Jennifer Carter, PhD

Lead Sport Psychologist

Player profile

  • EXPERIENCE 8TH YEAR
  • EDUCATION KENYON COLLEGE, 1993 (BA); UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, 1996 (MA); UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, 1999 (PH.D. IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY)

Dr. Carter begins her eighth year at Ohio State, and her role in the athletic department is to assist student-athletes with mental health issues and the mental aspects of athletic performance. She also consults with coaches and medical staff regarding psychological issues of student-athletes. She is assigned to Women’s Basketball, Cheerleading, Women’s Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Women’s Golf, Women’s Gymnastics, Women’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, Pistol, Rowing, Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track & Field, and Men’s and Women’s Volleyball.

Before coming to Ohio State, Carter worked with various athletic teams at the University of Notre Dame, Washington State University, and Kenyon College. She is the member-at-large for the Exercise and Sport Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and serves on the steering committee for the Society of Psychologists in Athletics and Medicine. Her specialty is disordered eating among athletes, and she has experience with multiple mental health issues such as depression, substance abuse, and relationship problems.

Carter is a former collegiate swimmer and volleyball player who won the 1994 Honda Award for Division III Athlete of the Year. She continues stoking her competitive fires by participating in masters swimming and triathlon relays. She resides in northwest Columbus.