Student-Athlete Mental Health Panel

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 am – 11 am

Hear four professionals speak on their individual experiences working with student athletes and mental illness:

Dr. Stephany Coakley, a certified mental performance consultant and licensed professional counselor with a doctorate in exercise and sport science with a concentration in sports psychology, was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Mental Health, Wellness and Performance in December, 2017. With the appointment, Dr. Coakley becomes the first full-time mental health specialist with the Temple University Department of Athletics.

Coakley, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple, returns to her alma mater with an impressive resume. Since 2003, the Nassau, Bahamas native has worked as a certified mental performance consultant with Maximum Mental Training Associates in Washington, D.C. There, Coakley coordinated mental health and wellness services for college student-athletes, as well as Olympians and professionals. Her duties included designing and coordinating mental health strength and conditioning programs for multiple and diverse sports; assessing psychological issues impacting athletes in the program; and performing robust evaluations to measure effectiveness and efficiency in order to improve and strengthen existing programs and establish new ones.

In 2007, Coakley, who earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, began working at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. In her position as a master resilience trainer-performance expert, she managed performance enhancement interventions for Basic Combat Training recruits, Warriors in Transition, Army nurses and other military personnel. She also provided master resilience training to senior non-commissioned officers to improve their mental strength, readiness and resilience through the deployment cycle.

Coakley, who has served as an adjunct professor at three schools (Winston-Salem State, Salem College, Bowie State University), has presented at numerous workshops and panels on a variety of mental health and wellness topics over the last 20 years. Her areas of expertise include: mental skills training and mastery, personal player development, sport career transitions (SCT), injury and rehabilitation, positive youth development through sport, parenting well-rounded athletes, managing anxiety and other emotions, coping with pressure, building confidence, maintaining motivation, attention control, and military performance enhancement.


Paul Furtaw, PsyD is Associate Director of Counseling at Drexel University. He is responsible for prevention programming and performance improvement initiatives, including the development of a mental fitness and performance-coaching curriculum for health professional students and other high stakes academic programs. He serves as the primary mental health liaison to the Department of Athletics.

Dr. Furtaw earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, with additional training in organizational consultation and program planning/evaluation. He is licensed as a Psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania.


Edward Darrah, M.A., LPC, NCC is the founder and owner of his private practice, Edward Darrah Counseling & Athlete Wellness Consulting, LLC in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Edward utilizes an athlete-centered approach to address mental health issues and guide his athletes to wellness both on and off the field.

Edward has directly worked with youth athletes, namely at The First Tee of Philadelphia and South Jersey Elite AAU Baseball Team, to strengthen their understanding of achieving peak performance through mental health. Edward also volunteers as a Disaster Mental Health Counselor for the American Red Cross.

Edward completed a B.A. in Psychology at Neumann University and earned his M.A. in Clinical Counseling-Psychology at LaSalle University. Edward recently completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling at Immaculata University.


M. Penny Levin, Ph.D. is a psychologist, certified flight instructor, and personal trainer, who works with individuals whose lives or livelihoods may depend on quick thinking and clear decision-making. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University, where she was the recipient of both a University Fellowship and a Departmental Commendation for Academic Excellence. She is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Temple, serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medical Quality, and is currently working with the College of Population Health at Jefferson University to apply aviation safety practice to medical error prevention.

In addition to her ongoing clinical work, Dr. Levin has spoken nationwide on topics related to the psychological aspects of pilot safety, has written for Flight Training Magazine, National Psychologist, New England Psychologist, and has been a frequent source for She is a chapter co-author in Assessment in Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics, 2017) . In her Critical Incident work, Dr. Levin serves as the Philadelphia Area Coordinator for Response Works, an aviation change/disaster management group, and her CISM experience includes on-the-ground NY-based crisis work in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. She is the recipient of numerous aviation awards, including a Women in Aviation Achievement Scholarship from Women in Aviation International and an Amelia Earhart Career Scholarship, from the International Ninety Nines.