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.
To set up an appointment, please call the OSU Sports Medicine Center at (614) 293-3600.
Jennifer E. Carter, PhD
|Leif H. Smith, Psy D
Sports and Clinical Psychologist
Direct line: 614/293-2432
Dr. Smith is a Sport Psychologist for OSU Sports Medicine and the OSU Department of Athletics. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Illinois, and completed a post-doctorate fellowship at The Ohio State University. Dr. Smith has worked with athletes at OSU, the University of Iowa and Duquesne University.
Stephen T. Graef, PhD
Dr. Steve Graef returned Ohio State in 2013 as sport psychology consultant. He 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 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.