5661 Director of Psychological Services for Intercollegiate Athletics


TITLE Director of Psychological Services for Intercollegiate Athletics




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, School of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Athletics 


Director of Psychological Services for Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible for teaching, advising, and supervising of mid-level practitioners and licensed counselors. Will be responsible for a wide range of mental health services to student athletes who are experiencing athletic, academic and personal challenges.  In collaboration with the Intercollegiate Athletic Departments, MSU Team Physicians and the Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Department, will ensure that mental health issues of student athletes are being addressed in a timely manner, staying abreast of national trends, and will use data to inform interventions such as education to coaches, staff and student athletes.


Education: A doctorate degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in psychology, counseling, social work or related field with accredited certification or licensure such as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Psychologist is preferred.

Experience: At least three years of full-time experience in counseling services, teaching and/or advising is preferred.   Experience working on a college campus and/or a clinical mental health setting.  Demonstrate experience facilitating psycho-educational training and seminars.

Skills: Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills with particularly working with a diverse population, organizational and management skills; computer literacy in database applications is needed.The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: This position will be required to teach up to 18 credit hours or equivalent during a 12 month period.


1. Provide direct oversight of both the clinical psychology and sport psychology aspects of the psychological services provided to the student athletes.

2. Provide student athletes with culturally responsive individual interventions related to both clinical and performance related psychological issues.

3. Develop and provide coping strategies to enable student athletes to overcome academic, athletic, and personal setbacks/challenges.

4. Provide periodic updates to coaches to keep them abreast of current stressors student athletes are facing.

5. Develop and implement protocols for student-athletes in mental health crisis.

6. Develop and implement protocols for emergency and routine referrals to appropriate resources.

7. Develop, implement and access mental health screening for student athletes.

8. Creates and maintains a healthy environment that supports mental well-being and resilience.

9. Provide and assist in the development of educational opportunities for student athletes, teams, coaches, athletic staff, athletic trainers on mental health/mental performance topics in both individual and group formats.

10. Screens and evaluates student athletes for ADD/ADHD and other cognitive disorders.

11. Assists the student athlete and return to play concerns following injury/concussion.

12. Member of the MSU Athletics concussion policy’s Return-To-Learn team.

13. Member of the MSU Athletics Eating Disorder Policy team.

14. Oversee clinical students from psychology and sport psychology departments.

15. Oversees licensed counselors and mid-level providers.

16. Assist with policies and procedures relating to mental health.

17. Collaborate with the Director of Student Athlete Engagement and Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation to develop and provide services for student athletes, specifically workshops focused on goal setting, relaxation, stress management, active listening, peer interaction, and crisis intervention, conflict resolution, etc.

18. Develops, plans and implements curriculum, lesson plans and education programs for students within areas of expertise.

19. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds. 

20. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and / or courses as directed by the supervisor. 

21. Contributes to the overall success of the department by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor. 


The Director of Psychological Services for Intercollegiate Athletics supervises graduate assistants and student employees.