Biographical Data

Dr. Shaw has over thirty years of extensive training and experience in the field of human behavior and sport psychology.  She has served as a clinical and sport psychologist to many professional, collegiate and Olympic athletes in the U.S. and internationally.  Dr. Shaw is the Assistant Director and Training Coordinator of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program at Loyola Marymount University Student Psychological Services. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and the past president of the Southern California Association of Black Psychologists. 

Dr. Shaw has a private practice in the View Park area.  Her primary areas of specialization includes working with professional and amateur athletes, men and women in the areas of self-esteem, relationship counseling, co-dependency issues, grief and loss concerns, depressive and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Shaw utilizes an eclectic evidence-based theoretical orientation, incorporating cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, ACT, and solution focused techniques.   

Dr. Shaw provides expert consultation and educational training to athletes, coaches and athletic administration in the following areas (i.e., performance enhancement, mental skills training, stress management, decision-making ability, healthy communication, emotional management, substance abuse, chronic trauma, performance anxiety, anger management, domestic violence, and sexual assault awareness) to improve individual behavior, team performance and the organizational climate.  Recently, Dr. Shaw authored “The Self Esteem Corner”, a chapter in D L Mars book: “The Death of a Fairytale.”  The chapter focuses on the cycle and impact of domestic violence in the lives of people of all ages, ethnicities, diverse occupations and professions.  The   United States Olympic Committee Sport Registry has listed Dr. Shaw as a qualified sport psychologist and she has been certified as a sport consultant with the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.  She has served on many USA World Cup, World Championship and Olympic teams.

Currently, Dr. Shaw provides sports and personal consultation to students, coaches, and senior administration at Loyola Marymount University’s Athletic Department.   Dr. Shaw was the clinical psychologist for the 2012 Silver Medalists U.S.A. Women’s National Volleyball Team.  She has consulted with the University of Texas Women’s Track & Field National Championship teams, UCLA Women’s Track & Field National Championship and Pacific 10 Conference Championship teams and with UCLA and USC men’s and women’s athletic teams.  She has assisted many athletes to positions of excellence, producing, world champions, national champions, collegiate record holders, national and world rankings and Olympians.  Dr. Shaw served as one of two sport psychologists with the USA Track & Field Team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.   

Dr. Shaw has secured clinical and sport psychologist’s opportunities with the National Basketball Association Mental Health & Wellness Programs, the National Football League’s Family Assistance Program, USA Track and Field Sport Psychology Group, the National Figure Skating Association and the Women’s Tennis Association.  Dr. Shaw has also provided individual counseling services to players in the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.  

Previously, Dr. Shaw had an advice column, (Ask Dr. Tracy), in the Wave newspaper distributed in the Southern California area. Throughout her tenure, Dr. Shaw has been featured numerous times in a variety of professional and national periodicals.  In the city of Los Angeles, Dr. Shaw is known as the relationship expert due to her countless appearances on local radio stations specifically, Stevie Wonder’s KJLH 102.3 in Inglewood, California.

Dr. Shaw received her Masters and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a minor in substance abuse and sport psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1986 and 1988 respectively.