration of psychology and sport and I went on to pursue my master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Wake Forest University and Counseling Psychology Ph.D. (sport psychology concentration) from the University of North Texas. 

Angie Fifer, ph.d.

I am the Sport Psychology Coordinator for Drexel University athletics and provide team and individual mental skills interventions to 18 teams and over 450 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. I am also the owner of Breakthrough Performance Consulting, LLC, in Philadelphia, PA. The practice focus is helping performers to break through to a new level of excellence utilizing mental skills to prepare, compete, and recover at the top of their abilities. Prior to this position, I spent the past seven years as a Performance Psychology Trainer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I provided performance excellence training including confidence building, attention and focus training, effective goal setting, stress and energy management, and visualization to numerous Division I and club teams and individuals. I also provided monthly leadership training for all the West Point athletic team captains.

I have an extensive background teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in sport psychology, coaching education, and transition into college. At the US Military Academy, I taught a freshman student success course over a dozen times, as well as collaborated with colleagues on curriculum development.  My interest in transition from high school to collegiate athletes began through my own journey as a gymnast, but was cut short by a career-ending injury. My loss of sport helped push me into the field of sport psychology where I earned bachelor’s degrees in both Kinesiology and Psychology at Penn State, and then in a master’s degree at California State University, Fullerton, where I completed my thesis on athletic identify and sport career termination. I went on to complete my PhD at Michigan State University.

As an active and engaged member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, I am on the Executive Board as the Scientific Program Chair-elect where I will be collaborating with the Conference Planning Committee to organize the next three annual conference programs. I also supported AASP as a content expert during the Job Task Analysis charged with developing the curriculum for the organizations newly created exam-based certification. I have also been the chair and a member of the student development committee and served as a reviewer for submitted conference abstracts. I frequently present on best practices in applied sport psychology and am also a certified consultant.

I practice performance excellence as a marathoner, ultra-marathoner, and a three-time Ironman triathlete.

Chelsea LatorrE, M.Ed.

I am currently a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at West Virginia University. I played volleyball throughout high school and have been involved in recreational and intramural sports since that time. I am honored to be part of the UpsideDown Performance Team because the foundation of this company is everything I wish I had during my collegiate experience. Though the lessons are geared toward the student-athlete experience, I believe college students (undergraduate and graduate) can benefit from the strategies and techniques introduced in these courses.