Dr. Eugenia M. Kolasinski earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics (1988), master's degree in statistical computing (1990), and doctoral degree in human factors psychology (1996), all from the University of Central Florida. During her doctoral studies, she held a position as a research fellow with the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and conducted research on motion sickness occurring in simulators and virtual reality systems. After receiving her doctorate, she taught introductory psychology and developmental psychology courses at Valencia Community College prior to accepting a position as an assistant professor of engineering psychology at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, Dr. Kolasinski taught upper-level engineering psychology courses and freshman-level introductory psychology courses. She also conducted research for the US Army on the psychological effects of anti-personnel landmines (APLs) and was involved in research for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the psychological effects of APL-alternative area denial weapons.
After leaving West Point, Dr. Kolasinski continued her APL research as a human factors research analyst with BRTRC Technology Research Corporation, a Federal contractor. In a study conducted on workers during the US Navy’s cleanup of the Hawaiian island of Kaho`olawe, she investigated the psychological effects of and stress associated with clearing unexploded ordnance. She also contributed to research on mine warfare models and simulations. In addition to numerous scholarly publications and presentations, Dr. Kolasinski has also published articles in a variety of commercial markets, including Armed Forces Journal, Law and Order, The Tampa Tribune, Bowlers Journal International, and the South Lake Press.
In 2006, Dr. Kolasinski started EMK Consulting to use her psychology expertise to help elite performers reach their full potential by developing and strengthening the mental aspect of their performance. She worked primarily with professional bowlers on the PBA Tour, the PBA Regional Tour, and the PBA50 Tour, and she also worked with elite youth bowlers. As a member of the advisory staff at the Kegel Training Center, she taught about the mental game to Kegel students and attendees of Kegel’s bowling camps. Building upon her success with elite bowlers, she expanded her services to other sports, primarily auto racing and golf.