Dr. Lesyk is the director of the Ohio Center for Sport Psychology, Sport Psychologist for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and an Adjunct Asst. Professor of Psychology at Cleveland State University. As a clinical and sport psychologist, he completed his undergraduate work at Penn State and his graduate work at Case Western Reserve University and has been in full-time private practice for over thiry years. Since 1981, he has worked intensively with athletes from over twenty-five different sports, at competitive levels ranging from schoolastic to world-class, Olympic, and professional.
In September 2011 Dr. Lesyk became president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the largest sport psychology organization in the world, with over 2,000 members in 42 countries. He is a Certified Consultant and past memeber of the Executive Board of that organization. In 1983 he attended the first U.S. Olympic Committee's Conference on Sport Psychology in Long Beach, Calif and is currently listed in the U.S. Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology Registry. He is a charter member of Div. 47 (Exercise & Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and served on the divisions's Executive Committee. In 2010 he was presented with the Distinguished Professional Practice award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Dr. Lesyk is a clinical advisor to the American Running Association and is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Medicine and Sports and the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. He has been quoted in a whide variety of publications including: Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Seattle Times, Powerlifting USA, Sports Illustrated for Women, Fit, Shape, and Runners' World. He has discussed his work on radio and television and has presented at national and international professional conferences.
As a youth he participated in tennis, golf, wrestling and fencing. As an adult, he has been and avid runner and has competed in New York, Chicago, and Boston Marathons. While in college he had the honor of serving as the Penn State Nittany Lion Mascot. A frequent speaker at professional, civic, and social organizations, he is known for his particular emphasis that sports should enhance one's overall well-being and joy of living.