Robert Troutwine

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CitizenshipUnited States
  • BSc. (Psychology)
  • Ph.D (Experimental Behavior Psychology)
Alma mater
  • Missouri State University
  • Tulane University
Years active1970-Present
Known forCo-founder of the “Right Profile”[1]

Robert Troutwine is a licensed psychologist who combines research with applied psychology to offer clients a variety of services centered on assessment and performance. The co-founder of the Right Profile, Dr. Troutwine consults industries, organizations, and agencies, specifically sports organizations, military corporations, and law firms. His client list is lengthy and includes widely known organizations such as the New England Patriots, Kansas City Royals, U.S. Navy SEALS, and the Ford Motor Company.[2]

Beginning his career in the late 1970s, Dr. Troutwine built a repertoire of corporate clients while laying important groundwork in the fields of sport and law. It did not take long before Dr. Troutwine had gained national recognition in areas such as these. His specializations include; training and promotion, strategic planning, assessment for the purpose of selection, executive development, performance appraisal, quality enhancement, and organization research development.[2]

Dr. Troutwine has experience in a wide range of areas; his clients include most of the teams in the National Football League, as well as many Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association teams. He has non-athletic clients ranging from Ford Motor and Sprint to the Federal Reserve Bank and U.S. Military Special Forces. Most known for his work in sports, he coached college football for two years in the early 1980s before joining the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984.[3] He has also taken part in talent selection and development, which he provides to coaches, athletes, and parents at collegiate and high school levels to maximize the mental performance of individual athletes and teams. In 2019, Dr. Troutwine collaborated with sports internet company, Ryzer, to distribute the TAP assessment to younger athletes and coaches.[2]


Dr. Troutwine graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1976. In 1980, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Experimental Behavior Psychology from Tulane University.[2]

TAP Assessment

Dr. Troutwine developed the TAP (Troutwine Athletic Profile) Assessment in the 1980’s. The 25-minute assessment is composed of questions that measures both physical and mental ability, such as coachability, processing speed, strength, and academics. The assessment gained the attention of NFL coaches and has been now used by more than 30,000 elite athletes, including Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.[4]

The common dog vs. cat question is one of 75 that Troutwine poses to college football stars every year in his written psychological. Most of the questions require a player to make a choice between two options. About 600 NFL prospects agree to take the quiz every year. The number has now grown and expanded, and upwards of 50,000 athletes at all levels take the TAP every year.[5]

The TAP has allowed coaches and recruiters to choose one athlete over another, based solely on their TAP results. For example, the Colts selected Payton Manning partially on the basis of Troutwine's assessment, while the San Diego Chargers took Leaf with the No. 2 pick.[6] The TAP is also used in corporate settings and during job interviews. One company made everyone that was applying for a job at their company take the TAP to determine their strengths outside of the resume represented experiences.[7]

Additionally, the TAP results give the athlete a distinct athlete type based on their performance and answers on the assessment. The possible results are Eagle, Engineer, Ice, Knight, Maverick, Musketeer, Rocket, and Trailblazer.[8]


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Troutwine & Associates".
  3. Duncan, Rodger Dean. "Hiring A New Team Player? Lessons From The NFL Draft". Forbes.
  4. Mantick, Kelly (April 13, 2017). "Are You as Mentally Tough as Peyton Manning?".
  5. " - Career - Head games: NFL draft tests - January 15, 2001".
  6. Lombardi, Michael (September 10, 2019). "Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Building Teams and Winning at the Highest Level". BROADWAY BOOKS – via Google Books.
  7., The Washington Times. "Tests of character". The Washington Times. {{cite web}}: External link in |last= (help)
  8. "Ryzer | Gain a Physical & Mental Edge".

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