Dr. David Udelf maintains Becker, Udelf, and Associates (BUA), a private clinical and sport/performance psychology practice he co-founded in 1992. BUA has two offices conveniently located on the east and west sides of the Cleveland (Ohio) metropolitan area. He has been in private psychology practice since 1987.
To empower children, adolescents, and adults to take charge of their lives via dedicated, caring, and responsive service. Clients are respectfully and patiently encouraged to take the committed actions that will enable the achievement of a valued, fulfilling, life.
"Treat a person as they are, and they will remain as they are; treat a person as they can and should be, and they will become as they can and should be."
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Diverse experience in a variety of settings gives Dr. Udelf a seasoned, practical, approach to his therapeutic work. His assists children, adolescents, and adults in dealing with a wide range of issues, including: Anxiety, depression, school performance, anger, behavioral, ADHD, family, relationships, and health. Dr. Udelf is available for onsite consultation and public speaking at schools, mental health facilities, and other organizations.
Dr. Udelf's lifelong involvement with athletics as a psychologist, youth sports administrator, coach, and athlete has forged a unique, sensible, perspective on young people, sports, and performance. He serves athletes and other performers—both professional and amateur—representing a wide-range of ages, sports, and disciplines. He is a referral source for Employee Assistance Programs serving the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB). Dr. Udelf is available for onsite consultation and public speaking with youth athletic/performance organizations, teams, coaches, program administrators, and other groups.
Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Udelf served as a school psychologist, working for the Dayton (Ohio) City Schools in 1977-78; the North Olmsted (Ohio) City Schools in 1978-79; the Shaker Heights (Ohio) City Schools from 1979 thru 1983; and the Cherry Creek (Colorado) Public Schools from 1983 thru 1986. While pursuing his Doctorate Degree, Dr. Udelf worked in the St. Luke's Hospital Adolescent Addictions Recovery Unit and the Rose Medical Center Institute for Weight Choice, both located in Denver, Colorado. He gained experience in emergency room psychiatric care, chronic pain, and inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric treatment while interning at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Udelf served as a psychologist for Bellefaire, a residential treatment center for children and adolescents, located in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1987 thru 1990.
Dr. Udelf earned his Doctor of Psychology Degree at the University of Denver (1987) and completed his psychology internship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1987). He received a Master of Science Degree in school psychology from Miami University (1977), and his Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Miami University (1975).
Dr. Udelf founded Shaker Parents Aware (Ohio), a grass-roots community program designed to combat youth substance abuse. He was the first Chairperson of the Cherry Creek (Colorado) Task Force on Substance Abuse in the middle 1980s. Other community service work includes: Board of Directors activity with the Shaker Heights Youth Center; and Coordinator of Volunteer Services for Bunker Hill Haven for Boys, a group foster home located in Oxford, Ohio, from 1975 thru 1977.
Dr. Udelf has coached amateur baseball since 1969 at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels of play. He was instrumental in establishing the Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School and Miami University Hockey programs and continues to be involved in their respective hockey alumni associations. He has previously been involved in the administration and organization of the Shaker Youth Baseball League, the Shaker Youth Hockey Association, and the Cherokee (Colorado) Youth Baseball League.
Media involvement is another longtime endeavor for Dr. Udelf. He currently covers the Cleveland Browns for local print and media outlets. Previously, he was sports editor of The Miami Student, as a senior at Miami University. He has been published in the Dayton Daily News, Hamilton (Ohio) Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, Sun Newspapers, and Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Dr. Udelf’s extensive radio broadcast resume includes: Hosting Teen-Talk, a sports call-in show targeting young people, and co-hosting The Family Hour, Sports Talk for Kids, and The Erik Boland Show. He has provided expert professional commentary for local and national radio and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, investigative news reporting, and talk-show programming.