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Sport Psychology

Sport psychology is the application of psychological principles to sport performance. Our sport psychologists utilize their unique expertise in both mental health and performance psychology to offer an in-depth understanding of high pressure environments such as athletics. Sport psychology may take the form of mental skills training for performance enhancement or personal counseling.


Jennifer E. Carter, PhD
Lead Sport Psychologist, Ohio State Sports Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Scheduling: 614-293-3600
Direct line: 614-685-1934

Dr. Jen Carter's experience in the sport of swimming drove her to the career of sport psychology. She provides mental health and performance psychology counseling to Ohio State athletes, road warriors, sports medicine patients, clients with body image issues, and individuals in the community. Dr. Carter is a counseling psychologist with specialties in sport psychology and eating disorders. She strives to help adults and adolescents achieve peak performance in multiple life domains.


Stephen T. Graef, PhD
Psychologist, Ohio State Athletics
Scheduling: 614-306-3806

Dr. Steve Graef received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron where he also developed a specialized knowledge in sport and performance psychology. As a former Ohio State 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 student-athletes and collaborates with other campus resources to ensure consistent and quality care throughout the university and greater Columbus communities.