Buckeye Psychological Services

Varsity student-athletes experience many "peaks" and "valleys" during their college career. We associate sports with inherent enjoyment, excitement, and prestige, yet there are also unique pressures facing college athletes. These pressures include managing a rigorous schedule filled with classes and practices, traveling to competitions, dealing with injuries, being a highly visible member of the university community, and many more. In addition to these unique challenges, student-athletes might also struggle with the mental stressors common to other students. Anxiety, depression, social issues, relationship concerns, and difficulty adjusting are just some of the concerns that can negatively impact one's performance in sport, school, and life. Many student-athletes can learn to cope effectively with these pressures on their own or with support from family, teammates, and friends. However, at times these multiple demands can exceed athletes' ability to cope, and meeting with a sport psychologist can help them get back to feeling more in control of their lives.

Who Provides the Services?
The Psychologist dedicated to The Ohio State University Athletic Department is Steve Graef, Ph.D. As a former OSU student-athlete himself, Dr. Graef personally recognizes the ups and downs associated with maintaining school, sport and life, and is dedicated to helping others manage their mental health. He works primarily with OSU student-athletes and collaborates with other campus resources to ensure consistent and quality care throughout the university and greater Columbus communities.

The Director of Sport Psychology, Jen Carter, Ph.D., will also provide services to OSU student-athletes. From 2000-2007, Dr. Carter worked as the sport psychologist for OSU Athletics, and she’s thrilled to return to Ohio State as Director of Sport Psychology. In this role, she provides mental health and performance psychology counseling to OSU student-athletes, road warriors, sports medicine patients, and individuals in the community. Dr. Carter focuses on student-athletes with eating/body-image issues, alcohol and other drug issues, and those preferring to meet with a female psychologist.

How Do I Make an Appointment?
Student-athletes can schedule an individual appointment by calling Dr. Graef at 614-293-2432 or by email at stephen.graef@osumc.edu. Student-athletes can schedule appointments with Dr. Carter at 614-293-3600. Both sport psychologists are located at OSU Sports Medicine, 2050 Kenny Road. Individual sessions are confidential in nature, and can be worked around your busy schedule for your convenience. Initial sessions last an hour, and you should arrive approximately fifteen minutes prior to your schedule session time in order to complete the initial paperwork.

Jennifer E. Carter, Ph.D.
Director of Sport Psychology
Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center
2050 Kenny Road, Suite 3100, Pavilion 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43221
614-293-3600 scheduling
614-685-1934 direct line
614-293-2910 fax
Stephen T. Graef, Ph.D.
Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center
2050 Kenny Road, Suite 3100 (Pavilion 3rd Floor)
Columbus, OH 43221-3502
(614) 306-3806 Direct Line and Scheduling
(614) 293-2432 Office
(614) 293-2910 Fax