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 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?