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Psychology Applied to Sport in the 1940s: The Work of Dorothy Hazeltine Yates

Alan S. Kornspan and Mary J. MacCracken

The purpose of this article is to present the work of Dorothy Hazeltine Yates. Yates was a clinical psychologist who applied psychology to practical problems. One area in which Yates applied her knowledge was psychology applied to athletics. Thus, this article presents Yates’ work with a collegiate boxing team in the early 1940s. This paper will describe Yates’ psychological interventions, teaching, and research with college athletes.