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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.

To set up an appointment, please call Ohio State Sports Medicine at (614) 293-3600.


Jennifer E. Carter, PhD
Director of Sport Psychology
Scheduling: 614-293-3600
Direct line: 614-685-1934

My experience in the sport of swimming drove me to the career of sport psychology. From 2000-2007, I worked as the sport psychologist for OSU Athletics, and I'm thrilled to return to Ohio State as Director of Sport Psychology. In this role, I provide mental health and performance psychology counseling to OSU athletes, road warriors, sports medicine patients, and individuals in the community. My goal is to build consulting relationships with sport organizations locally, nationally and internationally in a relentless pursuit of developing the premier sport psychology service in the U.S. I'm a counseling psychologist with specialties in sport psychology and eating disorders. I strive to help adults and adolescents achieve peak performance in multiple life domains.


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

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.