Mike holds a B.A. degree in social & behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a minor in medical psychology at West Virginia University and received his internship training at the East Orange (New Jersey) Veterans’ Administration Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Division of Health Psychology and the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
He was involved in training physicians, intensive care unit nurses, neonatal intensive care unit nurses, nurse anesthetists, and enterostomal therapists for twenty-five years. He was the psychologist for the Family Practice Residency at Polyclinic Medical Center and continues as the psychologist for Internal Medicine Residency and Surgical Residency Programs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was an adjunct assistant professor of behavioral science at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center—Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
He has been an invited reviewer for Pennsylvania Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Western Journal of Medicine, the Sport Psychologist, and Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Dr. Asken has published articles in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Surgical Research, Primary Care, Journal of Family Practice, Pennsylvania Medicine, Journal of Medical Education, Family Medicine, Physician Executive, Journal of the Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Journal of Practical Nursing, Professional Psychology, the International Journal of Sport Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, among others.
While continuing to train residents and physicians, Dr. Asken is now the psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police. He is on the editorial board of The FireArms Instructor. He has written articles for PoliceOne.com., The Crisis Negotiator, The Tactical Edge, Calibre Press Street Survival Newsline, SWAT Digest, Law Officer, The Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police, and the FireArms Instructor. He is an instructor for Top Gun undercover narcotics agent training. He has consulted with and/or provided training for the National Tactical Officers’ Association, Eastern States Vice Investigators Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association, the FBI, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Agents, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Navy Special Warfare Group I, and the U.S. Army War College.
Dr. Asken is the author ofMindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress SituationandEmotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for High Stress Crisis Negotiations. He is co-author with Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman and Loren Christensen ofWarrior MindSet: Mental Toughness Skills for a Nation's Defenders—Applying Performance Psychology to Combat.