What are Sport Psychology Services?
Sport psychologists provide mental health counseling and mental skills training. Typical mental health issues include anxiety, depression, and recovering from injury. Mental skills for athletic and academic performance include energy management, goal-setting, focus, imagery, and team-building. Student-athletes face tremendous pressure on and off of the field, and sport psychology helps student-athletes respond to this pressure more effectively.

Our Vision
To be the premier sport psychology program in the country though providing clinical, performance enhancement, research, and training services.

Our Mission
To enhance the mental health and performance of Ohio State student-athletes on and off the field.

Our Goals
To provide evidence based effective and efficient prevention, intervention, and postvention services to Ohio State student-athletes, provide consultation to Ohio State Athletics coaches and staff, and to provide training to future clinicians in the field of sport psychology.

Meet Our Team

Jamey Houle, Ph.D ABPP
Lead Sport Psychologist
Houle is a former elite-level athlete, so he has a personal understanding of the needs of athletes. He majored in psychology at Ohio State, where he also was a member of the 2001 NCAA champion gymnastics team and back-to-back Big Ten team champions. He has his master’s degree from Springfield College and earned his Ph.D in counseling psychology from Auburn University. He is certified in counseling psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and he is in his fourth year with Ohio State.
Contact: James.Houle@osumc.edu | 614-688-8993 (o)

Chelsi Day, Psy.D
Sport Psychologist
Dr. Chelsi Day will join the Ohio State sport psychology services staff in September. She has been the director of counseling and sport psychology at Indiana University for the past three years. Her career resume includes adjunct faculty positions, private practice and the founding of the Columbus Marathon “psyching team” in 2013. She has a doctorate and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England, a master’s in sport and exercise psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University, where she also competed as a diver for the two-time MAC champions.
Contact: day.702@osu.edu | 419-544-2692 (c)

Charron Sumler, LPC NCC
Athletic Counselor
Sumler, who played four years of collegiate basketball, arrives at Ohio State after spending the past two years at the University of Texas, where she coordinated services and resources for university students in crisis situations. She has 10 years of counseling, leadership and case management experience and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and a master’s in counseling from Texas State University.
Contact: sumler.2@osu.edu | 614-292-2512 (o) | 210-386-6999 (c)

Candice Williams, Ph.D LPC NCC
Athletic Counselor
Williams has worked for The Trust (Powered by The NFL Players Association) for the past five years as a program manager in wellness and clinical services. She was a member of the NFLPA Mental Health Crisis Team and provided case management and assistance to retired players in acute mental health distress. Williams has her doctorate in counselor education from Sam Houston State University and a degree in psychology from Texas A&M University.
Contact: williams.7318@osu.edu | 614-292-2547 (o) | 202-713-0815 (c)

Schedule an Appointment

Student-athletes can schedule by calling OSU Sports Medicine at 614-293-3600 or contacting a sport psychologist directly. Individual sessions are confidential and can be worked around your busy schedule for your convenience. Sessions last 30-60 minutes, and you should arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session time to register and complete initial paperwork.

OSU Wexner Medical Center Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute,
2835 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43202, 614-293-3600