Graduates of this practitioner-scholar based concentration are eligible to become licensed as psychologists and gain additional training working with teams and athletes as sport psychology practitioners with most students meeting criteria for becoming certified consultants, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. A counseling psychology framework underscores coursework in sport and exercise psychology as well as theory, research, and the practice of skills such as assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Graduates of the program work with teams and athletes as sport psychologists in both consulting and counseling roles. Additionally, graduates provide counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, and supervision services or seek careers in administration, teaching, and evaluation.

In addition to the core classes in the PsyD curriculum, students in the athletic counseling concentration will take 24 credits of athletic counseling-specific courses, including five core courses and three electives. See the curriculum requirements.

Research Opportunities

Students in the program are encouraged to engage in research by pursuing their personal research interests or collaborating on projects with faculty and other students. Additionally, all students will complete a sequence of research practicum courses that culminates with the completion of a dissertation. Students are eligible to receive funding from the Graduate Student Research Fund.

Research Team

The Athletic Counseling Research Team is a group that meets weekly to share and discuss research ideas related to athletic counseling and the psychology of sport and exercise. This collaborative environment provides an opportunity for students to participate in both faculty and student research as well as refine their own research ideas. Through attending research team meetings, many students have had the chance to publish papers as well as present at professional conferences.