Sport Psychology


What Are Sport Psychology Services?

Sport psychologists provide mental health counseling and mental skills training. Typical mental health issues are anxiety, depression, dealing with injury, and relationship problems, with the goal of helping student-athletes manage stress more effectively. Mental skills include energy management, goal-setting, focus, imagery, and team-building, with the goal of enhancing athletic and academic performance.

Who Are the Sport Psychologists?

Jen Carter, Ph.D. Dr. Carter has worked as a sport psychologist for OSU Athletics for over ten years. She provides mental health and performance psychology counseling to OSU student-athletes, road warriors, sports medicine patients, and individuals in the community. Dr. Carter also has a specialty in body image and eating disorders. As a former college swimmer and volleyball player, she loves the growth and excitement of the college years, particularly the pursuit of excellence in athletics.
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 committed 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.
Jamey Houle, Ph.D. Dr. Houle is psyched to return to his alma mater. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Houle was a gymnast for 18 years. At The Ohio State University, he was an All-American on the floor exercise, and was part of the teams that won the 2001 NCAA team championship, and the 2001 and 2002 Big Ten team championships. He has also worked with student-athletes at Maryland, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

Student-athletes can schedule an appointment by calling OSU Sports Medicine at 614-293-3600. Individual sessions are confidential and can be worked around your busy schedule for your convenience. Initial sessions last 45 minutes, and you should arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled session time to register and complete the initial paperwork.

OSU Wexner Medical Center Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, 614-293-3600

Jen Carter, PhD. 614-685-1934 (office)
Steve Graef, PhD. 614-293-3600 (office)
Jamey Houle, PhD. 614-293-3600 (office)